Via Dolorosa

by  David Hare

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m

"Must our lives in the West necessarily be shallower than those of people for whom the stakes are so much higher?"

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Via Dolorosa

by  David Hare

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    90 minutes
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    From Broadway
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    Target Audience

    • Adult

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"Must our lives in the West necessarily be shallower than those of people for whom the stakes are so much higher?" 

British playwright David Hare traveled to Israel and Palestine to confront the disperate ideals of those of the "holy land" Upon his return, Hare penned his conversations with politicians, artists, settlers, and historians about the region and then set them against his own ideals and beliefs similar to those of Western civilization. A tour de force for one man playing several roles in what The new York Times called "no ordinary one-man show."

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"Hare’s unique talents and seeming remoteness from the issues at hand are precisely what make this journey of the heart and mind so theatrically invigorating." - Variety, Read More 

"Via Dolorosa has such an astonishing abundance of stories, characters and ideas that, when you leave the theater, you feel as if you had lived through some kind of crazy, continuing epic." - The New York Times, Read More 


  • David Hare on Via Dolorosa
  • David Bryan Jackson on New Rep's Via Dolorosa
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Performing Groups

  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Several locations in Palestine and Israel
  • Additional Features: No intermission


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Cast Attributes

  • All Male
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)



David Hare

David Hare has been called "one of the great post-war British playwrights". Along with co-founding Portable Theatre Company and Joint Stock Theatre Group, he served as Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre in London and Resident Dramatist at the Nottingham Playhouse. His first play, Slag, was performed at the H ...

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Via Dolorosa premiered in London at The Royal Court Theatre in September 1998 under the direction of Stephen Daldry.

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