The play was commissioned to commemmorate the 20th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin's assasination. It takes place at one of the most volatile and meaningful crossroads of Rabin's Road to Peace. A year after he signed the first step of the Oslo Accords, an Israeli soldier is kidnapped and held at a territory which was handed over to the Palestinian Authorities.
Rabin's vision for peace is being tested, as he faces profound questions which threaten his leadership and personal beliefs.
In those critical moments, when a ticking clock determines the fate of the kidnapped soldier and a mother begs for her son's life, the great leader is struck by past memories and visions of the future.
A chorus of mothers of dead soldiers from the past and from the future, including his own mother who died when he was 16, confront him with his past and with what will become of his peace process after his death.
The history of one man and an entire country unfolds over three nerve-wracking days, in which Rabin makes a series of controversial decisions that resound within Israel to this very day.
Yediot Akhronot (4 stars):
"The play is definitely not conventional…most of all it is structured as an escalating polemic about the struggle between hope and fear. It is most certainly an important play, one that brings us back to every single question that was brought during that fateful time, and the need to deal with a trauma, left as an open wound". (Shay Bar Yaacov 4/11/15)
Globes (mark 9):
"The biggest achievement of this performance, written by Maya Arad and directed by Shay Pitowski, is that they treat peace-making in the tools normally used for war-making. They dive into Rabin's steel nerves…they are not trying to create a drama, because it is already there, bubbling under the surface. "(Ron Schwartz, 5/11/15)
"This play focuses on the silence, on the loneliness of a leader who must make difficult decisions which might seal his own fate, while stubbornly holding on to the belief that there is no other way.
It is touching a subject that few can remain indifferent to. Right or left wing, one cannot avoid getting carried away in the emotional turmoil that the bombs within the play detonate." (Merav Yudiolevich, 5/11/15)
NRG (4.5 stars): "Ten minutes from home" is a remarkable and touching play…it presents the portrait of a leader and a human being in a new light" (Ophir Hillel, 4/11/15)