Mr. Stachel was born and raised in Berkeley, Calif., to an Israel-born father of Yemeni Jewish heritage, and an Ashkenazi Jewish mother from New York.
He thanked the musical’s creators “for being courageous, for telling a small story about Arabs and Israelis getting along at a time where we need that more than ever.”
“I am part of a cast of actors who never believed that they would be able to portray their own races and we are doing that,” he went on. “And not only that, we are getting messages from kids all over the Middle East thanking us and telling us how transformative our representation is for them.”
“I want any kid who is watching to know that your biggest obstacle may turn into your purpose,” he said in closing.
Mr. Stachel, a graduate of the Tisch drama department at New York University, originated the role of Haled in “The Band’s Visit” at the Atlantic Theater Company, which made its way to Broadway after earning stellar reviews.