Kirkland Performance Center presents...
- Thursday, July 15, 2021 – 11:00 AM, 7:00 PM
- Friday, July 16, 2021 – 7:00 PM
- Saturday, July 17, 2021 – 7:00 PM
- Sunday, July 18, 2021 – 2:00 PM
Join us LIVE or via LIVESTREAM at Kirkland Performance Center from July 15-18, as Theater of Possibility presents ABRAHAM’S LAND, an original musical.
The opening night performance on Thursday, July 15 will be followed by a reception in the lobby.
To maintain the safety and comfort of all audience members, face masks are required to be on during the show. We are offering both regular and socially distanced seating choices, as well as a livestream option. The actors on stage will not be masked.
About the Show
“The content shows political knowledge of the situation and it has characterization, psychological depth and transformation. The writing is amazing. Not didactic, not judgmental, not righteous, just heart and human.” -Vibha Thompson, audience member, 2019 workshop
Set against the backdrop of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, during the time of the First Intifada, and framed by the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, ABRAHAM’S LAND tells a story of atonement. Israeli Sergeant Yitzhak prides himself on righteous conduct, but when a Palestinian demonstration in Jerusalem appears threatening, he fatally shoots the provocateur, Ismail, only to realize that the victim was unarmed. Haunted by Ismail’s ghost, Yitzhak travels to Gaza to return Ismail’s identity card and ask forgiveness of his family. Disguising himself as a Palestinian for the perilous journey, Yitzhak experiences both the good of the other side and the darker aspects of his own. He must eventually choose between his desire to make amends and his duty to his country.
ABRAHAM’S LAND was originally created as a Jewish-Palestinian collaboration and further developed with Israeli and Palestinian teens at Seeds of Peace International Camp in the 1990s. This brand new incarnation features an exciting new libretto by Lauren Goldman Marshall and a score that will capture your heart by Pulitzer-nominated composer Roger Ames. ABRAHAM’S LAND holds a mirror up to who we think we are and asks us to see who we need to be.
Book & Lyrics by Lauren Goldman Marshall
Music & Orchestrations by Roger Ames
Additional music by David Nafissian & Paul Linnes
Adapted from an earlier version by Lauren Goldman Marshall, Hanna Eady & David Nafissian
Directed by David Grabarkewitz
Music Direction by Paul Linnes
Choreography by Kathryn Van Meter & Waseem Sbait
Featuring a nationally recruited, multicultural cast, including: Michael Strauss, Netanel Bellaishe, Maria Habeeb, Hassan Nazari-Robati, David Studwell, Bobbi Kotula, Cammi Smith, Danya El-Kurd & Paul Shapiro, along with an outstanding adult and youth ensemble
ABRAHAM’S LAND was previously workshopped at Village Theatre, Issaquah, and Nautilus Music-Theatre, Minneapolis-Saint Paul
Each performance will be followed by a post-play discussion, with representatives from local Jewish and Muslim communities. In addition, the Saturday performance will feature a pre-show talk by a visiting public health professional and mother from Gaza, Alaa Hammouda, who will share her story from her perspective as a 30-year resident of Gaza.
For more information on ABRAHAM’S LAND, visit the show’s website here.
It Takes a Village
We need your support to bring this piece to life. Whether that is a financial donation, volunteering to usher, or housing an out-of-town actor, there are a ton of ways to get involved. Feel free to make a donation here.
*ABRAHAM’S LAND is a production of Abraham’s Land Musical LLC in association with Theater of Possibility and is supported by a grant from 4Culture