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Dov and Ali

Full Length, Drama
2 men, 2 women
Total Cast: 4, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 9780822234555


FEE: $105 per performance.
THE STORY: 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?
“…a flawless play…In a time of ceaseless snark and cynicism, its earnestness in asking bigger questions can be downright refreshing.” —NY Times. “In an American tradition of plays such as Oleanna…Anna Ziegler’s four-hander is an intense, intelligent and hugely promising play that plays out clashes of belief systems in the classroom.” —Guardian (UK). “DOV AND ALI is a powerhouse play that drives its way through an hour and a half of twists and turns about race, individuality, human relations and role models…There is a resounding truth that pours out of it in all directions…and yet [it] doesn’t preach. There are no answers offered, there are no morals proffered, but when theatre is this good, it reminds you how essential it is.” — “DOV AND ALI is an acutely observed exploration of the hypocrisies that…engulf us today…Ziegler’s script packs a powerful punch…An incredibly moving play that challenges notions of freedom, expectations and ultimately forgiveness.” — British Theatre Guide. “[A] gripping new play about a placatory Jewish teacher and a viciously intense Muslim pupil in a Detroit school, both of whom have similarly divided cultural loyalties. It’s beautifully wrought.” —Telegraph (UK).