D.C. JCC Play Switched To Workshops After Pro-Israel Protests


In the face of opposition to plans to perform an Israeli playwright’s work exploring allegations of a 1948 Israeli massacre of Arabs, a Washington, D.C. theater backed by the federation there has revised its plans for the project, according to the Washington Jewish Week.

Theater J in the city’s JCC had intended to produce 35 performances of “The Admission” by Motti Lerner. But after a group calling itself Citizens Opposed to Propaganda Masquerading as Art (COPMA) ran ads and an e-mail campaign stating that community members should stop donating to the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, which supports the JCC, the theater decided instead to present the play as a series of 16 workshops in which the audience can give input to the playwright and director, the Washington Jewish Week reported.

The workshops will be part of a larger symposium on Israel and conversations about Israel, the paper said.