"Tell Her the Truth"
by Tony Kushner & Alisa Solomon
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Israel's recent bombing and ground invasion of the Gaza Strip,
Operation Cast Lead, killed 1,417 Palestinians; thirteen Israelis were
killed, five by friendly fire. Thousands of Palestinians were seriously
wounded and left without adequate medical care, shelter or food. Among
the Palestinian dead, more than 400 were children. In response to this
devastation, Caryl Churchill wrote a play.
Churchill is one of the most important and influential playwrights
living, the author of formally inventive, psychologically searing,
politically and intellectually complex dramas, including Cloud
Nine, Top Girls, Fen, Serious Money, Mad
Forest and Far Away. To this body of work she's now added the
very brief (six pages, ten minutes long in performance) and very
controversial Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza. The play
ran for two weeks in February at London's Royal Court Theatre and is
being presented across the United States in cities such as New York
(Theaters Against War and New York Theatre Workshop), Chicago (Rooms
Productions), Washington (Theater J and Forum Theatre), Cambridge,
Massachusetts (Cambridge Palestine Forum) and Los Angeles (Rude
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