News From Ramaz
Ms. Barak's junior honors Hebrew class went to see the play Grey Rock at the La MaMa Theater on East 4th Street. The play tells the story of a Palestinian man who wants to build a rocket to go to the moon, and the five actors in the show are all Palestinians. In addition to the main plot about building the rocket, the play focuses on human relationships - between a father and a daughter, between a woman and her fiance, between a man and his late wife - making each of the characters seem intensely real and human. The actors perform in English, which is impressive given that English isn't their first language, and for many, not even their second. The special matinee was followed with a Q&A with the cast and director!
The play generated many interesting conversations among students who had strong and varied opinions of the play. Grey Rock was written to be a human story, not a story about politics, but it does include scattered negative references to the Israeli army and checkpoints. Some students objected to this portrayal, but others thought it was informative. Overall, students agreed that seeing the play was a valuable experience and helped provide a human view of the other side of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
- Josephine S. '20