Oh God said to Abraham, "Kill me a son"
Abe says, "Man, you must be puttin' me on"
God say, "No." Abe say, "What?"
God say, "You can do what you want Abe, but
The next time you see me comin' you better run"
Well Abe says, "Where do you want this killin' done?"
God says, "Out on Highway 61."
Copyright ©1965; renewed 1993 Special Rider Music
The Land (an original three act play ) brings the Palestinian/Israeli conflict into sharp relief. Two sides, two stories ; a long and terrible history of conquest, persecution, suffering and exile. The Land provides insight into this tragedy through the eyes of two women on either side of the Divide!
The Land Workshop Peformances at the TCA in Taos December 11/12 09
In December of 2009, I produced and co-directed (with David Behrstock) a workshop production of the The Land at the TCA (Taos Community Auditorium) to benefit Grassroots Jerusalem. The fantastic sound effects by Joshua Cunningham ( http://concentratedefforts.com/live/) include the first verse of Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited ( used with permission ) whose prescient words appropriately open the play.Khalil Khweis' beautiful poem ends this play on a high note! It speaks of healing the rift together. A little of it is shown here, spoken in Arabic, Hebrew and English, in the trailer above, which was Directed by Krystina Siebenaler and edited by Peter Walker.
The eleven member cast plus Micha Kurz (co-founder of Breaking The Silence and Grassroots Jerusalem) received standing ovations both nights and a month's worth of letters to the Taos News' arts supplement, Tempo. (See comments listed under What People Are Saying About The Land)
This controversial, emotionally fraught piece, generated an equally emotional and controversial response, which has made me all the more determined to keep this play alive and take it on the road. To continue giving 10% of the proceeds from each performance to Grassroots Jerusalem who are my eyes and ears on the ground. Visit them at http://www.grassrootsjerusalem.org/
We are currently seeking grants, but due to revolving grant cycles,and in order to keep the momentum going, we need immediate funding. We need money for more rehearsal time in order to refine the revised play; taking it from a workshop production to completion. We will first stage it in this region.We'll need money for rehearsal space, theatre rentals, sets, travel,, advertising and misc. sundries. Ultimately, we'd like to see it play in New York so we've budgeted in a short trip to see a few people. We've set our sights on $7,500.00 here, on Kickstarter, because we believe we can and will raise that amount, but in reality, we need much more in order to accomplish our goal.
Every bit, no matter how small, you pledge, helps us bring awareness to a critical situation and because this is Kickstarter, you get cool rewards including a BONUS REWARD for all backers no matter the amount pledged! A private viewing of the entire workshop production of The Land at the TCA in Taos last December, on The Land blog! Please help me raise the money I need to get this play back on its feet and seen by as many people as possible! Together we can change the paradigm AND the picture on the ground.
What People Said About The Land
" I have sketched out a possible scenario, that offers Hope and Renewal after so many centuries of common despair."
Interview with Lynne Robinson from The Taos News Dec 10 2009
Letters To The Taos News
"Regarding the Thursday (Dec.10) cover story titled “Roots of Conflict,” I question The Taos News giving a front cover Tempo position to this article. As founding president of the Taos Jewish Center and also of the Peace Hanukkah celebration this week, this article makes me question the journalistic orientation and integrity of The Taos News. "
"In a time when a play about slain activist Rachel Corrie couldn't be produced in New York City, our little town has produced a sophisticated statement about one of the biggest issues of the day. It has done so with a cast of friends and neighbors that include Jewish South Africans, Israelis, Palestinians, Hispanics, Native Americans and Anglos! Gotta love it!"
"It is no mistake that the play is told through the eyes of two mothers - an Israeli and a Palestinian. Mothers are asked to sacrifice their sons during times of war. Therefore it is believable and appropriate that they are the ones most likely to cross a cultural divide and become leaders for peace. The mothers have much in common. They do not want their sons to become killers or to be killed."
Author of "Scrapbook of a Taos Hippie."
N.B.Brand new from Iris in The Electronic Intifada http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11096.shtml
You can also follow The Land's journey here http://thelandbylynnerobinson.blogspot.com/
Thanks so much for reading. I appreciate your interest.
Lynne Robinson/The Land
P.O. Box 3451
Taos, New Mexico