Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival
Ulysses on Bottles
By Gilad Evron | Translated by Evan Fallenberg | Directed by Serge Seiden
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
May 18—June 11, 2017
Launching the 2017 Voices Festival marking 50 years of The Occupation, the Israeli playwright Gilad Evron’s poetic and poignant play recounts the fallout when an Israeli-Arab ex-teacher, nicknamed Ulysses, attempts to sail into Gaza on a raft made of plastic bottles, bearing with him a cargo of Dostoyevksy’s Crime and Punishment. Paired with a successful Israeli-Jewish attorney who takes his case pro bono, Ulysses on Bottles is a tale of two worlds colliding over Gaza, in which the profound implication of privilege and access in one of the hotbeds of the world intersect with surprising sympathy and humor. This captivating story is “an allegory on the definition of freedom—what it means, what it entails and what it demands” (The Jerusalem Post). Winner of Israel Theater Prize’s Best Original Play in 2012.
Originally produced in the United States by Israeli Stage, in association with ArtsEmerson.
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-399-7993 ext 2
Box Office Hours
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Patrons who arrive late will be seated at the discretion of management.
Opening Night: Monday, May 22 at 7:30PM
FIRST 8 PERFORMANCES
Thur May 18 at 8PM | Post show discussion with artistic staff
Fri May 19 at 8PM | Post show discussion with artistic staff
Sat May 20 at 8PM | Post show discussion
Sun May 21 at 7:30PM
Mon May 22 at 7:30PM | Opening Night, SOLD OUT
Thur May 25 at 11AM | Cast talkback
Thur May 25 at 8PM
Fri May 26 at 8PM | Happy Hour at 7pm
Sat May 27 at 3PM | Captioned performance
Sat May 27 at 8PM | Captioned performance
Sun May 28 at 3PM | Post show discussion
Thur June 1 at 8PM | Cast talkback
Fri June 2 at 8PM | Happy Hour at 7pm, Post show discussion
Sat June 3 at 3PM | Peace Café
Sat June 3 at 8PM
Sun June 4 at 3PM | Cast talkback
Sun June 4 at 7:30PM
Wed June 7 at 8PM | Captioned performance/Post show discussion
Thur June 8 at 8PM
Fri June 9 at 8PM | Post show discussion
Sat June 10 at 3PM | Post show discussion
Sat June 10 at 8PM
Sun June 11 at 3PM
Reva & David Logan Foundation
Community Engagement Series
50 Years Later:
Israeli & Palestinian Reckonings
All discussions are free and open to the public, and begin immediately after scheduled show time.
Meet the Artists
Gilad Evron(Playwright) is an Israeli playwright, screenwriter and author. During 1976-1979 Evron studied Visual Arts at Betzalel Academy in Jerusalem. Evron’s first script, Bread, was produced by the Israeli television in 1985 and won the “Prix Italia” international award (1986) for best fictional television drama in Europe. Evron continued to write for Israeli television and cinema, but turned also to the theater. His first play, Rain, was brought to the stage in 1988. Since then, Evron’s plays have been presented at Israel’s major theaters and theater festivals, winning recognition and several awards; most notably for Jehu (1993) and Ulysses on Bottles (2012) as the “Best Original Play of the Year”, and The Prime Minister’s Award to Hebrew Author (in 1997). Between the years 1996-1998, Evron was the playwright in residence of Israel’s National Theater, Habima. Evron’s plays have been staged in France (2009) Germany (2012) and Austria (2014). In 2003 Evron published his first book, Mareh Makon (Other Places), a collection of short stories. “The Falcon,” one of the stories in the book, was published in the British literary magazine Granata (2005). In 2009 Six Plays, a collection of Evron’s plays, was published by Tel-Aviv University.
Serge Seiden(Director) joined Mosaic Theater Company as Managing Director & Producer to help found a company committed to social justice, , and most recently directed Mosaic Theater Company's When January Feels Like Summer. In 2013 Seiden received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director/Resident Musical for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris... at MetroStage. His production of Bad Jews at Studio Theatre was nominated for four 2015 Helen Hayes Awards including Outstanding Director, and was remounted this season. Seiden also directed Studio’s acclaimed Apple Family cycle. From 1990 to 2015, Seiden held many positions at Studio including stage manager, Literary Manager, and Producing Director. Seiden was a key player in Studio’s 1996 and 2004 expansions—developments crucial to the re-emergence of 14th Street NW as a DC cultural hub. For 20 years Seiden has been a member of the faculty of the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, where he trained as an actor and director. More recent directing credits include When January Feels Like Summer at Mosaic Theater, Everett Quinton’s A Tale of Two Cities at Synetic Theater, Freud’s Last Session at Theater J, and Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing! at Olney Theatre Center. Other Studio Theatre credits include The Motherfucker with the Hat, The Golden Dragon, Superior Donuts, In the Red and Brown Water, Grey Gardens, My Children! My Africa!, and Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, and Old Wicked Songs. His productions at Adventure Theatre MTC—A Little House Christmas and Charlotte’s Web—were both nominated for Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Production/ Theatre for Young Audiences.