Playwright Netanyahu Speaks Out About His Brother's Controversial Address to Congress | Playbill

News Playwright Netanyahu Speaks Out About His Brother's Controversial Address to Congress Playwright Iddo Netanyahu, whose play A Happy End is currently running Off-Broadway, spoke out in support of his brother, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial address to congress on March 3. It was widely reported that Susan Rice, the President's national security advisor, called the prime minister's visit and speech "destructive" to U.S.-Israel relations.

Writer Netanyahu told that in regard to the biggest threat facing Israel currently, "all Israelis certainly consider Iran as the current and most extreme existential threat, there’s no question about it.”

Iddo Netanyahu

Set in 1932, Netanyahu's play A Happy End tells the story of a Jewish family faced with the decision of whether to leave their beloved Berlin toward an unknown future. Despite the rising danger, they struggle to believe that Hitler will change Germany's traditions of democracy, art and science.

According to press notes, the playwright has said that the play "is not exclusively a World War II or Holocaust story. It is about how we perceive events around us, how we truly judge them and what role self-delusion might play in our most important decisions. The play is set in the shadow of the Holocaust so I could be sure the audience knows what choice the family should be making. I imagine that all playwrights, when they write about the past, are really writing about today."

Directed by Alex Dmitriev, A Happy End will run Feb. 27-March 29 in Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex's June Havoc Theatre. Tickets are now available by calling (866) 811-4111 or by visiting The June Havoc Theatre is located at 312 W. 36th St.

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