Voices of a Changing Middle East Festival: Portraits of Home
Presented by Israel’s premier Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv and its talented cast of Arab- and Jewish-Israeli actors, the adaptation will likely be an American audience’s first introduction to the works of Kanafani. Among the foremost writers of Palestinian and Arab fiction, Ghassan Kanafani was also a spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. His ties to perpetrators of the 1972 Lod Airport bombing, committed by Japanese Red Army members on behalf of the PFLP, may have led to his assassination that same year in Beirut – in all likelihood by the Mossad.
Adapted by Boaz Gaon from the novella by Ghassan Kanafani and directed by Sinai Peter, Portraits of Home is a cross-cultural collaboration from the Israeli company that brought their kinetic Hamlet to DC in 2007, this heart-rending saga tells the story of Sa’id and Saffiyah, who return to the home they fled and learn the fate of the baby they left behind. Now a young soldier, Dov meets his birth parents while cleaving to the Holocaust survivors who raised him. Performed in Hebrew with English sur-titles.
Additional readings complementing Return to Haifa Performed by an assembly of some of DC’s finest actors!
All readings and performances $10 each or buy a festival pass for all nine events for only $50!