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Abraham's Land

July 15th - 17th @ 7pm, July 18th @ 2pm - Kirkland Performance Center, Kirkland WA + Online Livestreaming

Set against the backdrop of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, during the time of the First Intifada, and framed by the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, ABRAHAM’S LAND tells a story of atonement. Israeli Sergeant Yitzhak prides himself on righteous conduct, but when a Palestinian demonstration in Jerusalem appears threatening, he fatally shoots the provocateur, Ismail, only to realize that the victim was unarmed. Haunted by Ismail’s ghost, Yitzhak travels to Gaza to return Ismail’s identity card and ask forgiveness of his family. He must eventually choose between his desire to make amends and his duty to his country.

ABRAHAM’S LAND was originally created as a Jewish-Arab collaboration and further developed with Israeli and Palestinian teens at Seeds of Peace International Camp in the 1990s. This brand new incarnation features an exciting new libretto by Lauren Goldman Marshall and a score that will capture your heart by Pulitzer-nominated composer Roger Ames. ABRAHAM’S LAND holds a mirror up to who we think we are and asks us to see who we need to be.

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