The Siege is a passionate retelling of the story of the 2002 siege of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, during the height of the second Intifada. Drawn from interviews with survivors, it is told from the point of view of some of the armed Palestinian fighters who found refuge in the church. Along with some 200 civilians, they were given sanctuary by the church’s resident priests and nuns and spent 39 days there with dwindling food, water and medical supplies. While the world watched, the fighters grappled with survival, ideology, and the decision to continue the struggle to the end, or surrender.
Performed in Arabic with English supertitles. Read more about the play.
NYU Skirball will also curate ten fascinating post-show discussions, featuring members of the cast and crew in conversation with Kathleen Chalfant, Leila Buck, Samer Al-Saber, Huwaida Arraf and many more! More information and tickets.
Media contact, NYC performances:
Thomas O. Kriegsmann, ArKtype
Jenin performances of The Siege
Preceding the US tour, The Siege will be presented at The Freedom Theatre in Jenin refugee camp during October 1-5. Read more.