I was first introduced to A.B. Yehoshua when I was cast in Possessions as the spindly old aunt. Possessions, a play about siblings and their spouses returning to their mother’s home in a time of generational crises, is timeless and crossed all ethnic boundaries.
Once again, Yehoshua has written a timeless play, set against the backdrop of what some think is a pending national emergency. Though set in 1967, A Night in May is relevant today, for throughout time, nations face national emergencies, and the effort to lead normal or not so normal lives is global under such conditions.
In Possessions, my character was treated with love, reverence, concern, affection, humor and respect by all. I leave it to you, the audience, to determine if my character, the elderly senile mother, is treated the same, and whether the treatment is warranted. Regardless of what one makes of it, there is no doubt that the raw honesty of Yehoshua’s characters is both provocative and profound.
I invite you to come and see it for yourself. A Night in May will be going up on October 23, 2011 at the Goeth Institut Boston.
Susan K. Howards
Founding Member, Israeli Stage