Audience Review by Jamila Haseeb
What if you could look into the eyes of an Israeli soldier while he bares his soul? What if you could crawl inside the mind of a young idealistic peace activist and hear what motivates her quest?
What if you could be the only witness to a family clinging to stability as the unthinkable unfolds before their eyes?
Based upon the true life story of peace activist Rachel Corrie, the play Sarah’s War asks the question: “What if?” If you think you know how the story ends… think again.
The performances by the amazingly talented cast are powerful in their realism and complexity–so much so that at times I forgot I was watching a play. The Palestinian/Israeli situation is examined from points of view not often seen and on an intimate level that is hard to capture, but somehow successfully done so by playwright Valerie Dillman…the audience just can’t help but be transported to another place.
I definitely recommend you see Sarah’s War! I suggest you sit in the first 2 or 3 rows for your experience will be even better, even more intimate! May Sarah’s War help to bring about Rachel’s Peace that she so valiantly gave her life for.
If you think you know how the story ends… think again.
Praise for Sarah's War
"I am so moved by [this] version of this story. The last scene is beautiful, completely unexpected and profoundly healing. The family (Sarah's) is so very American in all our urgent wish for closeness and fairness—and our terrible dysfunction and restless disquiet because of what we sense—but deny—is done in our names." —Mimi Kennedy
"Sarah's War was an intense, thought-provoking and dramatically presented story about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict which is also significantly affecting Americans. The story focuses in on the human impact of the conflict and is recommended for all audiences." —Sol P. Ajalat
"I thought it was a marvelous, powerful, beautifully staged work, and will recommend it to those whom I know can handle this particular theme. I remember the event of Rachel Corrie's death in 2003, and all the furor that attended it. The playwright did a masterful job of bringing this highly emotional subject to the stage. The acting as a whole was wonderful; it seemed very very real to me, particularly the family scenes involving Sarah's mother & father, uncle & aunt, & sister. Also very effective were the scenes involving Danny, the bulldozer driver, who was torn by his conscience. This play brought the ugly, harrowing nature of the Israeli-Arab conflict into high focus, and made me go back to the history of it: the many times the Palestinians had the opportunity to realize their state, but rejected every one because it meant that Israel would continue to exist, the sometimes terrible actions of the IDF against innocent civilians in occupied territories., the horrific suicide bombings. I have strong feelings for both sides of the conflict, and in many ways I absolutely agree with the Sarah character, who felt for the put-upon Palestinians. Being Jewish, I also relate to Uncle Don, who represents the Jewish side of the struggle.
Thank you for this play, which makes everyone who sees it aware of that history and the reasons for what is happening now." —Linda Winters
Read more about Sarah's War and Freedom Theatre West at the Levantine Cultural Center.