Artsfile: New anthology shows how theatre can help ease Middle East conflict

Artsfile: New anthology shows how theatre can help ease Middle East conflict

BY PATRICK LANGSTON

Can theatre solve the Middle East conflict?

Stephen Orlov and Samah Sabawi believe it could help. The two playwrights are the editors of Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas. The book focuses on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and is the first-ever English-language anthology of works by Jewish and Palestinian writers. It includes interviews with the various playwrights about the challenges of writing and staging their work.

Orlov – a Boston-born Jew living in Montreal – and Sabawi — a Gaza-born Palestinian now living in Melbourne, Australia – will speak about their book at the Ottawa International Writers Festival on April 30.

“Our hope is that the anthology will give voice to one of the great issues confronting not simply the identity of Jews and Palestinians, but all of humanity,” says Orlov.

Adds Sabawi, who was in Montreal in advance of the duo’s appearance at that city’s Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival: “The goal is to present stories to bring us closer to understanding the impact of the decisions politicians make on real people on the ground and to shed light on the injustice and oppression.” She says the book exemplifies how a Jewish and a Palestinian playwright can join forces to open up a space that brings both sides closer together.  Read more…

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