Paradise (play)

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Artist: Glyn O'Malley

Year: 2003

Date of Action: January 2003

Region: North America

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Theatre

Confronting Bodies: Local Muslims

Description of Artwork: "The play, written by New York playwright O'Malley, follows the story of two girls, one Palestinian and one Israeli. Both girls — who in another time and place could have been friends — deal with their everyday life of homework, secret crushes and dreams while war persists around them. The play is inspired by the true story of an 18-year-old Palestinian suicide bomber who killed three people, including herself and a fellow high school senior who was Israeli." [1] The play was commissioned by the Cincinnati Playhouse.

The Incident: The play was supposed to go on tour to local high schools, but a vociferous protest from local Muslims, who believed the play was biased, ultimately cancelled the project.

Results of Incident: The play had a free reading at the Cincinnati Playhouse, where local Jewish and Muslim leaders were invited to attend.


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