Puppets For the People: This is a three- hour workshop that teaches some of the methods of The H.E.AT. Collective focusing specifically on our puppet building techniques. First, we build the “brain” of the puppet; the heads are filled with secrets, wishes, dreams or meaningful objects. Then we cover the brain in newspaper and find the face of the puppet. We hold and mold the face with masking tape, and then the faces are decorated. Finally, the puppeteers write short plays for the puppets and perform small shows with their new creations. These puppets allow workshop participants to tell their stories freely with hands, body and voice. These workshops, done in Palestine, Israel, India, Lebanon, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Iraq, and across the U.S.
The Wall: This short play uses poetry, humor, puppetry and diverse characters to give voice to an impossible problem that can only be survived through increased humanity, paradoxical curiosity, and artful expression. Having crossed through the checkpoints many times, Litwak has a unique perspective on the Occupation and this human rights crisis. As an educator and theatre artist who has worked in Jenin, Hebron, Ramallah, Beit Jala and Nablus in the West Bank and also in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, she has deep relationships in Palestine and in Israel. As a Jewish woman who works in the Arab world, she grapples with the deeply felt paradoxes of heart and heritage, east and west, men and women, justice and peace. The Wall has been performed in New York at La MaMa, at The International Human Rights Arts Festival, and will be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer.