David Hare is a playwright and screenwriter. Among his plays are Via Dolorosa, Stuff Happens, The Vertical Hour, and Gethsemane. “Wall” is a slightly shortened version of a monologue first performed by the author on March 12, 2009, at the Royal Court Theatre in London. (April 2009)

Wall: A Monologue

The Israeli side of the separation wall, shielding the Trans-Israel Highway from the West Bank town of Qalqilya, July 2002
All right. Let’s be serious, let’s think about this. Please, please: consider the state of affairs, consider the desperation, consider the depth of the despair. A country has reached a point at which 84 percent of its people are in favor of building a wall along its borders. Have …