On October 11th at 7pm, all are welcome to a free film showing of Aaron Davidman’s “Wrestling Jerusalem” in the Donohue Auditorium of the Dolan Science Center at John Carroll University. After the film, there will be a talkback conversation with Aaron Davidman. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Program at John Carroll University, co-sponsored by the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, the Middle East Students Association (MESA), Hillel at JCU, and Cleveland Public Theatre.
In a tour-de-force performance, writer-actor Aaron Davidman conjures a host of different characters while seeking answers to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in WRESTLING JERUSALEM. Creatively adapting his acclaimed one-man stage show using only simple props and backdrops, Davidman takes a multidimensional journey into the heart of the Middle East, and the intersection of politics, identity and spiritual yearning. He embodies and gives voice to 17 different characters on all sides of the existential divide–deftly moving between male and female, Jewish and Muslim, Israeli and Arab–modeling what it takes truly to bear witness through the eyes of the other. Challenging long-held beliefs with sharp and unblinking observation, Davidman finds both entrenched isolation and shared humanity in the shifting moral compasses and competing narratives of all his characters.