Per Schelde
Scottsdale, AZ


by Per Schelde

Conversations between a US cop and an Israeli soldier on a beach in Israel. On the agenda are racism and what it feels like to kill another human being. Brian, the cop, is there to avoid the US press after having killed a young Black man. Zev, the Israeli, is waiting to see if he's going to be indicted for killing a Palestinian family--including very young children--in an assault on a Palestinian settlement. 

This is all served as light comedy, involving a soccer ball, an UZI and suspicions of unwanted sexual attention. Plus there's the complication that Zev, forging a Hebrew accent, is really more American than Israeli, although he is a member of the Tsahal, the Israeli army. 

Zev wants to engage Brian in a conversation about killing and about the feeling it gives you, of being almost God. Brian is not interested. Zev forces the issue with newpaper quotes about the killing of Jowan Jefferson, an unarmed Black youth in Kansas. Brian catches him speaking perfect (American) English and tears up the newspaper article. 

Throughout the play, versions of the Kansas killing are played out, from a shaky and unclear video to a staged enactment to a final version narrated by Brian, where the images show what really happened while Brian tells his--very different--version. So words and images don't fit together. And Zev tells of killing a Palestinian who used to be a friend in a chase he bills as a battue, a hunting party where the hunted are chased towards the killers and of killing a family in the desert, including very young children.

Nothing is clear cut. Brian claims not to be a racist. And maybe he isn't. Zev's father is Jewish, but his mom is not. Except she converted and became Super-Jew. His dad hates Israel and rabbis and supports the Palestinians. Zev was turned in by his girlfriend who also is in the Tsahal. He calls her a piecenick and hates her.

The videos that appear throughout are accompanied by advertising for the NRA. 

It is a true comedy: there is a Happy End. The two characters are declared Heroes by their respective communities.

Brian Garrigan, A 35-40 year-old US cop from Kansas Zev Burns, a twenties, blond and handsome Israeli soldier