October 7th, 2015
Playwright and actor Aaron Davidman portrays himself and 17 other characters in one-man show about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
By MORDECAI SPECKTOR
Over my 20 years of working at the American Jewish World, I’ve edited hundreds of articles and op-eds about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I’ve interviewed dozens of Israeli and Palestinian luminaries — diplomats, scientists, authors, musicians, filmmakers, etc. — and heard just about every shade of rhetorical cant related to the long-running war.
A lot of folks think they know how to solve this seemingly intractable conflict. They’re likely wrong.
So I’m looking forward to hearing 17 more views, when Aaron Davidman performs his one-man show, Wrestling Jerusalem, at the Guthrie Theater. The show, which is directed by Michael John Garcés, runs Oct. 16 through Nov. 1 in the theater’s Dowling Studio.
Wrestling Jerusalem at the Guthrie
Oct. 16-Nov. 1
Wrestling Jerusalem was presented last year at Intersection for the Arts, in San Francisco, Calif. It also ran last year at PlayMakers Repertory Company, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Joseph Haj, the Guthrie’s new artistic director, comes here from PlayMakers Rep, and chose Wrestling Jerusalem for the Guthrie’s current season.
The Guthrie is billing the play as “a personal story that grapples with the complexities of identity, history and social justice.”
Reflecting on audience reactions to past performances of his play, Davidman says, “There’s a real connection to the message of the piece, which is that it’s not simple, it’s not black and white, it’s very complicated, and it takes some real work to understand this.”
The feedback generally reflects “a lot of appreciation for the nuance and complexity” in the dramatic piece, according to Davidman, who talked on the phone with the Jewish World last week from his home in Berkeley, Calif. He’ll be traveling to Minnesota soon to work out the details of his play prior to opening night; he’s never visited the Twin Cities.