The Fever Chart: Four Visions of the Middle East from Naomi Wallace
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This play is intense and needs to be paid close attention to. The acting is excellent. The subject is painful. I went with many Jewish friends. Some of them were unhappy because they felt it as too pro Palestinian. Others felt it was very balanced and portrayed both views well. Naomi Wallace is such an intelligent woman with many thought provoking ideas. Her plays always make me think. Supercritic
By Naomi Wallace
Directed by Robin Witt and Ensemble Member Sarah Moeller
The 2011 Naomi Wallace season concludes with the Chicago premieres of The Fever Chart: Four Visions of the Middle East – four multi-faceted works exploring the urgency and complexity of the Middle East’s political landscape, through the voices and experiences of the people who inhabit it.
In A State of Innocence, an Israeli soldier encounters a mysterious Palestinian woman in a dreamscape of the Rafah Zoo. Between this Breath and You takes place in a clinic in West Jerusalem, where a Palestinian father, after the death of his son, connects with a young Israeli woman with whom he shares more than either thought. In The Retreating World, an Iraqi bird collector tells of his conscription into Saddam’s army and life in the aftermath of the surrender to US forces. No Such Cold Thing explores the American war in Afghanistan in human terms through the story of two afghan teenage sisters divided by conflict, and the US serviceman who finds an intimately human connection to their tragedy.
Naomi Wallace’s plays have been produced in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Her major plays include One Flea Spare, In the Heart of America, Slaughter City, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Things of Dry Hours and The Fever Chart: Four Visions of the Middle East. Her work has received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Kesselring Prize, Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award and an Obie. She is also a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. Ms. Wallace’s award-winning film Lawn Dogs is available on DVD along with The War Boys (co-written with Bruce Mcleod). Wallace obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College and did graduate studies at the University of Iowa. Naomi Wallace divides her time between Kentucky and the Yorkshire Dales, UK. Wallace is currently under commission with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Joseph Papp Public Theater.
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