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Wanderers: And Other Israeli Plays (In Performance)by Sharon Aronson-lehavi
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An anthology of seven contemporary Israeli plays, written by established and emerging Israeli playwrights and theatre creators. The collection offers a look into the variety of Israeli drama, theatre, and performance, reflecting central questions of identity in Israeli society. The anthology will include a substantive introduction discussing the theatrical contexts of the plays and some of the major issues that Israeli society deals with nowadays, an overview of the dramatic and theatrical work of the playwrights and an analysis of the plays. Joshua Sobol's Wanderers is a reconstruction of the life story of an Israeli double agent who goes through an identity crisis; Hanoch Levin's Walking in the Dark is an existentialist play about the Walking Man who takes a late-night walk in the city, unable to decide whether to visit his sick mother or not. The city and the night turn into the endless space of the mind; Yossefa Even-Shoshan's The Maiden of Ludmir examines the place of women within orthodox texts and social structures; Taher Najib's In Spitting Distance tells the story of an actor who lives in the West Bank but holds an Israeli passport and tries to fly from Paris to Tel Aviv one year after 9/11; Tamir Greenberg's Hebron depicts the mythic scale of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Ruth Kanner's Disgust is a documentary performance and search into the personal and social concept of 'disgust' and is based on interviews with passersby; and Tamar Raban and Guy Gutman's Old Wives' Tales is a performance piece that takes place in a real yet fictional patisserie.
This book is an anthology of four contemporary Israeli plays, written by leading Israeli playwrights and theatre creators. The collection offers a look into the variety of Israeli drama, theatre and performance, reflecting central questions of identity in Israeli society. The anthology includes a substantive introduction discussing the political contexts of the plays and some of the major conflicts and issues that Israeli society deals with in the present day, an overview of the dramatic and theatrical work of the playwrights and an analysis of the plays. Joshua Sobol's iWitness is about the moral/anarchistic act of refusing to serve in the army; Tamir Grinberg's Hebron depicts the mythic and tragic scale of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Yossefa Even-Shoshan's The Ludmir Maid examines the place of women within orthodox texts and social structures; and Ruth Kanner's Disgust is a performative search into the personal and social concept of "disgusting." Joshua Sobol is one of Israel's world-acclaimed and senior playwrights, Tamir Greenberg is a well-known poet; Ruth Kanner is one of Israel's leading experimental stage directors and Yossefa Even-Shoshan is one of the most unique and innovative feminist voices in Israeli drama today.
About the Author
Sharon Aronson-Lehavi is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Comparative Literature at Bar Ilan University. Her book Street Scenes: Late Medieval Acting and Performance is forthcoming at Palgrave-Macmillan. She holds a PhD in Theatre Studies from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where she studied on a Fulbright grant, and she is the winner of the Dan David Award for post-doctoral studies at Tel Aviv University.
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