West Bank, UK

by Oren Safdie

directed by Oren Safdie

n the new musical WEST BANK, UK, when Israeli ex-patriot, Assaf Ben-Moshe Benvenisti, breaks up with his German girlfriend and returns home to his rent-controlled flat on the West Bank of London, he discovers that Palestinian refugee, Aziz Hamoud, has taken over his lease. Their American landlord is torn between the two men, and urges them to work out their differences and learn to live together in harmony. WEST BANK, UK co-stars Jeremy Cohen, most recently seen in MACCABEAT! THE HANUKKAH MUSICAL at this year's New York Musical Theatre Festival, as Assaf; and Mike Mosallam, whose credits include his solo show MUSLIM: THE MUSICAL and CARNIVAL! at Kennedy Center, as Aziz. Joining Messrs. Cohen and Mosallam in the cast are Anthony Patellis and Michelle Solomon, who portrayed Teddy and Siatica, respectively, in Safdie and Cohen's FIDDLER SUB-TERRAIN. WEST BANK, UK features set design by Michael V. Moore; lighting design by Matt Berman; costume design by Greco; musical direction by Scott Baldyga; and choreography by Wendy Seyb, whose work can currently be seen Off-Broadway in WALMARTOPIA. A two-piece ensemble comprised of Mr. Baldyga, from the LA-based group Kokopelli, and Jake Shulman-Ment Brown from with the New York based Village Klezmer Quintet and Romashka, will perform the Middle Eastern-flavored score. Casting by Stephanie Klapper and publicity by Sam Rudy Media Relations. The world-premiere production of WEST BANK, UK was commissioned and developed by the Malibu Stage Company under the direction of Jacqueline Bridgeman, Founding President. Oren Safdie and Ronnie Cohen previously collaborated on the La MaMa ETC hit musical comedy JEWS &JESUS, which The New York Times called "lovable… [Safdie and Cohen] have given the cast a lot of great irreverent material to work with." Director and book author Oren Safdie is best known for PRIVATE JOKES, PUBLIC PLACES, "an X-Acto-blade-sharp comedy" (The New Yorker) about architecture, which was a critical Off-Broadway hit during the 2003-'04 season and subsequently has played across North America, Off-West End in London, and at the National Theatre in Romania. His most recent play, THE LAST WORD…, was presented Off-Broadway last season, starring two-time Emmy Award-winner Daniel J. Travanti of "Hill Street Blues." Mr. Safdie is also the author of the films "You Can Thank Me Later," starring Ellen Burstyn, and the Israeli film "Bittersweet," which recently played at the Jerusalem and Montreal World Film Festivals. Other plays include HYPER-ALLERGENIC, BROKEN PLACES, LAUGHING DOGS and LA COMPAGNIE, which was developed as a pilot for CBS/Castle Rock. He also writes for Metropolis Magazine and contributes to Dwell. Composer and lyricist Ronnie Cohen, a Fulbright Scholar, is a graduate of Columbia University's Poetry Division, and the Berklee School of Music. He has contributed articles to the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly, and teaches English at Palisades Charter High School in California. His father is songwriter Avshalom Cohen, famous in Israel for the song "Agala Im Susa," and other popular hits. Malibu Stage Company, a Non-for-Profit Company, was created in 1990 and has presented a variety of programs in venues throughout Malibu. In 1998, it acquired a disused Lutheran church near Point Dume and converted it into a state-of-the-art 99-seat theatre. From the company's inception, co-founder and producer Jacqueline Bridgeman has provided managerial and design services to virtually all of Malibu Stage's 30-plus productions, including world premieres of John Shaner's, FELLOW TRAVELER, Charles Marowitz's MUDERING MARLOWE, and Oren Safdie's PRIVATE JOKES, PUBLIC PLACES and THE LAST WORD….

Performances: 

 11/29/2007 at 8:00pm
 11/30/2007 at 8:00pm
 12/1/2007 at 8:00pm
 12/2/2007 at 2:30pm
 12/2/2007 at 8:00pm
 12/6/2007 at 8:00pm
 12/7/2007 at 8:00pm
 12/8/2007 at 8:00pm
 12/9/2007 at 2:30pm
 12/9/2007 at 8:00pm
 12/13/2007 at 8:00pm
 12/14/2007 at 8:00pm
 12/15/2007 at 8:00pm
 12/16/2007 at 2:30pm
 12/16/2007 at 8:00pm

Theatre/Venue La MaMa Experimental Theatre 

74A East 4th St  New York

Phone Number for Reservations 212-475-7710 
Website for reservations www.lamama.org  
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