Double Exposure

Double Exposure

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Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas

Edited by Stephen Orlov and Samah Sabawi (2016)

This is the first English-language collection of its kind in any genre worldwide by Jewish and Palestinian writers. Tackling one of the remaining thematic taboos for many theatres in the Western world, this unique anthology about the Israel-Palestine conflict includes three plays penned by Jewish playwrights, three by Palestinian playwrights, and one by both.

Accompanying each play is an interview with the playwright exploring the inspirations and challenges they experienced writing and staging their work. Additionally, introductions by acclaimed playwrights Karen Hartman and Betty Shamieh offer insightful commentary to the work as a whole.

Double Exposure includes Bitterenders by Hannah Khalil; Facts by Arthur Milner; The Peace Maker by Natasha Greenblatt; Sabra Falling by Ismail Khalidi; Sperm Count by Stephen Orlov; Tales of a City by the Sea by Samah Sabawi; and Twenty-One Positions: A Cartographic Dream of the Middle East by Abdelfattah AbuSrour, Lisa Schlesinger, and Naomi Wallace.

Praise for Double Exposure

“A brave, passionate and collective call, a theatrical catalyst for investigation and resistance.” —Eve Ensler, Obie Award–winning playwright of The Vagina Monologues

“…in this extraordinary collection of plays penned by some of our most courageous and compassionate playwrights…we encounter glimmers of healing, transformation, and equality that not only give us hope, but provide us narratives for renewed commitment to justice.” —Jamil Khoury, Artistic Director of Silk Road Rising

“The powerful and dramatic situations from the plays in Double Exposure transported me into the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza and placed me side by side with three dimensional characters struggling to keep their hope, their humanity and their moral compass amidst the brutalities, large and small, of the most intractable of conflicts. Essential reading.” —David S. Craig, 2016 Helen Hayes Award–nominated playwright

About the editors

Stephen Orlov is a Montreal-based award-winning dramatist, whose plays have been showcased in such major theatre centres as Chicago and London. He recently served on the Executive of Playwrights Guild of Canada and is currently a member of the Playwrights Unit of Infinitheatre.

Samah Sabawi is an award winning Palestinian-Australian-Canadian playwright and poet. She is Cultural Ambassador to Melbourne Theatre Company’s MTC CONNECT and a PhD candidate at Victoria University.

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press, Toronto
  • Language: English