Playwrite threatens to sue if play performed in Ariel

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 7, 2010 09:49

Playwrite Shmuel Hasfari threatened to sue the Cameri theater company if a play that he wrote is performed at the Ariel Cultural Center, Army Radio reported on Sunday. Asfari is among the artists and academics who published an open letter on Friday calling on performers to boycott the theater, which was scheduled to open on Monday.

The letter asks the performers to consider that Ariel “is an illegal settlement which violates international law and the Geneva Conditions, which the State of Israel has signed.”

Hasfari's play, Havdala, was still scheduled to be performed in the theater's opening week despite the playwrite's objections.

Hasfari said that he will take legal action to prevent the play being performed in Ariel based on the fact that "there is a clause in my contract that every showing of the play outside of Israel's borders requires a new, separate contract."

Cameri Director General Noam Semel claimed that the clause in the contract which Hasfari is relying upon for his proposed legal action relates to the showing of his play in Austria and Germany and that the issue will be resolved in court.


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