Artists 4 Israel Invites Caryl Churchill To See LOVE AND LICENSES
When casting began in New York for Caryl Churchill's much criticized play, Seven Jewish Children, the casting was over-run by phony applicants who submitted resumes and headshots demanding Art, Not Propaganda. Their point was that theater, while a great medium for discourse and ideas, should not be used as an advertisement for a political agenda.
To demonstrate the difference between Art and what they call "shilling," A4I has invited Caryl to see Love and Licenses, their Off Broadway production. Discussing gay marriage and cross-border affairs, Love and Licenses is poised to shock with its honest and unapologetic portrayal of love under restrictions. In this Off Broadway production, Israel is on trial and is proven to be a country with freedom for all.
Tempering the visceral, raw emotion with complex subtleties and nuance, however, Love and Licenses premieres two plays that offer no easy critique. Neither the critic nor the supporter of Israel will find succor for long as the plays offer insightful and thought-provoking reviews of a complex situation. And, that is what theater should do - evoke dialogue and create joyous discomfort.
Te Busco tells the story of a young man destined to be the next matriarch of his family. At A Loss begins with a missing corpse and ends with a beautiful love story for those who believe in fate, albeit two generations delayed. Both are being shown for the first time on stage in their completeness. The freshness of the plays is ably handled by a talented and veteran cast and two senior directors with an eye for detail. has yet to comment publicly about the play's depiction of their services.
About Artists 4 Israel, Inc.
Artists 4 Israel is a community of creative individuals working together in an ongoing, collaborative project expressing Israel's right to exist in peace and security.