Dov and Ali (Paperback)

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Full Length Play

2 men, 2 women

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 confused teacher and a precocious student. When Dov, an orthodox Jew, and Ali, a strict Muslim, get caught in a cultural crossfire, both are confronted with the same choice: Will they stand by their beliefs or face the devastating consequences?

About the Author

Anna Ziegler’s play PHOTOGRAPH 51, produced on the West End starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Michael Grandage, won London’s 2016 WhatsOnStage award for Best New Play. It has been produced around the world, most recently in Hamburg, Rome, and Stockholm. Her new play ACTUALLY, was produced in 2017 at The Geffen Playhouse (where it was nominated for six Ovation Awards, including Best Production and Best Play), The Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Manhattan Theatre Club. THE LAST MATCH, which played the Roundabout Theatre in 2017, premiered at The Old Globe Theatre and was nominated for the 2016 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Outstanding New Play award. BOY, which premiered off-Broadway in a Keen Company/Ensemble Studio Theatre co-production, was nominated for the 2016 Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award, and will be produced at TimeLine Theatre in Chicago in 2018. THE WANDERERS, commissioned by The Old Globe Theatre, will premiere there in 2018. A DELICATE SHIP was produced at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and The Playwrights Realm and was a New York Times and Time Out Critic’s Pick. Anna holds commissions from Second Stage Theatre, The Roundabout, The Geffen Playhouse and Seattle Rep. She is developing a television series for HBO based on her play ACTUALLY, another for AMC/Sundance, and is at work on a screenplay for Scott Free Productions. More information can be found at her website:

Praise For…

“…a flawless play…In a time of ceaseless snark and cynicism, its earnestness in asking bigger questions can be downright refreshing.” —The New York Times.

“In an American tradition of plays such as Oleanna…Anna Ziegler’s four-hander is an intense, intelligent and hugely promising play that plays out clashes of belief systems in the classroom.” —The Guardian (UK).

“DOV AND ALI is a powerhouse play that drives its way through an hour and a half of twists and turns about race, individuality, human relations and role models…There is a resounding truth that pours out of it in all directions…and yet [it] doesn’t preach. There are no answers offered, there are no morals proffered, but when theatre is this good, it reminds you how essential it is.” —

“DOV AND ALI is an acutely observed exploration of the hypocrisies that…engulf us today…Ziegler’s script packs a powerful punch…An incredibly moving play that challenges notions of freedom, expectations and ultimately forgiveness.” —The British Theatre Guide.

“[A] gripping new play about a placatory Jewish teacher and a viciously intense Muslim pupil in a Detroit school, both of whom have similarly divided cultural loyalties. It’s beautifully wrought.” —The Telegraph (UK).
Product Details
ISBN: 9780822234555
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Publication Date: March 7th, 2016
Pages: 56