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Savyon Librecht's new play at Beit Lessin tells the story of the stormy yet enduring love affair between Martin Heidegger, one of the 20th century's most influential philosophers, and Hannah Arendt. It was Arendt who coined the phrase "the banality of evil," the title of her often-abused account of the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann. Librecht has called her play The Banality of Love.
Arendt was Heidegger's student when the affair started. After the Nazis came to power in 1933, Arendt fled - but Heidegger joined the party. After the war, incredibly, Arendt renewed the link between them that ended only with her death in 1975.
A prolific playwright, Librecht has twice won the Israel Theater Prize for, respectively, Am I Talking to You in Chinese? and Apples in the Desert. The Banality of Love opens January 30.