The Forbidden Conversation
A new autobiographical one-man performance exploring the difficulty of having a conversation about Israel in the American Jewish community.
Actor and Photographer Gili Getz presents a deeply personal one-man performance that explores the challenges of having a conversation about Israel in the American Jewish community.
About the play
While visiting Israel during the last Gaza war in 2014, Gili experienced difficulty talking about the path Israel is on with his father for the first time in his life. Finding himself in a forbidden conversation with his dad, and worried that it might strain their relationship, Gili embarked on a journey to understand the most complex, sensitive and contentious topic in the Jewish community — Israel. Having come of age politically while serving as a military photographer during the turbulent Oslo accords and the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, Gili turned to photography, hoping it would help him once again make sense of a painful political argument. The result is “The Forbidden Conversation,” developed during the artist fellowship LABA (Laboratory for Jewish culture) at the 14th Street Y, and premiered at the Center For Jewish History in the spring of 2016. The play has as been performing in Jewish spaces across the country since.
The performance is followed by an open discussion about the challenging conversations we have with family, friends and our community concerning the future of Israel, the American Jewish community and ways to process fundamental differences and disagreements.
Share your love and pride, your disappointment and shame. All opinions are welcome.
Gili Getz is an Israeli-American actor, photojournalist and activist. He served as a military photographer for the IDF and as a news editor for Ynet. His work in recent years has been focusing on American Jewish politics and he is published regularly in Jewish and Israeli press, and by Princeton University in the book "Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel" by Professor Dov Waxman.
Since graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic arts Gili has performed across the country in numerous theatrical productions and was the recipient of the Kirk Douglas scholarship. Favorite roles include Off-Off Broadway Gall in R.U.R, Off Broadway Flushed in Retzach, Orion in Skin & Teeth for which he was nominated for Best Actor in a Drama (Artistic Director’s Award), Astroglide/That’s What (as Man), which he also wrote, Lieutenant in The Broadway Play, Thalberg in Garbo’s Cuban Lover and in the New York premiere of Steel Tower. Regional theatre roles include George in Of Mice and Men at the Roxy Regional Theatre (TN) as well as Hamlet and the Bea[u]tiful in the Extreme. He has directed and acted in the critically acclaimed production of The Forgotten Carols for the past ten years.
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