Culture Project to Present Dai (enough) at UN Headquarters

On Thursday, May 31, 2007, the Culture Project's acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Iris Bahr's Drama Desk-nominated solo play Dai (enough) will play a special command performance at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Hosted by Ambassador Dan Gillerman, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, this by-invitation-only performance of Dai (enough) will play to more than 100 U.N. Ambassadors and Diplomats as a non-traditional means of addressing the fight against global terrorism and the desire for peace from citizens of all nations.

"Terrorism is a dark force that shatters and destroys lives. It is a growing global threat that can never be justified," said Gilad Cohen, Spokesperson at the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations. "The U.N. has many forums for discussing terrorism. But art is a powerful venue that can enhance our understanding. This performance wonderfully presents many diverse faces of Israeli society, from all walks of life, and shows us a portrait of a people yearning for peace while struggling to prevail against terrorism."

"In Dai (enough), Bahr takes audiences into the colorful world of a Tel Aviv café, only minutes before a suicide bomber enters.  Here we are allowed entry into the lives of numerous inhabitants from all strata of Israeli society, as well as its observers and critics: eccentric, lost, hilarious souls whose lives, quirks and neuroses are channeled through Bahr's remarkable characterizations and ability to bring humor to even the most dire and tragic of circumstances," as described in press materials.

Dai (enough) is Iris Bahr's latest foray into the solo performance world, having worked as a successful actor and stand-up on both stage and screen, that deals with a subject close to her torn heart and mind, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  "From a woman who was a sergeant in the Israeli army, a former neuroscience researcher, author of the memoir Dork Whore, and a confused dual citizen who has starred on both 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and the wholly unrelated nationwide release Larry the Cable Guy comes this startling, provocative and miraculously entertaining solo show about the splintered Israeli psyche."

Directed by Will Pomerantz, Dai (enough) began performances at 45 Bleecker Street on November 8, 2006 as the breakout hit from Culture Project's successful IMPACT Festival. Performances continued through Saturday, December 16, whereupon the production transferred to 55 Mercer Street on January 4, 2007 for an additional two-month run.

Later this summer, Dai (enough) will play 26 performances in the U.K. as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 1–27, 2007, before returning to New York for a commercial Off-Broadway engagement produced by Jonathan Pollard, Bernie Kukoff and Jon Cutler.

 



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