Via Dolorosa

By David Hare

Presented in cooperation with Berkshire Theatre Festival
One week only!
Directed by Anders Cato
Featuring Jonathan Epstein
Sept. 14-17, 2006
Laurie Theater

When writer and director David Hare turned fifty, he embarked on a journey to the fifty-year-old state of Israel. Via Dolorosa is the result of his travels and numerous conversations with politicians and artists, settlers and historians, both in Israel and the Palestinian territory. Hare explores not only the landscapes, ideologies and emotions of the region, but his own values and beliefs, and those of Western civilization.  Elliot Norton award winning actor Jonathan Epstein (Berkshire Theatre Festival’s Amadeus and Boston Theatre Works Othello) stars.

Peformance Schedule/Prices:
Thursday at 8 p.m. - $18
Friday at 8 p.m. - $20
Saturday Matinee at 2 p.m. - $16
Saturday at 8 p.m. - $20
Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m. - $20

Second Look Series

As part of the Brandeis Theater Company’s Second Look Series, there will be post-show discussions following most of the performances of the show, featuring actor Jonathan Epstein and various scholars from the university.  The Second Look Series is designed to bring you closer to one or more aspects of the play and gives you the chance to meet the creators of the show.

Thursday, September 14
8 p.m. performance

Post-show discussion with Jonathan Epstein and Cynthia Cohen, Executive Director and director of coexistence research and international collaborations for the Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence.

Cynthia Cohen manages the development of research and action partnerships with coexistence organizations around the world and the involvement of Brandeis students and faculty in those partnerships. She also teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Cohen was the founding director of the Oral History Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has facilitated coexistence efforts involving participants from the Middle East, the United States, Central America, and Sri Lanka. She holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of New Hampshire, and a master's in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the director of the international fellowship program "Recasting Reconciliation Through Culture and the Arts." Cohen is the author of Working with Integrity: A Guidebook for Peacebuilders Asking Ethical Questions. She writes on the ethical and aesthetic dimensions of reconciliation and has published related chapters and articles in conflict resolution, women's studies, and education.

Friday, September 16
8 p.m.

Post-show discussion with Jonathan Epstein and Ryan McKittrick Lecturer in Theater Arts,Theater Literature, Theater and History, Playwriting

Mr. McKittrick received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theatre/ Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. As part of his graduate coursework, he studied in Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre School. He is the Associate Dramaturg at the American Repertory Theatre and a theatre critic for The Boston Globe. His articles have also appeared in The Boston Phoenix, A.R.T. News, and Correspondence. Mr. McKittrick is a recipient of the TCG Mentorship Grant and the NTC Scholarship Award. His co-translations for the stage include Anton Chekhov's Lady with a Lapdog and Rezo Gabriadze's Forbidden Christmas.

Saturday, September 16
2 p.m.

Post-show discussion with Jonathan Epstein and Daniel Terris, director of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and Imad Abu Keshik, Al-Quds University, Palestine

Mr. Terris has been at Brandeis University since 1992. Programs initiated under his leadership at the Center and as assistant provost at Brandeis have included: the Slifka Program on Intercommunal Coexistence, the Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ), the Brandeis International Fellowships, Community Histories by Youth in the Middle East (CHYME), the Ethics Center Student Fellowships (formerly the Ethics and Coexistence Student Fellowships), Brandeis in the Berkshires, Genesis at Brandeis University, and the University's continuing studies division. He has offered courses on individualism, poverty, American literature, and the roots and causes of September 11. He also teaches in the Brandeis Seminars in Humanities and the Professions, which uses literary texts to engage professionals in discussions on professional values and ethics. Terris received his  Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from Harvard University, and he has written on 20th century history, literature, and religion. He recently published Ethics at Work: Creating Virtue in an American Corporation and The International Judge: Challenges and Opportunities in an Emerging Global System.

Imad Abu Kishek serves as assistant to the president for administrative and financial affairs at Al-Quds University, the Palestinian university with campuses in Abu Dis, Ramallah, and Jerusalem.  He is spending the 2006-2007 academic year at Brandeis, meeting with senior administration officials and creating a strategic operating plan for Al-Quds.  His work is part of a multi-dimensional partnership between Brandeis University and Al-Quds University.  Mr. Abu Kishek has also been a leading organizer in the Palestinian community for the Nusseibeh-Ayalon peace initiative.

Saturday, September 16
8 p.m. performance

Post-show discussion with Jonathan Epstein and Eric Hill, chair department of theater arts and artistic director, Brandeis Theater Company.

Eric Hill comes to Brandeis with exceptional national directing credits and experience as an educator and administrative leader. He occupies a newly endowed chair donated by Barbara Sherman '54 and Malcolm L. Sherman. Most recently, Mr. Hill served as director of performance studies, associate artistic director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre, and professor of dramatic arts in acting at University of Connecticut. His method of teaching is based largely on his close association and training with Japanese master acting teacher Tadashi Suzuki. As a professor of dramatic arts in acting, he supervised instruction of UConn's bachelor of fine arts acting program. In addition to his academic responsibilities, he served as Associate Artistic Director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre.

Mr. Hill's professional career began at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre where he was a resident actor and director for five seasons. In New England, he has directed many productions at the Berkshire Theatre Festival including Siddartha, Peter Pan, A Dream Play, and My Fair Lady. For six years he served as Artistic Director of StageWest in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Bethany College and received an M.F.A. in Acting from Temple University.