Thursday, May 27, 2010

Theatrical Call to Action: There is a Field

"This October marks the ten-year anniversary of what Palestinians inside Israel refer to as "Black October." As the second Intifada erupted in the West Bank and Gaza, demonstrations also began in Arab villages inside Israel. In October 2000, twelve Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed in these demonstrations by Israeli security forces. One of those killed was a seventeen year old boy named Asel Asleh. He was shot point blank in the neck by Israeli police at a demonstration outside his village. Asel had been a participant in a peace program called Seeds of Peace. He was wearing a Seeds of Peace t-shirt at the time of his killing and was buried in it. There is a Field is about Asel's life and his death, through the perspective of his older sister, Nardin. The play is culled entirely from primary source material: interviews with Nardin and other family members over a seven year period; emails between Asel and Nardin; Asel's emails to his friends from Seeds of Peace; and transcripts from the commission of inquiry that the Israeli government held regarding the October killings. The play also addresses the larger issues facing Palestinians inside Israel, which are rarely addressed or acknowledged. The ten-year anniversary of Black October offers an important opportunity to inject these issues into the discourse. Therefore, throughout the month of October, theatre companies and activists world-wide are invited to take on this script. Be it fully mounted productions, staged readings, or a "living room reading," There is a Field will be launched throughout the world this October, serving as a platform for awareness and discussion. If you are willing to organize a performance/staged reading/living room reading in your community during October 2010, please contact Jen Marlowe, The script is available upon request."