New play - Dov and Ali - by Jewish writer Anna Ziegler opens at award-winning Theatre503
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Posted: June 12 2008


Theatre503 presents the world premiere of


by Anna Ziegler

Tuesday 10 June – Saturday 5 July 2008


Directed by Alex Sims / Designed by Morgan Large

Lighting Design by David Holmes

Dov and Ali, the latest new play from writer Anna Ziegler, receives its world premiere at Theatre503 on Thursday 12 June (previews from Tuesday 10 June). Telling the story of an Orthodox Jewish high school teacher and his heated friendship with a Muslim student, the play challenges the notion of Faith and presents some intriguing suggestions about religious identity.

It was developed in New York, with readings last year at Lark Play Development Center and Geva Theatre Center, and came to the attention of Theatre503 through the Old Vic New Voices programme. This fully staged production is designed by the award-winning Morgan Large with a stellar cast that includes Ben Turner, Orla Fitzgerald, James Floyd and Kiran Landa.

Life isn't about being happy. It's about being right.

Once upon a time, in the middle of a school, in the middle of Detroit, in the middle of the United States of America, there was a reticent teacher and a precocious student. Two men, from very different backgrounds, question, push and provoke each other as they and those around them struggle to live by the rules they have inherited.

Anna Ziegler’s plays include: BFF (DR2 Theatre), Novel (SPF), Photograph 51 (Active Cultures), Life Science (Bulldog Theatrical), Variations on a Theme (Chautauqua Theater Company), In The Same Room, The Minotaur, To Be Fair and Everything You Have. She has been published in Ten-Minute Plays for 2 Actors: The Best of 2004 and New American Short Plays 2005. Her plays BFF and Life Science will be published by Dramatists Play Service and BFF will be included in the anthology: New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2007.

Alex Sims makes his directorial debut with Dov and Ali at Theatre503. As an assistant director he worked on Blood Wedding (Almeida), Phaedras Love (Young Vic), Much Ado about Nothing and King John (RSC). As resident assistant director at the Donmar Warehouse, he assisted Michael Grandage on John Gabriel Borkman and Othello. Other credits as assistant director there include Betrayal, Parade, Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Absurdia. Following Dov and Ali, Alex will be going to the National Theatre to assist Marianne Elliot on the revival of Warhorse as well as two other productions.

Morgan Large design credits include; Fame (Shaftesbury), Footloose (West End and UK tour), Marlon Brando’s Corset (Yvonne Arnaud and UK Tour), Sweethearts (Finborough), 2006 and 2007 Olivier Award Ceremonies, A Bequest to the Nation, Yerma and 'Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Jermyn Street), and Six Women with Braindeath (Soho Theatre). Associate designer credits include; Parade, Othello, Grand Hotel and Don Juan in Soho (Donmar), Frost/Nixon (Donmar, West End, Broadway), King Lear/The Seagull (RSC World Tour), Evita (Adelphi), Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly, UK Tour), Don Carlos (Gielgud), Lovely Evening/In The Blue (Young Vic/Theatre503) and Brighton Rock (Almeida). He also designed the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

Ben Turner’s theatre credits include Awake and Sing (Almeida), Soldier's Fortune (Young Vic), Outlying Islands (Bath Theatre Royal), Measure For Measure/Habeus Corpus (UK tour), As You Like It (Wyndhams), Charley's Aunt (Northcott), The Arab Israeli Cook Book (Gate), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Sheffield Crucible), Caligula (Donmar), Cahoot's Macbeth (King's Head) and The Merchant of Venice (RSC). He’s also appeared on television in The Bill, Casualty, As If, Love Soup and Dr Who, and played Ash in the workshop of Far Pavilions.

Orla Fitzgerald returns to Theatre503 after starring in last year’s critically acclaimed and hugely successful Crestfall by Mark O’Rowe. Other theatre credits include; A Quite Life (Peacock, Abbey Theatre), The Playboy of the Western World (Royal Exchange Manchester) and Pumpgirl (Bush), for which she received a Best Actress nomination from The Stage in Edinburgh 2006. TV and film work includes The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Speeddating, Loves Elusives, The Baby Wars, Love is a Drug and In the Company of Strangers.



By Anna Ziegler

Directed by Alex Sims

Designed by Morgan Large

Lighting Design by David Holmes

Cast includes: Ben Turner, Orla Fitzgerald, James Floyd and Kiran Landa

10 June – 5 July: Tues-Sat @ 8.00pm, Sun @ 5.00pm

Tickets: £13 (£8 concs.) Tuesdays: Pay What You Can

Box Office: 020 7978 7040


The Latchmere Pub

503 Battersea Park Road

London SW11 3BW

Nearest Tube:

Sloane Square then bus 319

South Kensington then bus 49 or 345

Nearest Rail:

Clapham Junction (from Victoria or Waterloo)

then 10min walk / bus 49, 319, 344, 345



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