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Motti Lerner


Motti Lerner

Playwright and screenwriter, born in Israel in 1949. Teaches playwriting at the Kibbutz College in Tel Aviv. Most of his plays and films deal with political issues.
Among his plays are: “Kastner”, “Pangs of the Messiah”, “Paula”, and “Pollard”, all produced by the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv; “Exile in Jerusalem” and “Passing The Love of Women” at Habima National Theatre, “Autumn” at the Beit Lessin Theatre, Tel Aviv, and “Hard Love” at the Municipal Theatre in Haifa. His play “The Murder of Isaac” about the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was produced at the Heilbron Theatre in Germany (1999) and had its American premier in Centerstage Theatre in Baltimore (2006). His play In the Dark had it world premier in Chingari Theatre Group in Delhi (2011). He has written screenplays for the films: “Loves in Betania”, “The Kastner Trial”, “Bus Number 300”, “Egoz”, the 12 episodes of the TV drama series “The Institute”, “A Battle in Jerusalem”, and “The Silence of the Sirens”, Altalena, “Spring 1941” with Joseph Fiennes and Claire Higgins in the title roles. He is a recipient of the best play award (1985), and the Israeli Motion Picture Academy award for the best TV drama in 1995 and in 2004. In 1994 he won the Prime Minister’s of Israel Award for his creative work. His plays have been produced in the US, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, South Africa, Australia and India. His book ACCORDING TO CHEKHOV – on Chekhov’s writing method – was published in 2011.

His American productions include: “The murder of Isaac” at Centerstage Theatre, Baltimore, and also as part of the New York Now festival at the Public Theatre in NY), “Exile in Jerusalem” (Williamstown Festival – with Julie Harris in the title role, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Detroit, La Mama Theatre, NY, Theatre J Washington DC) “Hard Love” – Theatre Or, Durham NC, Victory Gardens, Chicago, JTS in Atlanta, Jewish Theatre of Arizona, Teatron Jewish Theatre in Toronto, “Passing The Love of Women”– Theatre J, Washington DC, Coming Home”– Golden Thread theatre, San Francisco, “Deceived” – Teatron Jewish Theatre in Toronto, “Pangs of the Messiah” – Theatre J in Washington DC, Silk Road Theatre Project in Chicago, Cleveland Playhouse in Cleveland and, Alliance Theatre Studio in Atlanta, and Untitled Theatre in New York. “Benedictus” in Golden Thread theatre in San Francisco, in LATC in Los Angeles, and in Theatre J in Washington DC. His play “Pangs of the Messiah” was nominated for the Helen Hayes award for the best play of 2008.

Teaching: Duke University, North Carolina 1997, Knox College, Illinois 2005, 2007 and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 2010.

MOTTI LERNER AND ISRAELI STAGE: Israeli Stage produced the American premiere of Motti Lerner’s At Night’s End and the New England premiere of Hard Love with Motti Lerner present.

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