"Oh, we have sharks here... but they're not in the water." -Udi, Israeli surf teacher
Heather is bored of her job, bored of Ohio, and bored of (cough) fertility problems. . . so what happens she and her husband move to exotic Tel Aviv? Well, the Israeli "balagan"* slaps Heather with acute culture shock, a rejected visa, and a husband who finds God. So how does a wide eyed American navigate the wild waters of the Middle East? She learns to surf!
Twelve colourful characters, four comedy ukulele anthems and one woman searching for her inner chutzpah** on a surfboard in this dynamic solo show exploring the immigrant experience, female empowerment and rebirth. A classic fish-out-of-water tale with sharp observational comedy, electrifying storytelling and bold physicality from ½ of award-winning comedy duo Hunt the Vigan. Told as a series of surf lessons that playfully blurs the boundaries between comedy, musical and drama. Don't miss the show press & audiences are raving about!
Surfing the Holyland is a work of absolute fiction. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental...It is 100% fiction....95%…At least 90. Okay, 70. 70% fiction.
Produced by Slackline Productions, championing the stories of women 35+ and directed by Adam Lenson who specialises in new and experimental musical theatre with credits from The Old Vic, Public Theatre (New York), Duke of York’s and St James Theatre.
Supported by JW3.
*BALAGAN: (Hebrew) a mess, a chaotic scene, a circus
**CHUTZPAH: (Yiddish) extreme self-confidence
ALSARAYA JAFFA THEATRE
Tel Aviv, Israel
CAMDEN FRINGE FESTIVAL
Canal Cafe Theatre
WARREN OUTDOOR SEASON
Pacific Palisades, CA, USA
PREMIERE AT JW3