Kafka in Palestine
“Kafka in Palestine” completes my trilogy of plays dealing with WWII and its aftermath.
Franz Kafka’s sister Ottla perished in Auschwitz and Franz died of tuberculosis in 1924. In the early 1920s though, the brother and sister had dreamed of moving to Palestine. I want audiences to get a sense of how the siblings’ dream of coexistence with the Arabs of Palestine was cruelly betrayed by historical events.
Today’s Palestine is truly Kafkaesque. In experiencing the play, I invite audiences to reflect about the contrast between the earlier aspirations and the current reality. As Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim titled their own efforts at peacemaking through music, “knowledge is the beginning.”
"Kafka in Palestine" received an equity staged reading in New York with Playhouse Creatures, directed by Janet Bobcean; and a staged reading at the Community Church of Boston in 2018, directed by Morgan Flynn.