Written and performed by Aaron Davidman
Directed by Michael John Garcés
Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
January 6-24, 2016
One man’s journey to comprehend the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as it courses through his divided psyche and argumentative community. Originally commissioned by Theater J in 2007, Davidman’s evolving excavation into the contours of conflict now illuminates a personal story that grapples with the complexities of identity, history and social justice. Wrestling Jerusalem gives voice to a dozen characters, animating their struggles, soul searchings and defensive barriers that give way to a spiritual oneness that offers a promise of peace in the midst of bloodshed. Part of the Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival.
Run time: 1 hour, 30 minutes.
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Aaron Davidman (Writer & Performer)
Aaron Davidman is a playwright, actor, director and producer. He is drawn to stories of ethnic history and cultural complexity that challenge our assumptions of the “other”. Aaron served as Artistic Director of Traveling Jewish Theatre in San Francisco from 2002-2011. Among many works at TJT he conceived, co-wrote and directed the international collaboration Blood Relative about the Israeli-Palestinian story; co-wrote and performed in God’s Donkey; originated the role of Momik Neuman in See Under: Love, based on the David Grossman novel; and directed Death of a Salesman. Outside of TJT Aaron’s work includes directing the world premiere of This World in a Woman’s Hands by Marcus Gardley and the world premiere of Gardley’s Love is a Dream House in Lorin, both at Shotgun Players, and the world premiere of Gardley’s The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. He directed Golda’s Balcony and The Chosen at TheatreWorks. And he appeared in Theatre J’s 10th Anniversary production of The Chosen at Arena Stage. His play Wrestling Jerusalem, commissioned by Ari Roth and supported in part by the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, TJT and Theatre J, received it’s world premiere in 2014 at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco to critical acclaim. It is now touring nationally and being made into a feature film directed by Dylan Kussman. Aaron received his theatrical training at Carnegie Mellon University, earned a BA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in creative writing/playwriting from San Francisco State University. More about Aaron at aarondavidman.com.