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Press & general enquiries contact Joanna Godwin-Seidl
Tel.: 43(0) 699 12127679
With thanks to our sponsors: Demobrewery & FFAB
vienna theatre project leading team:
Asst Director: Dariya
Costumes: Laura Mitchell/Joanna Godwin-Seidl
Set Design: vienna theatre project
Set building: vienna theatre project
Sound FX: Dave Moskin
Support: Emre Dogan
Poster/Flyer: Gernot Ottowitz
Show Photos: Ine Gundersveen and Thomas Schluet
PR & Sponsorship: Joanna Godwin-Seidl
Film/trailers: Phil Moran/ FFAB
In House: Beate Platzgummer and team
Everything happens within 24 hours: the Kaufmanns, a dysfunctional Jewish family, decide to cross Jerusalem during the 2nd Intifada, to visit a Palestinian restaurant "they have the best hummus…" "All Jews, who dare go, eat for free…". In the restaurant they meet Palestinian acquaintances, awakening ghosts from a shared past. Nothing is as it seems, everyone has secrets. Nonetheless, a spark of love ignites a series of revelations and chain of events under the extreme duress of Jerusalem, a vibrant city on continuous bomb alert.
In "Crossing Jerusalem", emotion, humour and irony abound. Against a backdrop of nationalism and inter-religious dynamics, during a well-intentioned birthday bash, the day-to-day lives of all eight protagonists are deeply impacted. The matriarch Varda (Jewish, a dubious real estate agent), Gideon (her son, a desperate soldier), Sammy (Palestinian Christian, a restaurant owner) Yusuf (Palestinian Muslim and a waiter) and their relatives, mirror the multi-levelled conflict between Israel and the Arab world. The current international, political mood swings beg to keep the discourse about Israel and Palestine alive. In this truly explosive work for the stage, no one is spared.
SHOW DATES: Premiere 24thSeptember
More shows: 25thSeptember – 6thOctober, 8pm
Varda Kaufmann - Deborah Gzesh
Yale Kaufmann - Soffi Schweighofer
Gideon Kaufmann - Adrian Stohwasser
Lee Kaufmann - Evelyne Werzowa
Sergei - Dave Moskin
Yusuf Khalil - Philipp Stix
Sharif Khalil - Jihad Al Khateeb
Sammy Hadad - Allen Browne
“…the story is powerful...simple yet striking.” The Stage, UK
“…seething and passionate new play.” London Evening Standard
“…Pascal also captures the pressure-cooker intensity of Israeli life.” The Guardian, UK
“…a powerful story about flawed and traumatized people living in a complex, real-life situation.” Times of Israel
PLAYWRIGHT/ THEATRE DIRECTOR AND SCHOLAR
Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of English within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at King’s College London.
Julia trained as an actor and worked at The Royal Court Theatre, The National Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, BBC Television and radio. Films include The Hiding Place and the independent prize-winning feature Ham and The Piper.
Her dramas are published by Oberon Books, Faber and Samuel French (Inc).
As a theatre director she has worked widely in London, France and has twice had her work shown in New York City.
Her freelance journalism has been for The Guardian, The Times, The Observer, The New Statesman, The Financial Times, City Limits, Time Out, New Society, The Jewish Chronicle, BBC Radio and as a radio and TV commentator.
In London she works part time as a Writing Professor at New York University and Theatre Professor at St Lawrence University.
Her awards have included a NESTA Dreamtime Fellowship, an Alfred Bradley BBC Award , Moondance Award and she was a finalist in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Award of Excellence in Playwriting. Julia was nominated for the 2017 Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award.
She has been a Writer in Residence at the University of York and the Wiener Library.
Director/Producer - Joanna GODWIN-SEIDL
The actress and director studied theatre in the United Kingdom. She has been running VIENNA THEATRE PROJECT since 2006. THE LAST FIVE YEARS was her solo musical debut at the Theater Drachengasse. German language theatre credits include directing MÄDCHEN MIT DEN SCHWEFELHÖLZERN (Ronacher Theater), HAUTNAH (Patrick Marber) for Theaterverein Vision (OFF Theater) and MORD IM MUSIKANTENBEISL (Asst. director - Theater Drachengasse). Recently acclaimed musicals include ORDINARY DAYS and TICK TICK..BOOM! She has a solid repertoire, often choosing plays with social & political content: PLENTY (VIS Theatre), DIRT (Theater am Petersplatz) and THE MEETING (Black History Month/Theater am Petersplatz) to name a few. In 2014 she directed the hit play TOPDOG/UNDERDOG, was pleased to receive rave reviews for her musical TITLE OF SHOW and starred in Sarah Kane’s 4.48 PSYCHOSIS. As an actor, she has starred in a number of shows from Ayckbourn to Coward and Shakespeare, in theatres such as Vienna’s English Theatre, the Kammeroper and Schönbrunner Schlosstheater. In 2015-2016 she directed the critically acclaimed shows DISGRACED, MARRY ME A LITTLE and THE INVISIBLE HAND. All her latest productions, including THE WHO & THE WHAT ( 2017, Theater Drachengasse) and BUILDING THE WALL were nominated "Tip of the Week" in the national press.”