BENEDICTUS: An Iran-Israel-US artistic collaboration in SF and LA
Benedictus: An International Collaboration Among Artists from Iran, Israel and the US
Created by Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, Motti Lerner, Roberta Levitow, Daniel Michaelson, and Torange Yeghiazarian
Written by Motti Lerner and Directed by Mahmood Karimi-Hakak
September 29 – October 21
Thick House, 1695 18th St., San Francisco Box Office: (415) 401-8081
Two childhood friends, one Jewish and one Muslim, find themselves estranged and on opposing sides after the 1979 Revolution. Propelled by world events and against a backdrop of an imminent US invasion of Iran , they agree to a secret meeting in a Benedictine monastery in Rome to negotiate a price for safety and freedom.Given the impossibility of meeting in Iran and the complexities of meeting in Israel, these artists are working in the US to create collaborative theatre in the midst of escalating political conflict amongst their home countries. Benedictus explores how the relationship among Iran, Israel, and United States is impacting the world.
Following the San Francisco run, the play will perform as part of the New LATC (Los Angeles Theatre Company)'s World Theatre Festival. BENEDICTUS dates are November 29 – December 9.
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