Join us for the highly regarded play, Apples from the Desert, by Israeli Playwright Savyon Liebrecht, who will be visiting. A poignant drama about love and reconciliation, this hit Israeli play follows the young Sephardic Rivka, a religious teenager, who falls for Dooby, a secular kibbutznik, at a dance class in Jerusalem. She arranges to follow him back to his kibbutz in the Negev Desert, but not before Rivka's orthodox parents bar her from leaving, forcibly at first, only to chase after Rivka as she flees.
“Savyon Liebrecht is one of [Israel’s] most popular authors… She writes intelligently about ordinary people in situations that reveal the depths and passions of their lives.”- The Jerusalem Post
Pay-what-you-can tickets go on sale at 6; the play starts at 7:30. We'll meet at 6:30 in the lobby near the box office on the second floor. We'll try to buy seats as a group; last time it seemed like we were all in the same area, so it was nice. But if you're with a friend and want to go ahead and buy your seats, please feel free. We'll have that time before the play to socialize and wait for people who arrive (or grab a quick snack). They will have a short discussion after with the playwright which is very valuable; and sometimes there are a few of us who get a late snack.
Apples from the Desert is a timeless and timely confrontation between tradition and modernity that becomes a moving reckoning, as the sweetest of meals is offered and two generations learn to make peace. Winner of Israel’s Best Play Award, 2006.
Theater J is in the DC Jewish Community Center at 16th and Q Streets in the Dupont Circle area. From the North exit of the Dupont Circle metro exit, take a right on Q St and walk about 4 blocks. Street parking is best right at 6:30 on 16th St.