"A Tug of War": Intercultural Practices within Israeli Orthodox Women's Theater

Reina Rutlinger-Reiner


Theater in Israel has always been an art associated with secular western society and culture. In the past few years, Orthodox Israeli women have adopted theater as a legitimate space to explore religious and social issues through original texts based on the Jewish canon. The article gives two examples of scenes which included intercultural elements. These allowed the orthodox artists further explorations of religious forms of self and communal expression. Intercultural practices onstage embody possible reforms for orthodox women but after close examination of theatrical techniques and metaphors, we conclude that orthodox women are ambivalent about the changes that they themselves are presenting to their audiences.

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