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House of Many Tongues

House of Many Tongues

By Jonathan Garfinkel
Subjects: Comedy, Jewish Theatre, Ontario Playwrights, Political Theatre, Theatre of War
Casting: 5 f, 5 m
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780887549601, 112 pages, August 2011
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780887549625, 101 pages, May 2011
Ebook (PDF) : 9780887549618, 101 pages, May 2011


  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award for Drama 2011


During the Six Day War, an Israeli general found an abandoned house and made it his home. Forty years later, the general, along with his imaginative and distant son Alex, live in peaceful solitude. When a Palestinian writer shows up with is daughter and lays claim to the house he left decades ago, an internal house war ensues. The bathroom is seized, a fig tree is destroyed, and the basement becomes a shrine in the resulting chaos. Relenting, both men strike a deal to share the house. Somehow these two families are going to have to live together—if they don't kill each other first.


"Playwright Jonathan Garfinkel attacks the Israeli- Palestinian question through laughs and magic realism. " —Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine