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Playwright/director Yoel Zilberg, 86, died in his sleep on Monday morning.
Zilberg remained productive to his last days, having submitted plays or
adaptations to the various theaters over the last year as well as directing a
couple of shows for commercial theater.
He was the second generation of
his family to go into theater; his father was Zion Zilberg, who’d been an actor
with the Ohel. During the 1948 War of Independence he was a member of the
Chizbatron entertainment troupe, then went off to study directing at London’s
Over the years he directed, wrote or adapted more than 50 shows,
most notably Igal Mossensohn’s Casablan
, currently enjoying a hit revival at the
Cameri Theater. His productions include I Like Mike
, Children of a Lesser God
well as movies and TV programs such as Ramat Aviv Gimmel
. He also directed in
Hollywood, with Lambada
among his movies.
He leaves his
wife, Miriam, three children, seven grand- and two
His funeral took place on Tuesday.