written and performed by Robbie Gringras
developed with Dorit Shalom
On a small insignificant kibbutz in the Galilee a great debate rages: Should the gate that faces the local Arab village be locked shut, or should it remain open?
“wonderful… a thoughtful, engaging play about the different ways we view and interact with our world…mesmerizing and powerful.” Broadway World
Udi, who lost his brother in the War of Independence, fights for the gate to be closed.
Yiftach, aging peacenik, must do all he can to signal openness to his Palestinian cousins.
And Amal, the caterer from the Arab village, just wants someone to open the gate so she can get home after a long day.
How can we remain open? When must we close up?
Do good fences make good neighbors or distant enemies?
And what does a small story about a gate tell us about our world today?
“At once a fable, a satire and a docudrama.” Washington City Paper
Robbie Gringras presents his sixth charming new solo show with a lightness of touch, a thoughtfulness, and a depth of emotion that has been the hallmark of his displays of physical story theater over two decades of international performance.
“captures Arab–Israeli tensions with compassion and humor… Gringras gives us an artist’s insight… with thoughtfulness, drama, humor, and prayer.” DC Theatre Arts