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GLOBAL CALL TO THEATRICAL ACTION REACHES CANADA’S CAPITAL
There is a Field, a new play about “Black October”, premieres worldwide this October during ten-year anniversary.
Throughout the month of October, THERE IS A FIELD holds its worldwide premiere as part of a global call to theatrical action scheduled to coincide with the ten-year anniversary of “Black October,” when twelve Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed by Israeli police forces.
Canada’s Capital joins cities from all corners of the globe when The Ottawa Donkey Saddle Collective, (sponsored by Vision Theatre), presents THERE IS A FIELD, as a staged reading, on Saturday October 30, 2010 at the Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue, at 8:00 p.m. The staged read features actors Jennifer Capogreco, Todd Duckworth, Mary Ellis, Teri Loretto and Brett Willis and is directed by Arthur Milner.
As the second Intifada erupted in the West Bank and Gaza, demonstrations also began in Arab villages and towns inside Israel. In October 2000, twelve Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed in these demonstrations by Israeli security forces. One of those killed was a seventeen-year old boy named Aseel Asleh.
THERE IS A FIELD is about Aseel’s life and his death, through the perspective of his older sister, Nardeen. The play is culled entirely from interviews with Aseel’s family, emails written between Aseel and Nardeen, emails between Aseel and his friends from Seeds of Peace, and transcripts from the Israeli government commission of inquiry established to investigate the killing of twelve Palestinian citizens during October 2000.
“Though I knew Aseel Asleh pesonally, THERE IS A FIELD is much bigger than the story of one family. The ten-year anniversary of Black October, coupled with this play, offers an important opportunity to inject the larger struggles facing Palestinians inside Israel into the wider Israel/Palestine discourse,” says playwright Jen Marlowe.
Join us as we join the world in presenting THERE IS A FIELD. Saturday October 30, 2010 at the Arts Court Theatre at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are free (though donations suggested and will be accepted) and can be reserved through the Arts Court Box Office, 613-564-7240. All proceeds to benefit the Asleh Family Fund and Amnesty International.
For more information on THERE IS A FIELD visit www.donkeysaddle.org
About “Black October”
On Thursday, September 28, 2000, Ariel Sharon, chair of the Israeli right-wing Likud party visited the Haram al-Sharif compound, site of the al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem. It was an incendiary political act in the wake of the failed Camp David summit. On Friday, September 29, protests began in Jerusalem and soon spread to the West Bank and Gaza. The demonstrations intensified, eventually being labeled as the Second Intifada. According to B'tselem (an Israeli human rights group), during the four years of the Second Intifada approximately 1000 Israelis were killed by Palestinians; and, in the West Bank and Gaza, some 3100 Palestinians(over 600 being minors) were killed by Israelis.
Palestinians inside Israel demonstrated in large numbers in early October, in solidarity with their brethren in the West Bank and Gaza. Israeli police used live ammunition, sniper-fire, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas against the unarmed protestors; hundreds were injured and 12 Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed. Known as “Black October,” these events marked the first time since Land Day on March 30, 1973 that such lethal force was used by Israeli security forces against Palestinian citizens.
About the playwright
Jen Marlowe is a writer, documentary filmmaker and human rights activist. Jen worked in conflict resolution with Palestinian and Israeli teenagers from 2000-2004. In 2004, with colleagues Adam Shapiro and Aisha Bain, Jen traveled to Darfur to make the award-winning documentary film Darfur Diaries: Message from Home and wrote the accompanying book Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival. Jen’s new documentary, Rebuilding Hope, follows three Sudanese-American young men on their first homecoming trip back to Sudan. Jen’s second book, The Hour of Sunlight, is the life story of Sami Al Jundi, a Palestinian man from Jerusalem. Jen’s next book is being written with Martina Correia, the sister of Troy Davis, a prisoner on death row since 1991, despite evidence of innocence. Jen’s articles can be found online at The Nation, Tomdispatch.com and CommonDreams.org.