Rich in
Arab and Israeli music
Hebrew and Arabic language
Palestinian and  Jewish stories

World Premiere of TJTs Middle East Project
March 17 May 1, 2005

Created by the Middle East Project Ensemble: Aaron Davidman, Nora El Samahy, Corey Fischer, Meirav Kupperberg, Ibrahim Miari, Eric Rhys Miller and Naomi Newman.

Directed and Co-Created by Aaron Davidman
Original music
composed and performed by Georges Lammam
        Music performed by Daniel Hoffman April 14 May 1

The story:
        A young man is born to an Israeli-Jewish mother and a Palestinian father. Claimed by both cultures, he embodies the ongoing struggle over the land known as Israel/Palestine. The shared and competing stories of each culture push and pull at him as he searches for reconciliation. Developed through TJTs signature ensemble process, the play incorporates a range of characters, bold physicality and original live music.
        Watch for more about BLOOD RELATIVE in the coming days and weeks at .

Excerpts from the printed program
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SAN FRANCISCO    March 17 April 17, 2005
Traveling Jewish Theatre
470 Florida Street   (between 17th & Mariposa)

BERKELEY   April 21 May 1, 2005
Julia Morgan Center for the Arts
2640 College Avenue (north of Ashby)

        Thursday, Friday, Saturday    8:00 pm           
        Sunday    2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
        There are some exceptions. For performance information, phone the TJT box office at 415/285-8080.

Tickets: $12 - $35
        Discount tickets for students, seniors and groups of 5 or more. 
        All Thursday and Friday night performances are pay-what-you-can, subject to availability

For tickets and information:
        1. Call the TJT box office   415/285-8080
        2.  On the Web at
                Type Blood Relative in the search area to find your dates and buy tickets.

Post-show dialogues or discussion panels will follow performances on:
        Thursday, March 24, 8:00 pm  (Dialogue)
        Saturday, March 26, 2:00 pm  (Dialogue)
        Thursday, March 31, 8:00 pm  (Panel)
        Sunday, April 3, 7:00 pm  (Dialogue)
        Saturday, April 16, 8:00 pm  (Panel)
        Sunday, April 17, 7:00 pm  (Dialogue)
        Thursday, April 21, 8:00 pm  (Dialogue)
        Saturday, April 30, 8:00 pm  (Dialogue)

What others have said about BLOOD RELATIVE:

If after seeing this, people are really starting to talk and listen to each other, then were achieving our goal."
        Palestinian actor Ibrahim Miari   (J. Weekly, March 11-17, 2005)

Creating a play based on the Israel/Palestine conflict may be just as difficult as trying to solve it.  But the artists at Traveling Jewish Theatre trust their process, and more importantly, listen to each other.
        Jean Schiffman   (Theatre Bay Area, March 2005)

"The rest of you can argue with each other about who is right, who is wrong, and who is to blame. This kind of work is far more constructive, and in the end will outlast the arguing. . .art really can save us."
        Leila Abu-Saba MacLeod  (her blog, "Dove's Eye View: An Arab-American woman sees signs of hope")

Blood Relative is arguably [TJTs] most poignant work to date It isnt documentary theatre, journalism or even diplomacy.  'We would like people to leave the theatre asking different questions than when they walked in. And to keep talking.
        Karen McKevitt, with quote from TJT Artistic Director, Aaron Davidman   (American Theatre, March 2005)

TJT is finally addressing the knotty question of whether Arabs and Jews in the Middle East can learn to live together in peace Blood Relative looks beyond old fears in an attempt to start a conversation without taking sides.
        Lisa Drostova   (San Francisco Magazine, March 2005)

Critics choice, What looks good in 2005.
        Robert Hurwitt   (SF Chronicle, January 2, 2005)

The goal is to move the inter- and intra-community conversations toward dialogue, in which each side is encouraged to listen deeply and be willing to give up what they thing they already know.  Only from this place can we begin to imagine possibilities of reconciliation.
        TJTs Aaron Davidman   (quoted in American Theatre, September 2004)

Excerpts from the printed program
                are at