Inaugural Sabra Award Benefit

Sabra award

On November 2nd, 2014, Israeli Stage held its Inaugural Sabra Award Benefit, honoring Ted Cutler and President Lee Pelton of Emerson College for their Excellence in Cultural Bridging and the Arts. Thank you to all who came out to support and celebrate Israeli Stage, our distinguished honorees and our 5th Anniversary Season!

The Boston Globe: “Israeli Stage producing artistic director Guy Ben-Aharon with award recipients Ted Cutler and Lee Pelton…” read more at BostonGlobe.com

BostonMagazine: “A private performance will follow in conjunction with Israeli Stage’s inaugural Sabra Award Benefit, which will honor Boston philanthropist Ted Cutler and Emerson College president Lee Pelton…” read more at BostonMagazine.com

BroadwayWorld: Israeli Stage is off and running for its fifth season of staged readings to share the diversity and vitality of Israeli culture through theatre, and commemorated its fourth anniversary on Sunday, November 2nd, hosting the Inaugural Sabra Award Benefit, honoring Ted Cutler and President Lee Pelton of Emerson College for their Excellence in Cultural Bridging and the Arts…” read more at BroadwayWorld.com

The Berkeley Beacon: “’Israeli Stage is driven by a vision of excellence that I admire deeply,’ Pelton wrote. ‘Emerson College cherishes its close ties to Israeli Stage, which has developed a very strong presence in Boston…'” read more at BerkeleyBeacon.com

 

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Never Ever Ever | Touring Boston

Israeli Stage’s Never Ever Ever | Touring Boston November 5th through December 1st

In November/December 2014, Israeli Stage will be touring Sivan Ben Yishai’s touching play Never Ever Ever in the Greater Boston Area. In this moving one-man play, Yoni provides the audience an experience of what it’s like to be an outsider, feel different, be differently-abled, and yet at the same time whole. 

Never Ever Ever is the winner of four Assitej Awards in 2013 and is based on a book by Tzipi Gon Gross.

November 5th at 7PM | Boston University Hillel

November 10th at 7:30PM | NewBridge on the Charles

November 17th at 7:30PM | Tufts Hillel

November 20th at 12PM | Emerson College

November 24th at 7PM | Northeastern University 

December 1st at 7PM | Brandeis University 

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Oh, God – audience feedback

Audience reactions to Oh, God: 

Victoria Seydel Belmont of Riverside, RI: I heard about the Israel Stage production of Oh God when actress Maureen Keiller & Producing Artistic director Guy Ben-Aharon appeared on WGBH Open Studio with Jared Bowen. The performance Oh God was not only intimate and engaging but also surprisingly believable…no small feat when God shows up for a therapy session.  Maureen Keiller and Will Lyman portray their roles with realistic passion and humor while putting forth thought provoking subject matter… a new perspective of God.  If man was created in the image of God,  perhaps God is more human than we had previously considered.  The opportunity for audience talk-back allowed for further food for thought.  I will be keeping  Israeli Stage on my radar.  Kudos to actors, director, and playwright.

Stephanie Clayman of Arlington, MA: What a spectacular play. Nothing pleases me more than when an artist – writer, director, designer, actor – surprises me and takes things in a direction I never would have thought of. I adore this funny, thoughtful, moving play and am so happy to have seen it. Congratulations.

Bruce Lynn of Lexington MA: Ruth and I made it to last night’s performance of Oh, God at BU.  It was a terrific performance on the part of both actors.   Will Lyman was incredible.  The role of Ella fit Maureen’s talents very well, too.  The comment about seeing a full stage production  vs. what we saw last night — I couldn’t imagine the effect being any more powerful by adding a desk or a sofa, a door and a window, or a “Leor,” for that matter. Like so many American Jews, I was totally unfamiliar with Anat Gov before last night.  Now, I’m thinking, maybe she is something like the “Israeli Wendy Wasserstein,” very funny, very poignant, and dead at much too young an age.

Bob Murphy of Dartmouth, NH: We did not know what to expect when we walked into “Oh God” at Dartmouth College.  What we got was thoroughly entertaining; it was a humorous, thought-provoking, completely professional presentation.  The spare informal atmosphere only added to the authenticity and emphasized the meaning of the dialogue.  Will Lyman and Maureen Keiller were convincing as God and Ella – Will’s voice, in particular, is what we all imagine God to actually sound like.  It was a wonderful evening!

Moran Nir of Tel-Aviv, Israel: A fantastic production. Whatever you expect or think of beforehand, get ready to be surprised! A smart, funny and touching play with powerful delivery by an incredible cast topped off with wonderful direction.

