A woman of Israel

Women-in-Theater presents an English musical on life of pioneer Raquela Prywes

By HELEN KAYE
December 16, 2015 20:43
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THE CAST of Women-in-Theater’s production of ‘Raquela: The Birth of Israel’. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Raquela: The Birth of Israel from the Modi’in based Women- in-Theater (WIT) is an English-language musical by women and for women-only audiences about a ninth generation Jerusalemite whose life spans our state.

Raquela Levy Prywes (1924-85) trained as a nurse and then as a midwife. She delivered the babies of Holocaust survivors and illegal immigrants in the camps at Atlit and Cyprus. The musical by Tamar Krantman-Weiss (music) and director Pnina Fredman-Schechter (book) tells her story and those of the immigrants. Theirs is the struggle to remake their lives. Hers is the desire to make a difference and to help.

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“The story of Raquela is a reminder of the sacrifices people made in order to live [here] and create ourstate,” says producer Krantman- Weiss.

The designer is Ninoska Ravid.

The 50-member cast comes from all walks of life and from all over the country.

Performances are December 23 and 24 at Modi’in’s Heichal Hatarbut.

For more info visit www.womenintheater.com


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