Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival

National Tour

Anchor Production:
I Shall Not Hate
Based on the memoir by Izzeldin Abuelaish
Adapted by Izzeldin Abuelaish and Shay Pitovsky


The story of the Gaza fertility doctor (nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize) who refuses to relinquish his commitment to coexistence, even after tragedy befalls his family during Operation Cast Lead. The production, performed in Hebrew and Arabic by one of Israel's leading Palestinian actors, Gassan Abbas, brings humanity and heroism to the role of Abuelaish, in a script adapted and staged by one of our Festival's featured young artists, the Israeli director, Shay Pitovsky. Part of the Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival.


Performed in Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.


2018 Tour Dates

February 2-4, 2018: The University of Oklahoma 

Friday, February 2 • I SHALL NOT HATE | Post Show Discussion
Saturday, February 3 • WRESTLING JERUSALEM | Post Show Discussion
Saturday, February 3 • I SHALL NOT HATE | Peace Café
Sunday, February 4 • VIA DOLOROSA | Post Show Discussion

February 9-11, 2018: Grinnell College 

Friday, February 9 • WRESTLING JERUSALEM 

Saturday, February 10 • I SHALL NOT HATE 

Sunday, February 11 • I SHALL NOT HATE 

February 16-18, 2018: Eastern Mennonite University 

Friday, February 16 • I SHALL NOT HATE 

Saturday, February 17 • I SHALL NOT HATE 

Saturday, February 17 • I SHALL NOT HATE 

Sunday, February 18 • VIA DOLOROSA 

February 20, 2018: University of Chicago, Logan Center for the Arts 


A Multi-Faith, Multi-Perspective Lens on the Palestinian-Israel Conflict


followed by Peace Cafe

Complemented By:
Wrestling Jerusalem
Optional screening of feature film or performance of staged production
Written and performed by Aaron Davidman
Based on the play directed by Michael John Garcés
Directed for the screen by Dylan Kaussman

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.

Via Dolorosa
Chamber presentation of staged play by David Hare
Performed by David Bryan Jackson and Jonathan Tindle

In 1998, British playwright David Hare traveled to Israel and Palestine to confront the disparate ideals of those of the "Holy Land." Upon his return, Hare transformed his conversations with politicians, artists, settlers, and historians into vibrant first person testimonies. Hare called upon his background as an outsider, neither Jewish or Muslim, but firmly of the British humanist position, and then grew more intimately involved with the subject and all of the people of different faiths enmeshed in the conflict. A tour de force performance, the play featured cameos from such notable public figures as Israeli members of Knesset, Shulamit Aloni and Benny Begin and Palestinian leaders Haider Abdel-Shafi and Marwan Barghouti. Those are interwoven amongst interviews with right-wing settlers, left-wing activists, resisters and moderates on both sides. 

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Watch the trailer for Aaron Davidman's Wrestling Jerusalem
Part of Mosaic's 2016 Voices Festival
Watch an excerpt of Izzeldin Abuelaish's 
I Shall Not Hate
Part of Mosaic's 2016 Voices Festival

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1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002


202-399-7993 ext 2


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