God Waits at the Station is a kaleidoscope of fragmented testimonies; one story bursts into another until a weave of broken realities and multiple truths unfolds; an infinite cycle of victimization in which the line between victim and victimizer becomes blurry.
Who is the terrorist?
A nurse who strayed from the path when her brother was killed by the enemy? An innocent girl who lost her lover when he was set up to marry another woman? A daughter to a father with cancer who was prevented from getting treatment on time due to the political reality?
"She was pregnant", says the soldier who allowed the suicide bomber to pass through the checkpoint, thus enabling the death of thirty innocent people. "She was not pregnant", the Israeli security agent determines who was present during the autopsy. Did the taxi driver who drove her become part of a terrorist attack against his will, or was he a knowing and calculated accomplice? And how do we end the cycle of death if even a pregnant woman is a possible suspect? The characters try to put together the shrapnels of life and death, connecting one piece with another, but the image that is formed keeps falling apart during the moment of the boom.
The point of departure of God Waits at the Station is one of the most devastating terrorist attacks performed within Israeli territory by Palestinian terror organizations during the Second Intifada (2000-2005). Terrorist attacks, and mainly suicide bombings, were the central expressions of this violent uprising. Israel responded to these attacks with "targeted killings" of terrorists, which then led to additional attacks, forming an endless cycle of revenge: attack-retaliation-attack. The Second Intifada tore apart the Oslo Accords (1993) and led to an escalation which damaged the Israeli and Palestinian economies, and took the lives of soldiers and civilians on both sides.
God Waits at the Station
By Maya Arad
Director | Shay Pitowsky
Dramaturg | Einat Baranovsky
With the Habima Young Actors Group
Set Designer | Niv Manor
Costume Designer | Natasha Tuchman-Poliak
Music | Alberto Schwartz
Movement | Sharon Gal
Video | Nimrod Zin
Lighting Designer | Ziv Volushin
Cast | Oshrat Ingedashet, Yuval Shlomovich, Naama Armon, Harel Morad, Shahar Raz, Oded Ehrlich, Naama Armon, Eleanor Flaxman, Lea Gelfenstein, Harel Morad, Shahar Raz, Harel Morad, Oded Ehrlich, Yuval Shlomovich, Eleanor Flaxman, Naama Armon
Produced in the context of the TERRORisms project
Opened on 13 November 2014
At the Habima – National Theatre of Israel, Tel Aviv
And at the Comédie de Reims, France
On the 8 February 2015
More info here
Photos © Elohim Mehake Ba Tahana
With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union