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.
Pamela Nice is an award-winning independent filmmaker and theater director currently living in Washington, DC. She has been the recipient of 3 Fulbright grants, including one to Morocco to teach theatre of the oppressed techniques at the national theatre institute (ISADAC). She writes and directs multimedia dance/theatre/film productions, has directed over 50 plays, and has been artistic director of two theaters in Minnesota. She has lived in Morocco and Egypt, and has taught Arab film and literature at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.
Mavonte Johnsonis a recent graduate from the University of Maryland. Having Bachelors both in Neurobiology/Physiology and Theatre Arts, he enjoys acting, directing, and designing while at the same time finding anything neuron/pain-related fascinating. Having a military background, IWWD was a perfect outlet to invest and develop his management talents.
Marketing and PR Consultant
Seth Morrison recently retired after a career in marketing and strategic planning in the cable television industry. He is on the Steering Committee of the Washington DC Metro Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace and active in other volunteer projects. He was formerly a leader in J Street and other Jewish organizations before becoming a BDS activist.
Born and raised in Israel, Omri moved to the US in 2003 to pursue a Master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Chicago. Like most Israelis, Omri has served the mandatory three years in the Israeli Defense Forces, an experience that made him curious to learn more about the complex geopolitics and history of the Middle East. He currently lives in Washington DC, working for an International Development program that promotes higher education partnerships between American universities and higher education institutions in developing countries.
Soldier 1: Sarah
Olivia is thrilled to be making her Capital Fringe Festival debut! Recent credits include Before/After, The 39 Steps, and She Eats Apples. Olivia is a DC-based actor, playwright, and dramaturg who received her BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University and also studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. OliviaHaller.wordpress.com.
Soldier 2: Avram
Tariq is a DC-based actor who studied at the Studio Theatre Conservatory, where he played such roles as Romeo, Polo Pope in A Hatful of Rain, and Stevie in Good People. He recently finished shooting a pilot for ABC, and is absolutely honored to be a part of this production.
Soldier 3: Ilan
Keanu is a rising Senior at Columbia University. Past performances include Friar Francis, Much Ado About Nothing, King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe; Cardenio, Don Quixote, British American Drama Academy; Todd, Far Away, Barnar Theatre Department; and Lord Northumberland, Henry IV Part 2, King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe. This is his DC Fringe acting debut.
Dior Ashley Brown
Dior is Independent. Emcee. Actor. Poet. Host; Graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts and University of Maryland Theatre Arts programs. Artist in Residence at the Mousai House, active board member of the Live Garra Theatre, and celebrity Interviewer for the Historic Howard Theatre to include: De La Soul, CurrenSy, and more. She previously debuted in the Liberated Muse’s, In Her Words as novelist Zora Neale Hurston. Regular guest performer on 89.3 WPFW's “Live @ 5.” See her blog/videos @ www.diorashleybrown.com
Civilian Chorus: Palestinian and settler men
Moses graduated from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia with a BFA in Theatre. He has performed on national tours for Altar Boyz, Sesame Street Live, and Adventure Theatre's 5 Little Monkeys. Locally he has performed at Toby's Dinner Theatre in In the Heights and Legally Blonde; and in Shakespeare Theatre's Much Ado About Nothing. You can also see Moses in various local television commercials.
Civilian Chorus: Palestinian and settler women
Sofia is an actress trained at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. Sofia graduated from the two-year acting program and has since excelled in pursuing her passion for acting. Among her many accomplishments, Sofia has landed roles on numerous prestigious national TV networks, including PBS kids, Investigation Discovery, TLC and Netflix.
Palestinian farmer, worker; settler father, security coordinator
Jamal has worked as a political campaign organizer in the Arab-American community, as a journalist in Jerusalem, and on the staff of several humanitarian Palestinian aid organizations. He has appeared on numerous news programs, such as CNN, Al Jazeera-English and Al Jazeera-Arabic, and has published numerous articles in the mainstream and alternative press. Many of his extended family members reside in a very small village north of Ramallah, Palestine (population 136). He continues to work toward a just resolution to the plight of the Palestinian people.
Palestinian and settler boys
I realized I wanted to act by the time I was 8 years old and I continued to pursue my career. I graduated from Chantilly High School and I had the honor to take drama for all my high school years. Now I am currently working towards my goals.
Izabella and Jaelyn Cruz
Izabella Cruz is eight years old and is the youngest of two sisters. She started acting at the age of seven and has been in a short film and a TV commercial for Univision. She discovered her love for acting after seeing her mom on TV. She also enjoys gymnastics, drawing and ice skating.
Jaelyn Cruz is nine years old and is the oldest of two sisters. She discovered her love for acting at the age of eight and since has been in a short film and a TV commercial for Univision. Besides acting, Jaelyn also enjoys gymnastics, playing the piano and swimming.