A virtual encounter between two enemies meeting on Grindr
by Nimrod Danishman
A Grindr conversation between a Lebanese guy and an Israeli guy develops into an impossible relationship, in the wake of growing tension between the two countries.
Boaz and George meet on Grindr. One is in Israel, the other in Lebanon. They're both horny but can't meet. Something in their conversation excites them both. The distance, the border fence, the enemy, the foreignness. They both fill a need for one another. Their conversations move forward, and they decide to meet in Berlin, an island of peace in a world of wars. But in the Middle Eastern reality, the border between the two countries heats up, and they are forced to make difficult decisions.
BORDERS is a virtual drama about two enemies who were never supposed to meet, who try to form an intimate relationship against all odds. Sixteen virtual conversations form a relationship that crosses cultures, politics, and wars. Indirect relationships between screens, written words, emojis, and GIFs. Their relationship exists in a liminal area, on the border, which transforms from a dividing line between countries into a meeting point.
Nano Shabtai, Haaretz
A fine debut in its modest emotional honesty.
David Rosenthal, Walla!
An enjoyable play that provides a glimpse into an unfamiliar world.
Bar Amir, WDG
Everything is so naturally interwoven into the text that it’s easy to believe these conversations actually happened.
We're here also during COVID-19!
During Israel's first quarantine BORDERS was adapted to the Telegram app. The show takes place over three days in the Telegram group, on your mobile phones - live. For three days, Boaz and George correspond within the group, with texts, voice messages, videos, gifs and emojis. You can follow the plot of the show in your free time - during correspondence or in retrospect.
Nimrod Danishman is a theatre director, playwright, and teacher. During his studies at the Kibbutzim College School of Performing Arts, he co-wrote and directed the cabaret Lema’an Ha’emet (To be Honest) at Habima National Theatre (2017). After graduating with honors, he wrote and directed his first work, Borders, at Tzavta Theatre (2018). The show received two nominations for the Israeli Independent Theater Award (2019), and the play was produced in 2019 at the New York Theatre Festival by Dirty Laundry Theatre. He directed the short play Isha Le’Isha (Woman to Woman) by Roey Maliach Reshef at Playwrights Project (2018), co-directed the play Yoter Mize Anachnu Lo (We’re No More Than That) by Gal Chapsky at Tzavta (2019), and created the documentary show Kara Be’emet (For Real) at Tmu-na Theatre (2019). Nimrod is passionate about connecting people through theatre. He teaches theatre in high schools in Tel Aviv and Haifa, and runs theatre workshops around the country.
Playwright and director: Nimrod Danishman
Cast: Morad Hassan, Yoel Rozenkier
Translation to English: Adi Drori
Dramaturgy: Roey Maliach Reshef
Stage and costume design: Shiran Levy
Original music: Itay Laor
Singer: Adi Drori