THE TUNNEL

 

Israeli soldiers, a beat-up reservist Iftach and “green” draftee Tzlil, are buried in the tunnel. They are together with two Palestinians - Mansur and Hisam. Enemies in the mousetrap, they try to find their way out. To kill or to save each other?

They try to survive in this suffocating underground. Above them - our customary political carnival, absurd, dominant and inherent background of our daily life.

Is theater the mirror of reality? Can it reflect and judge this reality “here and now”?

To whom and what to believe? Who triggers and who lowers the trigger in the world, ruled by mass media, in the world of broken communication?

 

Characters  (7M, 2F)

 

One side of the tunnel

Tzuf, Infantry private, serving his mandatory three years against his
        pacifist father’s wishes on the Gaza border.

Sela, Army reserves, married with a 12-year-old daughter.

 

Other side of the tunnel

Heesham, Desperate young man who joined the Hamas.

Mansur, Hamas veteran. (killed on act 1) 

 

Above the tunnel

Karen Featherstone, “Sunflowers” host, a morning talk show.

Yohann Schwarzweiss, UN delegate to the Middle East.

Israeli Official, a polished politician.

Palestinian Official, (same actor as Mansur).

Ricardo, soul sculpting instructor.     

Eli, Talk show editor. (VO1)  

Joseph, Talk show director. (VO2)

Nofar, Female Israel Border Police

Hadassa / Tzuf’s Mother / Sela’s Daughter - Movement.

 

Inspired by the script No Man’s Land by Danis Tanovich

The play was directed by Irad Rubinstein in Gesher Theatre, 2017.