(photo credit: Nathan Brusovany)
Award-winning actress Gita Munte is directing an adapted version of New World Order at the Jerusalem Khan, marking her debut as a professional director. The play opens on March 20.
Taken from three short plays by the late Harold Pinter (1930-2008), New World Order
is set in a vulgarly ostentatious nightclub where the Beautiful People
dance and drink, shutting out the war raging outside. They respond
violently to anything that will threaten their “new world order” (one
of urbane viciousness), whether it comes from within or is dragged in
from the outside.
The three plays, One for the Road
and the title play present aspects of Pinter’s increasing concern about
the legal abuse of power. A playwright who from the very beginning
addressed social and personal conflict in his work, Pinter became more
overtly political in his last years. Celebration
(2000) was his last stage play.
Munte immigrated to Israel in 1970 from her native Romania, where she
was already a noted actress. She won her first Israel Theater Prize for
Best Actress – the title role in Anna Galactia
– in 1996. Most recently she won the ITP for Best Supporting Actress as KachaKacha in Make My Heart Flutter