By Shachar Pinkas and Shay Pitovsky
Directed by Michael Bloom
At the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company / February 16-28, 2016
On tour at area universities / February 29-March 6, 2016


The youth ensemble of Habimah, Israel's national theater, created this documentary-infused kaleidoscope chronicling the waves of Sudanese refugees who crossed the desert to enter Israel legally and illegally, finding themselves stranded in a drama of relocation and displacement. Adapted for an American troupe and staged by the former artistic director of the Cleveland Play House, Michael Bloom (Off-Broadway’s Sight Unseen), this story personalizes a history of immigration and asks pointed questions about race and the limits of empathy in a welcoming society. Part of the Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival, this production will take place in Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's 100-seat Rehearsal Hall.

Run time: 70 minutes.


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Shahar Pinkas


Shahar Pinkas (Playwright)

Shahar Pinkas studied directing at Faculty of Arts, Tel-Aviv University. Currently works as a dramaturg for the Habima national theatre of Israel. Her plays include: The Promised Land (co-written with Shay Pitovsky, HaBima National Theatre of Israel), Meat-ladies and Gentleman (Herzeliya Ensemble theatre), Purseus and Medusa (Haifa University Theatre), Walk(wo)man (interactive play for Akko Festival for Alternative Theatre), Movement (Tel-Aviv University Theatre).

Shay Pitovsky


Shay Pitovsky (Playwright)

Shay Pitovsky is a playwright, director and Artistic Director of Elad Theater, and from 2008- 2015 was Artistic Director of the Young Habima Company. He is an alumnus of the Dramatic Arts School of Seminar Hakibbutzim (directors division), and of the School for Drama Writing. Projects at The Habima Theater include: Ten Minutes from Home (after the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin), the promised land and God Waits at the Station (both international projects by the UTE), The Nose by Gogol, Monsieur de Pourceaugnac by Moliere, The Oath (based on a Jewish tale) and I Shall Not Hate (based on the autobiography by Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish). At Haifa Theater: The adventures of a donkey that is all pure (based on a children’s book by Nachum Gutman). Fringe Festival projects include: The Breakdown by Durrenmatt (Winning Best Show of the Year, Best Director, and Best Costumes), Beatrice (based on a short story by Nahum Guttmann) and Drawers (a dance-theater performance).

Michael Bloom


Michael Bloom (Director)

Michael Bloom is former artistic director of Cleveland Play House (2004-13) and an award-winning director. Now a resident of the DC area, he most recently directed Arthur Miller’s The Price at Olney Theatre Center. Off-Broadway he directed the NY premiere of Sight Unseen at Manhattan Theatre Club, (Drama desk nomination). His regional work includes Gross Indecency (Elliot Norton Award, Best production) at Huntington Theatre Company and Dinner with Friends at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He has also directed at Williamstown Theatre Festival, South Coast Rep, Berkeley Rep, Old Globe Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Kansas City Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Geffen Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, and Seattle Rep In Tokyo he directed The Glass Menagerie and The Miracle Worker. He has taught at Harvard/ART, UCLA, NYU, and University of Texas, Austin. Mr. Bloom has written Jane Austen’s Emma (Samuel French), Christmas Freud, and Thinking Like a Director (Faber & Faber), as well as articles in American Theatre Magazine and the New York Times. 

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