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When the resident theatre at a Jewish Community Center commissions a new play about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a half-Jewish/half-Jordanian playwright, the Center finds itself pulled in several directions. The playwright was sent on a trip to Israel and came back with a story that only explored one side of the westbank conflict. The playwright’s narrative, told to them by a palestian family. Questioning the premise of the story and the balance of it becomes a point of conflict within the organization. One of the Center’s major donors, the Center’s Board President, the theatre’s Artistic Director and the playwright each fight for a different outcome, while the Center’s Executive Director tries to keep the institution from falling off its foundation. SETTLEMENTS examines conflicts inside the Jewish community, radicalization of young people’s thoughts on the Israeli-Palestian conflict and how existing Jewish instutions are coping with these new realities.
Howl Around Theater
An Interview With Former Theater J Artistic Director Ari Roth21 December 2014
The Washington Post
In Theater J’s ‘Boged,’ an Israeli whistleblower is seen as toxic
Peter Marks, Theater Critic
Artistic director Ari Roth is fired from Theater J
Genre: drama, political
Subject Matter Keywords: Jewish, Israel-Palestine, Israel, theatre, Politics, artist, art
Age Appropriateness: ages 18 and up
Narrative Attributes: Centers Female Characters
Directed by Leslie Ross
A.J. Campbell, Producer. Founder of the Quarantine Players
Meet the Cast
NOAH 44, (Timothy Lynch) Jewish; Artistic Director of the theatre
JUDITH 52, (Lori Muhlstein) Jewish, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center that houses the theatre
YASMIN 28, (Tarnim Bybee) half-Jewish/half-Jordanian, playwright
MARION 65, (Barrie Alguire) Jewish, President of the Board of the Jewish Community Center
CAESAR: 76, (D. Scott Graham) Jewish, a retired opthalmologist-turned-major-philanthropist
Seth Rozin, the playwright
Representation, Susan Gurman, email@example.com
Seth is the author of numerous plays, including SETTLEMENTS, HUMAN RITES (produced at Phoenix Theatre, 2017; InterAct Theatre Company, 2018), THE THREE CHRISTS OF MANHATTAN (InterAct, 2015), TWO JEWS WALK INTO A WAR… (National New Play Network rolling world premieres at Florida Stage, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and New Jersey Rep, plus productions at Shadowlands Theater, Merrimack Rep, Unicorn Theatre, InterAct, Florida Studio Theatre, GEVA Theater, Barter Theater, Jewish Theatre of Grand Rapids and New Repertory Theatre; published by Playscripts.com), BLACK GOLD (NNPN rolling world premieres at InterAct, Phoenix Theatre, PROP Thr, Arts West Playhouse), REINVENTING EDEN (InterAct), MISSING LINK (InterAct, Civic Theatre of Schenectady), THE SPACE BETWEEN US (readings at Abington Theatre, Philadelphia Art Alliance) and MEN OF STONE (Theater Catalyst; published by Playscripts.com). He is also the composer, lyricist and book writer of A PASSING WIND a musical about history’s greatest “fartiste” that premiered at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ inaugural Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts in 2011. Seth is the winner of two playwriting fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the 2006 Smith Prize (awarded by the National New Play Network), a 2002 Commission from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and two Barrymore Award nominations for Outstanding New Play.Learn more
About the Quarantine Players
When we started, there was no template for creating theater over the internet, which turned out to be perfect because we could remove all the obstacles that held us back.
At the time, we didn’t know what zoom was or how we could use it. Would people even know how to use it? How much would it cost? And what the heck is a virtual background? We had so many questions, but we watched all of our productions canceled in those horrible first days of Spring 2020.
We didn’t have to create a “season” of plays; we could choose any plays we wanted to do. It gave us a kind of freedom. We choose the plays, cast the roles, then we find an audience. We can create theater for a specific audience, for example, 25 -30-year-old parents in Des Moines, Iowa. We can do that.
Join us every week for a new play.
A Virtual Play Reading of Settlements
by Seth Rozin