Palestinian Pacifist in a Time of Violence:
A Rare Hero in Douglas Lackey’s “Kaddish in East Jerusalem” at Theater for the New City
BARUCH COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY (3/13/03)—Kaddish in East Jerusalem, a new drama in fifteen scenes, is set in Jerusalem in November 2000, one month after the outbreak of violence known as the “second intifada.” The protagonist is Salem, an Arab Israeli citizen with a life-long commitment to the ideals of nonviolence.
The character of Salem is based on Mubarak Awad, a Palestinian follower of Gandhi active in the first intifada. Under the pressure of events, Salem and his followers are caught between two sides and find their ideals challenged and distorted. The search for justice is poisoned by violence, and Salem and his Israeli opponents must find redemption in the midst of war and death.
Kaddish in East Jerusalem was written by Douglas Lackey, Professor of Philosophy at Baruch College and a peace and civil rights activist for over four decades. Andrew Henkes directs, and Crystal Field is the producer of this latest political play from the Theater for the New City. Munir Haddad, the son of a Palestinian born in Jerusalem, plays Salem. Tamara Jouval-Aldema, an Israeli citizen whose husband recently served in the Israeli army, plays Irina, Salem’s Russian friend. The other roles in Kaddish are played by Arab and Jewish actors living in New York City.
Kaddish opens for a limited run at the Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave at 10th St. starting March 13. All tickets are $10. Performances so far scheduled are:
Thursday Mar. 13, 8 PM;
Friday March 14, 8 PM;
Saturday March 15, 8 PM
Sunday March 16, at 3 PM
Thursday Mar. 20, 8 PM;
Friday March 21, 8 PM,
Saturday March 22, 8 PM
Sunday March 23, 3 PM
Thursday Mar. 27, 8 PM;
Friday March 28, 8 PM,
Saturday March 29, 8 PM
Sunday March 30, 3 PM Phone reservations: 212-254-1109