Anna Ziegler

Dov and Ali

DOV AND ALI at Theatre503
Photo by Hugh MacDonald
DOV AND ALI at Theatre503
Photo by Hugh MacDonald
DOV AND ALI at Playwrights Realm
Photo by Erik Pearson
DOV AND ALI at Playwrights Realm
Photo by Erik Pearson
DOV AND ALI at Playwrights Realm
Photo by Erik Pearson
DOV AND ALI at Playwrights Realm
Photo by Erik Pearson
"In an American tradition of plays
such as Oleanna and Spinning
into Butter, Anna Ziegler’s
four-hander is an intense, intelligent
and hugely promising play
that plays out clashes of belief
systems in the classroom."

— the guardian (lyn gardner)

plot synopsis

“Once upon a time, in the middle of a school, in the middle of Detroit, in the middle of the United States of America, there was a confused teacher and a precocious student.” When Dov, an Orthodox Jew, and Ali, a strict Muslim, get caught in a cultural crossfire, both are confronted with the same choice: Will they stand by their beliefs or face the devastating consequences?

select productions

— Theatre503, London, 2008 (Directed by Alex Sims)
— The Playwrights Realm, NYC, 2009 (Directed by Katherine Kovner)
— Chester Theatre, NY, 2009 (Directed by Michelle Tattenbaum)

more press

“There are a lot of intelligent things to be said about Anna Ziegler’s Dov and Ali, after all, it is a play which faces up to burning issues that are relevant to us all, but there is really only one thing that needs to be said. Go and see it. [It’s] a powerhouse play…that pulls no punches. There is a resounding truth that pours out of it in all directions…and yet [it] doesn’t preach. There are no answers offered, no morals proffered, but when theatre is this good it reminds you how essential it is.” – WhatsOnStage, London ***** (5 stars)

“A flawless play…In a time of ceaseless snark and cynicism, its earnestness in asking bigger questions can be downright refreshing.” – New York Times

 

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