Return to Haifa

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!

ARGENTINA
by Boaz Gaon
Directed by Sinai Peter
Featuring Noa Baum, Jenifer Deal, Rick Foucheux, Erez Kahana, Michael Kramer, Alexander Strain and Michael Willis
Friday, January 21, 2:00 pm
A new work by the adapter of RETURN TO HAIFA
The Israeli daughter of a “disappeared” Argentinean Jew visits the former Ambassador to Argentina hoping to discover what became of her father 20 years earlier during the junta’s rise to power.

A RAILWAY TO DAMASCUS
by Hillel Mitelpunkt
Directed by Sinai Peter
Featuring Lindsay Haynes, Erez Kahana, Michael Kramer, Jennifer Mendenhall, Karl Miller, Jay Saunders and Michael Tolaydo
Monday, January 24, 7:30 pm
By the acclaimed author of THE ACCIDENT
Haifa, 1942. With the German army approaching and tensions between Jews and Arabs on the rise, the British contemplate retreat. Sara is caught in a swirl of betrayal, fanaticism, and fear.

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