PLAYWRIGHT Hanna Azoulay Hasfari | TRANSLATOR Shir Freibach
DIRECTOR Guy Ben-Aharon | FEATURING Adrianne Krstansky*, Celeste Oliva*
There’s no hardball like family hardball.
Four estranged sisters reunite when their mother goes missing. Differences of religious beliefs, professions and class clash. And the Day of Atonement approaches.
With a biting sense of humor, the Ohana family fills the room with warmth and love. Experience these four powerful women at their most vulnerable, struggling to reconnect, forgive and forget.
Adrianne Krstansky* (Evelyn) Off Broadway: 365days/365 plays at the Public Theater and Luck, Pluck and Virtue at the Atlantic Theater Company. Regional credits include Come Back Little Sheba (Huntington Theater – Eliot Norton Award) (Paradise Lost, Britannicus and Ubu Rock (American Repertory Theater), A Clockwork Orange, Twelfth Night. (Steppenwolf Theater). Boston area credits include Tribes, Body Awareness, Snakebit (Speakeasy Stage Company); Blackberry Winter, Imagining Madoff, On the Verge, Holiday Memories, Three Viewings, 2.5 Minute Ride, Frozen (New Repertory Theater), Gary and Legally Dead (Boston Playwrights Theater) November (Lyric Stage Company) and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Vineyard Playhouse). Film credits: Cynthia Bibber in Olive Kitteridge (HB0) and Carol in The Company Men. She is the Barbara ’54 and Malcolm Sherman Chair of Theater Arts at Brandeis University. Israeli Stage: reading of Make My Heart Flutter and At Night’s End.
Celeste Oliva* (Fanny) Recently she’s been seen at the Lyric Stage in “Stage Kiss” and Merrimack Repertory Theater’s world premiere of “Abigail 1702”, where she was also in last year’s Elliot Norton nominated “It’s a Wonderful Life A Live Radio Play”. Previous credits include the off Broadway production of Shear Madness, Nora Theatre: Arcadia, and Grounded (IRNE & Elliot Norton Nom), Lyric Stage: Stage Kiss, Becky’s New Car, Rich Girl, Ch’inglish (IRNE award, Best of Boston-best actress 2013 Elliot Norton nom); Boston Playwright’s: Reconsidering Hanna(h) and Boston’s Shear Madness, America’s longest continuous running play. On screen Celeste has recently been seen in “Bleed for This” along side Miles Teller. She has two upcoming films “November Criminals” and “Thoroughbred”, a web series “Crooks” and is part of the East of Hollywood Team, a group dedicated to putting more Asians on film in leading roles and doing away with the Asian stereotypes perpetuated by the media. Celeste is also a voice over artist. Israeli Stage: Debut.
Hanna Azoulay Hasafri (Playwright) is an actress, playwright, screenwriter, social activist & artist. For the past 25 years, Hanna has appeared as a leading actress on stage and on camera in TV & film, garnering two “Best Actress” awards by the Israeli Film Academy, a “Best Actress” award by the Jerusalem Festival, and a “Critics Award for Best Actress” at the Jerusalem Festival. Hanna wrote and acted in “Sh’chur,” a film that won the “Best Film Award” at the Israeli Film Academy, a “Special Notice Award” at the Berlin Film Festival, the First Prize Winner at the San Sebastian Festival and “Best Script” at the Troja Film Festival. As a playwright, Hanna has written the Betulot Shiduch, Slihot and Mimuna. Hanna is among the founders of “The Democratic Sephardic Rainbow Coalition,” a political activism movement focused on improving Sephardic rights. Israeli Stage: Playwright-in-Residence 2016 (Dina).
Guy Ben-Aharon (Director, Artistic Director) At Israeli Stage, Guy directed the North American Premiere Production of Ulysses on Bottles (April 2015), awarded Best of Boston by WBUR – Boston’s NPR station, as well as the critically acclaimed production of Oh God, that played to sold-out audiences both in Boston and in the Berkshires. With an understanding that theatre is a global art form, Guy has dedicated himself to working on plays in translation; he has directed, commissioned and edited over 40 translations into English since 2010. This body of work has resulted in tours up and down the East Coast from Atlanta to Toronto, in partnership with over thirty academic institutions. A proud Emerson College alum, Guy has been profiled in American Theatre Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, The Washington Post, Ha’aretz, WBUR, and numerous other press outlets.