Dena Ressler of Arlington, MA: Oh, God was incredible: at times I felt like I was at a Tanakh or Talumd shiur, other times as if peeking into the office of a talented therapist.  I laughed nonstop until Job, where I cried nonstop. I think what really made this play come alive was the acting and of course, behind the scenes, the direction.  I think it was some of the best acting I have ever seen.  The theme and how it was delivered was so immediate and relevant.  Because of Lyman and Keiller. My goodness, good delivery gives such new and powerful meaning to words. What a special evening.  Thank you to the three of you!

Anna Stathopoulos of Boston University: Oh God is a brilliant take on our personal relationship with God. This witty and heart-warming play, unlike any other, captivates the audience with its unique approach to God’s story. You’ll be left enlightened and hoping God comes in for just one more session with Ella.
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OH GOD | Back by Popular Demand!

Back By Popular Demand | Israeli Stage’s OH GOD | Launching First National Tour!

In October 2014, Israeli Stage will be bringing back its most popular play, Anat Gov’s hilarious and poignant Oh God to the Greater Boston area, the DC area and Manhattan. In this witty, poignant and touching play, a psychotherapist named Ella (Maureen Keiller*), single mother of an autistic child, gets a visit from a new, desperate patient, God (Will Lyman*).

WGBH | Open Studio with Jared Bowen: Producing Artistic Director Guy Ben-Aharon (“What the show offers is that God is the little gifts that we give one another and I think that’s a beautiful message“) and Actress Maureen Keiller (“The audiences are so smart! It’s so amazing how engaged they are; it’s really great“) went on air to talk about Oh God, Anat Gov and what Israeli Stage means to them. Segment begins at 5m45 at WGBH.org

WBUR: “The play revolves around Ella, a psychologist and single mother, who receives God as a new, floundering patient intent on having just one session. The concept sounds either existential or twee at first. But Ben-Aharon helped the two seasoned actors mold to tweak the English translation to suit, which in turn helped the piece as performed by Lyman and Keiller feel intimate. The pairing proved so successful and the show so resonant that it went on tour to more than a dozen locations…” read more at artery.wbur.org

The Washington Post: “It isn’t every day that an American stage director has the notion of producing an Israeli play and taking it on the road. But Guy Ben-Aharon isn’t every American stage director. Tired of hearing laments about the myriad ways that plays aren’t reaching the public, Ben-Aharon decided he would breach convention and fashion his own unorthodox circuit…” read more at WashingtonPost.com

Israel National News: “Guy Ben-Aharon, director and producer for Israeli Stage, is bringing one of their plays on East Coast tour to universities and synagogues. Audiences are invited to stay and talk after the play, and for Ben-Aharon, the play’s drawing power for the young is what interests him most…” read more at IsraelNationalNews.com

EdgeBoston Feature: “Do theatre goers know that throughout the year they can listen to professional staged readings of the world’s most vibrant, contemporary international drama?…” read more at EdgeBoston.com

EdgeBoston Review:  “Lyman imbues every inch of God with vulnerability and humanity, giving us a much more complicated view of The Deity and expressing the humanist sentiment that the best parts of our personalities are brought out not through our talents but through our flaws…” read more at EdgeBoston.com

Oct 14th at 7PM | Lesley University

Oct 20th at 8PM | Babson College

Oct 21st at 7PM | Temple Emanuel Newton

Oct 22nd at 7PM | University of Maryland

Oct 23rd at 7PM | New York University

October 24th at 7PM | Dartmouth College

Oct 25th at 8PM | Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University

October 26th at 7PM | Temple Beth-Elohim in Wellesley

October 27th at 7PM | Temple Beth-Zion of Brookline

December 10th at 10AM | Orlando, Florida 

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Boston’s treasure!

A letter from our friend and loyal audience member, Uriel Meshoulam:

I recently saw Never Ever Ever – a remarkable play [by Sivan Ben Yishai] that moves and inspires, and admirably performed by Jordan Ahnquist who plays several characters in almost a magical manner. 

Israeli Stage never disappoints! My wife and I are trying to make sure that we stay in town just so we don’t miss any of Israeli Stage’s performances. In the past few years we have enjoyed many excellent plays and performances. If you like your theater pure, the Israeli Stage is uniquely satisfying. Not only in that they perform plays written by contemporary Israeli playwrights, but mostly in the way they perform them – actors stand on stage with no sets, minimum props, and text in hand. The end result is never less than excellent drama that firmly stands on the text of the play.

Recent highlights for us were Hard Love by Motti Lerner and Hanoch Levin’s The Whore from Ohio. Levin is an incredible playwright and I so look forward to seeing Make My Heart Flutter, (which I happened to see in Israel). 

I would like to applaud Guy Ben-Aharon. The Israeli Stage is an incredible project, primarily because of its refreshing approach to presenting drama to its audience. We should all feel gratitude and admiration for this work. I am amazed by Guy’s ability to build up such a superb enterprise from scratch, and thanks to his Board and Staff for keeping it so successful for several years now.

Boston’s treasure.

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