Cameri leads ITP nominations; Gesher, Habima boycott
Israel Theater Prize ceremony set to feature nominees from many of the country's leading theaters, in May.
HABIMA ACTRESS Dvora Kedar Photo: Gerard Alon
Twenty-two plays from seven of our nine repertory theaters are competing in 18
categories for the Israel Theater Prize 2013 (ITP). The ceremony will take place
at Tel Aviv’s Beit Lessin Theater on May 10.
As usual, the Cameri Theater
leads the nomination pack with 35 nominations, followed by Beersheba with 15 and
Haifa with 14. Two Cameri productions got the highest number of nominations: the
Israeli musical Casablan has nine, including for best musical, director (Tzedi
Tsarfati) and actor (Amos Tamam), and Edna Mazya’s little gem Stempenyu has
eight, including for best playwright.
The production of the year will be
chosen from among the 17 listed and will be announced at the
ceremony. Additionally, Habima actress Dvora Kedar, nearly 90 and still
on stage, will get the ITP Life Achievement Award while Uri Ofer, a former
general manager of the Cameri and the founding general director of the Israel
Opera and the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, will receive the ITP Special
The best original play category unfairly includes two
revivals. These are The Labor of Living and Difficult People by Hanoch
Levine and Yosef Bar-Yosef respectively. Sara von Schwartze’s Between Two
Worlds, A.B. Yehoshua’s masterly Will the Two Walk Together and Dafna Engel’s
deft World Cup Wishes complete the list. Unsurprisingly, the latter three are
also on the best playwright list.
The excellent and multi-talented Itay
Tiran is up for best actor in the title role of Richard III, and if he gets it,
many will also say he deserves it for Richard II, as does Arthur Kogan,
nominated best director only for Richard III. Rami Baruch is nominated best
actor for two productions, playing David Ben-Gurion in 2 Together and Arnolphe
in School for Wives, the latter of which is also up for best
Shiri Golan gets a deserved nod as best actress for her icy
Clytemnestra in Beersheba’s Iphigenia. Other nominees for the category include
Liora Rivlin for Leviva in Labor of Living and Rama Messinger as the deluded
Florence Foster Jenkins in Beersheba’s Souvenir, also up for best
For the second year in a row, the Habima National Theater has
opted out of ITP, and this year is joined by the Gesher Theater.
says that because of its stated dissatisfaction with ITP regulations, and
therefore its perception that Gesher productions are not accorded their due, the
theater will not participate this year.
“More than once, we have
submitted ideas for change to and improvement of [the regulations], but they
were disregarded,” said Gesher in a statement.