Beit Lessin presents platform for playwrights

Experimental and emotive theater come together at the annual Setting the Stage Festival.

Slavas Snowshoe 311 (photo credit: Veronique Vial)
Slavas Snowshoe 311
(photo credit: Veronique Vial)
Among the ways the Beit Lessin Theater vigorously champions local playwriting is its annual Setting the Stage festival that has become a springboard for young playwrights. This year’s – the 12th – takes place over two weekends, September 15-17 and 22-24 at ZOA House in Tel Aviv.
For the first time this year, there are plays for children; there are also three productions that are Beit Lessin/Heidelberg (BLH) co-productions under the auspices of the Family Connections Project between the two institutions. The project will create six productions whose subject matter deals with memory, politics and co-existence.
Overall there are four full productions and nine staged readings. The productions include Silence Out Loud by Andrea Boav in which a respected judge standing for election is accused of a hit and run for which his son is actually to blame, and The Peace Syndrome (BLH) written and directed by Torge Keubler is documentary theater built around the activities of German peace volunteers that work in Israel and the PA.
The staged readings range from a comedy of errors called Kushan by Nissim Zohar, to Shlomzion, an allegorical biblical drama by Gadi Zedaka, to A Missing Beat by Liora Carmeli, a belated love-story of a kind.
The children’s shows, all musicals, all staged readings, include Bell Child by Nava Semel based on a Chinese folk tale about magical bells, and The Monster from the Olive Grove by Noa Shizaf on the friendship between a monster and a little girl.
The event is a competition and the winning playwrights and actors will receive support scholarships.