The play’s the thing


The New York Theater Workshop is considering staging a 10-minute play that portrays Israelis as heartless (so says the New York Times) and whose producers will not charge admission. Instead, audience members will be asked to contribute money to Medical Aid for Palestinians, a British-based group. The play is called “Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza."

A spokesman for New York Theater Workshop — known for provocative work like Tony Kushner’s play “Homebody/Kabul” and the original production of the musical “Rent” — said on Tuesday that the workshop was “interested in the play” and was now considering whether a production could be mounted this season.

According to other people familiar with the discussions at the workshop, its artistic director, James C. Nicola, is pursuing the play while mindful of his bruising experience in 2006 with “My Name Is Rachel Corrie.”

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