• History

    IWWD was first produced in the 2015 Fringe Festival to sold out audiences and rave reviews. In response to strong interest from the progressive community in Washington DC and around the country, the play will be performed in the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival and most of the funds needed to produce a video of the production have been raised. The video production will enable audiences around the world to watch the production as part of an educational program on the Israeli occupation of Palestine, with local panel discussions.

     

    The 2017 production will be enhanced based on playwright and director Pamela Nice’s visit to Palestine and Israel in the Fall of 2016. The perceptions of Palestinians living under occupation have been expanded based on her personal observations from meetings with Palestinians and Israelis.

    Notes from the Playwright

    “It’s What We Do” was born at a DC Busboys and Poets in the fall of 2013. Former IDF soldier Avner Gvaryahu, of the Israeli organization Breaking the Silence, was speaking about the organization and its new book on IDF soldiers’ testimonies, Our Harsh Logic. I was inspired by his courage in speaking out about the realities of the Israeli occupation. Being a theatre person, I immediately imagined a theatrical production that might bring these soldiers’ testimonies to a wider audience.

     

    The play is drawn directly from the testimonies in the book: all the soldiers’ reflections are verbatim; the enacted stories are ones they tell. I’ve made three composite soldiers who represent varying responses to the harsh occupation policies they enforce: moral indignation, power highs, inner conflict. In a debriefing, they are interviewed by The Voice in the audience, who encourages them to confront what they have done. As they recount their stories, they face their roles as perpetrators of injustice against Palestinian civilians.

     

    We in the audience are challenged just as they are: what are we doing with our awareness of this injustice?

    2015 IWWD Production

     

    This production was presented as a part of the 2015 Capital Fringe Festival, a program

    of the Washington, DC non-profit Capital Fringe.

     

    Cast

     

    Soldier 1: Sarah ---------------------Olivia Haller

     

    Soldier 2: Avram -------------------- Tariq Triano

     

    Soldier 3: Ilan ------------- Keanu Ross-Cabrera

     

    The Voice -------------------- Dior Ashley Brown

     

    Chorus of Civilians -----------------Jamal Najjab

    ---------------------------------------Moses Bernal

    -------------------------------------Sofia Pellegrino

    ----------------------------------------Xavier Goytia

    --------------------------Izabella and Jaelyn Cruz

     

    Production Staff

     

    Director/Playwright ---------------- Pamela Nice

     

    Stage Manager --------------- Mavonte Johnson

     

    Marketing and PR Consultant -- Seth Morrison

     

    Production Consultant -------------- Omri Malul