Hanoch Levin festival at Cameri

Local productions comprise the first International Hanoch Levin Festival that will take place at the Cameri.

By HELEN KAYE
April 7, 2013 21:31
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Hanoch Levin

Hanoch levin 370. (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.

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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 Slovenia.

The good news is that the visiting productions will carry English surtitles.

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.


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