Opening April 28, “Bitter Friends” at Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids

From Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids’ web site:

Bitter Friends
by Gordon Rayfield
Directed by Chris Mahlmann

A compact, gripping drama that confronts important U.S.-Israeli issues and examines the personal conflict of divided loyalties experienced by many modern American Jews. Inspired by the 1987 conviction of Jonathan Pollard, playwright Gordon Rayfield’s imaginary geopolitical intrigue centers around David Klein. Rayfield packs his straightforward story with a wealth of political debate showing both sides of the issue. Though a convicted traitor, David Klein is admirable and unflinchingly loyal to his cause. There are no heroes or villains here but plenty of battle lines – Klein’s idealism vs. his rabbi’s effort to compromise. The play is personal, warm, and peppered with wry jokes and interesting spiritual parallels.

Location and Production Dates:

April 28 – May 8, 2011
Spectrum Theatre
160 Fountain St. NE
Thursdays. & Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 3 p.m.

See the Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids website ( for more information on how to purchase tickets.

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