The view from the diaspora: Jewish and Palestinian playwrights talk about Israel/Palestine


On Monday, November 14th, in Toronto, Canadian publisher Playwrights Canada Press will launch an exciting new collection of plays, entitled Double Exposure, Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas.  Read more. See exclusive interview with one of the playwrights.

This volume of seven plays—three by Jewish playwrights, three by Palestinian playwrights, and a collaboration by both—tackles one of the remaining thematic taboos for many theatres in the Western world. Varying in genre between drama and comedy, in aesthetic between realism and surrealism, in setting between the Diasporas and Israel/Palestine, and in the political opinions of their characters, Double Exposure offers distinct Diaspora perspectives that turn the political into the personal.

The anthology was edited by Canadian playwrights Stephen Orlov of Montreal and Samah Sabawi, (formerly of Ottawa, now living in Australia).

Canada Talks Israel/Palestine spoke with Jewish Canadian playwright Arthur Milner about the book and the plays.

The collection includes The Peace Maker by Natasha Greenblatt; Sabra Falling by Ismail Khalidi; Bitterenders by Hannah Khalil; Facts by Arthur Milner; Sperm Count by Stephen Orlov; Tales of a City by the Sea by Samah Sabawi; and Twenty-One Positions: A Cartographic Dream of the Middle East by Abdelfattah AbuSrour, Lisa Schlesinger, and Naomi Wallace.

The launch will take place on Monday, November 14, at 7pm, in Toronto, at the Studio Bar, at 824 Dundas Street West.

For more information visit Playwrights Canada Press Facebook page.


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