Arab – Israeli Reconciliation Through the Arts:

Wrestling Jerusalem Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2014

PRESS CONTACT:
Rebecca Ahrens, Marketing and Communications
rebecca.ahrens@theintersection.org, (415) 626-2787

WRESTLING JERUSALEM

A new play written and performed by Aaron Davidman will

premiere at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco in March 2014.

Set in America, Israel and Palestine, WRESTLING JERUSALEM follows one man’s journey to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Davidman’s solo performance is a personal story that grapples with the complexities of identity, history and social justice. Giving voice to a dozen different characters, the play sheds light on one of the most entrenched conflicts of our time.

Directed by Michael John Garcés, WRESTLING JERSUSALEM has been in development for several years. It was commissioned by Theatre J in Washington D.C. as part of their annual Voices From A Changing Middle East Festival where Davidman workshopped an early version of the play. It was then developed in part by Traveling Jewish Theatre, Sundance Institute Theatre Program and Playwrights Foundation, where Davidman used public performance readings to continue to hone the piece.

He says it’s now time to present the finished work. “There seems to be an opening in the public conversation about Israel and Palestine right now. The Bay Area Community, Jewish, Arab and otherwise, has had a tough time talking about this conflict in public. My play is an attempt to move us beyond polemic.”

Davidman, who served as Artistic Director of Traveling Jewish Theatre for 10 years, was invited by Intersection for the Arts to be an Artist-In-Residence. Randy Rollison, Program Director at Intersection for the Arts, says, “We’re thrilled to give Aaron an artistic home at Intersection and to premiere this new important work. No other theatre in this country seems to be taking on this issue right now.”

Michael John Garcés, Artistic Director of Los Angeles’ Cornerstone Theater Company, comes to the project with years of experience directing politically charged plays and a career immersed in theatre as social engagement. “WRESTLING JERUSALEM is a passionate examination of a society under duress and its moral compromises of conflict and violence,” says Garcés. “At the same time the play is a deeply individual exploration of one man’s journey towards personal enlightenment and understanding what it means to be an American Jew in today’s world. It is an example of engaged theater at its best. ”

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Previews: March 12, 13, 14 at 7:30pm

Opening Night: March 15 at 7:30pm

Performances: Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm

Sunday at 2pm

Through April 6

Detail:

March 16 at 2pm

March 20, 21, 22 at 7:30pm

March 23 at 2pm

March 27, 28, 29 at 7:30pm

March 30 at 2pm

April 3, 4, 5 at 7:30pm

April 6 at 2pm

VENUE

Intersection for the Arts

925 Mission St., San Francisco

POST PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS:

Audiences are invited to participate in the PEACE CAFE following SUNDAY matinee performances. Creating space for community conversation, the PEACE CAFÉ is a facilitated dialogue program where people can break bread together, respond to the play and discuss their experience.

The PEACE CAFE is presented by New Israel Fund and Intersection for the Arts.

The creation of other post-performance programs are in progress and will be listed on the Intersection website.

TICKETS AND INFORMATION

Tickets are $20 for previews, $30 for general admission.

Order tickets online: http://www.theintersection.org.

More information: http://www.wrestlingjerusalem.com

INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS

Established in 1965, Intersection is a pioneering arts and community development organization that brings people together across boundaries to instigate break-through change. Intersection’s programs emphasize relationships, collaboration, and process. Intersection works with hundreds of artists through residencies, commissions, fellowships, fiscal sponsorship and incubation, performances, exhibitions, workshops and public art projects. Annually, Intersection works with more than 50 community partners across sector and field. Intersection is a lead collaborator on the 5M Project, a 4-acre multi-phase, mixed-use development project located in downtown San Francisco. With The 5M Project, Intersection is helping to prototype the next generation of urban development that embraces diversity of thought, life experience, and culture as essential to positive economic and social change in our neighborhoods. 5MPlaceWorks, a collaboration led by Intersection for the Arts, brings the 5M Project and Central Market neighbors together with artists, makers, entrepreneurs, social change agents, and technology innovators to collaboratively develop a new kind of place that unlocks resources, connection, and creativity across silos and disciplines.

INTERSECTION’S ARTIST RESIDENCIES

We are committed to providing artists across disciplines with the opportunity and resources to experiment and develop new work in a nurturing environment; to engage deeply with our community; and to further dialogue about the role that art plays in our world by sharing the process of making new work with a broad audience. This program is designed to expand and deepen the potential for local artists and audiences to participate in the visioning and programming of the organization in substantial long-term ways. Intersection works with artists in all stages of their career for extended periods and emphasizes the process of art making.

NEW ISRAEL FUND

The New Israel Fund (NIF) is the leading organization advancing democracy and equality for all Israelis. THey believe that Israel can live up to its founders’ vision of a state that ensures complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants, without regard to religion, race, gender or national identity.

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