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(photo credit: Gadi Dagon)
Six visiting and 11 local productions comprise the first International Hanoch
Levin Festival that will take place at the Cameri, Habima and Gesher Theaters
from June 17–26.
A Cameri initiative, the festival pays tribute to
Israel’s iconic playwright who died in 1999 after a long battle with cancer. As
well as productions, the Cameri will host discussions, staged play-readings of
as yet unperformed plays, an exhibition by photographer Gadi Dagon of Levin play
stills, and music composed for the productions.
The visiting Levin
productions include The Business of Living and Popper from Warsaw, The Whore
from Ohio from Paris, The Suitcase Packers from Moscow’s famed Mayakovsky
Theater, and the monumental Requiem, Levin’s last play, from Lubliana in
The good news is that the visiting productions will carry
The Israeli productions include those by drama
schools, such as the play that nearly caused riots in the 1970s, the satiric
Queen of the Bathtub done at the Jerusalem branch of Nissan Nativ. Other
productions include the Cameri’s anguished Requiem that premiered in 1999 with
the late great Zaharira Harifai in the leading role of an old peasant woman,
Yakitch and Pupche from Gesher, and in Yiddish Solomon Gripp from YiddiShpiel.