Saturday, May 05, 2007
'Quest for Justice and Right of Return Inspires Generations'
Asad al nimr,
There is not much pure politics in the piece. Her only sentence is something akin "How can we equate a country with the fourth largest military in the world attacking people mostly armed with old rifles
trying to defend their homes and families?"
Her strength was her ability to write very poignantly about the Palestinian families that she stayed with, about their resiliency and their humour and their strength, and her personal experiences living with them. For example, about living in the back two rooms, because the zionist enterprise had shot up the front two rooms and they were unlivable. About the kids unconcernedly watching a children's program on TV while another round of shooting took place, and while she herself was cowering under a table. This made up a good part of the monologue, and was most effective .
It was a small theatre, 300 seats. But it was 95% full, and many performances were sold out.
The play was given a standing ovation.
Considering it ran for two months, that's 360 performances (forget the 2 matinees)x 300 = 108 000 impressed audience members.
Needless the say, the local jews had put two anti-Rachel and anti-Palestine adverts into the program, and they were also leafletting outside. Not many took their leaflets, and if they did, after a glance they were thrown away. And I don't think the two adverts had much impact. If they had, the play would not have received a standing ovation.
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