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Plays for Dialogue: A Conversation with Guy Ben-Aharon

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Reception to follow
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Members $15 and Non-members $20

Plays for Dialogue: A Conversation with Guy Ben-Aharon

Moderated by Amory Sivertson

How can culturally specific theater, especially work in translation, be a driving force for intercultural dialogue? Israeli Stage founder Guy Ben-Aharon will be in conversation with WBUR producer Amory Sivertson to explore the benefits and consequences of translation, as well as the challenges and opportunities inherent in directing culturally specific work. Ben-Aharon will draw on his experiences from plays produced at Israeli Stage and share insights on the company’s upcoming production of Joshua Sobol’s The Last Act, a fiery, sexy drama that portrays the Palestinian-Israeli conflict with a play on August Strindberg’s Miss Julie. 
 
Born in Israel, Guy Ben-Aharon is the founder of Israeli Stage, sharing the diversity and vitality of Israeli culture through theater and dialogue. At Israeli Stage, Ben-Aharon has directed the North American Premiere Production of Gilad Evron's Ulysses on Bottles, Hanna Azoulay Hasfari's Atonement, and an adaptation of Anat Gov's Oh God, which played to sold-out houses in Boston and in the Berkshires. After the success of Israeli Stage, Ben-Aharon was asked to develop German Stage (Goethe-Institut), Swiss Stage (swissnexBoston), French Stage (Alliance Française, Consulat Général de France), Scandinavian Stage (SCC Boston) and Austrian Stage (ACFNY). A proud Emerson College alum, Ben-Aharon is a member of the ROI Global Entrepreneurs Community, a 2013 Theaterreffen Fellow in Berlin, a 2015 AdR Fellow at Cambridge University, UK, and an inaugural Chai in the Hub Award-winner (Top 18 Leaders under 45) awarded by Combined Jewish Philanthropies. His unique dedication to international theater has resulted in tours up and down the east coast from Atlanta to Toronto, in partnership with over thirty academic institutions in the last five years. His work has garnered him profiles in The Boston Globe, The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, The Washington Post, Ha’aretz, WBUR, and numerous other press outlets.
 
Amory Sivertson is a producer of new programming for WBUR. She is the producer of WBUR’s podcast Endless Thread. She is one of the producers of Modern Love: The Podcast and the former producer of Dear Sugar Radio (now called Dear Sugars), hosted by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond. Previously, Sivertson was the studio director and a producer for WBUR’s daily local news program, Radio Boston. She is also an independent musician, and she’ll release her fourth full-length album this spring. Siverston received a bachelor’s degree from Emerson College and studied music theory and songwriting at Berklee College of Music. 
 
This event is presented in partnership with Israeli Stage and WBUR.