PLAYWRIGHT Hanna Azoulay Hasfari | TRANSLATOR Shir Freibach
DIRECTOR Guy Ben-Aharon | FEATURING Adrianne Krstansky*, Ramona Lisa Alexander*, Josephine Moshiri Elwood,
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* 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.
Ramona Lisa Alexander* Regional credits include: Milk Like Sugar (Huntington Theatre); Barbecue, Saturday Sunday Night (Lyric Stage); Arabian Nights, Harriet Jacobs, Ti-Jean & His Brothers, Moon for the Misbegotten, (Central Square Theater); Seven Guitars (Artist Repertory Theatre, Portland Or.); The Brother/Sister Plays, King Hedley II (Portland Playhouse, Drammy Award); Intimate Apparel, (W.H.A.T); To Kill a Mockingbird, (Montana Rep, National Tour); A Christmas Carol (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Postcards From Earth, (Guthrie Theatre GEx11); 103 Within The Veil, (Company One, IRNE Award), In The Continuum, Joe Turner’s (Up You Mighty Race Theatre Co, IRNE Award); In the Blood, (Zeitgeist Stage Company). Film: Knock Around Kids (adekoje-filmwerks). She holds an MFA from Brandeis University. Israeli Stage: readings of Dina and Fertile.
Josephine Moshiri Elwood was most recently seen in Stoneham Theatre’s production of Gabriel. Other Boston credits include Hand to God, The Whale (Speakeasy), Othello, God’s Ear (Actor’s Shakespeare Project), Much Ado About Nothing, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sh!t-Faced Shakespeare). Josephine is a graduate of Emerson College, where she received a BFA in Acting. 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.
Ronald J. De Marco (Properties Master) is the Properties Director for the Performing Arts department at Emerson College. Originally from Chicago, he has been a production manager for Victory Gardens Theater (winner of a Regional Theatre Tony), master carpenter at Northwestern University, and resident stage manager for the Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. Ron has created props designs with more than a dozen Boston theatres, including Boston Lyric Opera, Speakeasy, The Nora, and Commonwealth Shakespeare. The last time he had a project in Deane Hall was in December of 2005 with his scenic design for Rough and Tumble’s production of Apocalypso. During his time at Emerson, Ron has established and grown an extensive prop lending library that now serves more than 300 student and professional projects annually. He is a member of the Society of Property Artisan Managers, an international organization of props professionals. Israeli Stage: Ulysses on Bottles and Oh God.
Tony Meola*** (Co-Sound Designer) over 50 Broadway shows in including WICKED, DROOD (Drama Desk Award) and THE LION KING (Drama Desk Award). Israeli Stage: Debut.
Scott Pinkney*** (Lighting Design) On Broadway, he designed Harvey Fierstein’s Tony Award-winning Torch Song Trilogy. Off-Broadway credits include Vincent, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Majestic Kid, Divine Fire, and The World is Made of Glass. He has designed more than 30 productions for Barrington Stage Company (where he was named an Associate Artist in 2014), including American Son, Enemy of the People, All My Sons, Best of Enemies, The Crucible, Whipping Man, Carousel, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Follies. Other regional designs include Don Juan for The Denver Center (Denver Critics Circle Award),Comedy of Errors for Commonwealth Shakespeare (Elliot Norton Award), Balkan Women for Bristol Riverside Theatre (Barrymore Nomination), and My Fair Lady for TheatreVirginia (Phoebe Award). Internationally, he has designed for Singapore Rep and The Club Mohamed-Ali in Cairo. Mr. Pinkney is a Professor of lighting design at Emerson College in Boston. Slpinkney.com. Israeli Stage: Ulysses on Bottles (IRNE Nomination) and Oh God.
Charles Schoonmaker*** (Costume Designer) is the recipient of four Daytime Emmy Awards for his work in television and the IRNE for best costume design for Venus in Fur at the Huntington Theatre. Additional Boston area theatre credits include God of Carnage and A Long and Winding Road (Huntington Theatre); Tarzan (North Shore Music Theatre); Far From Heaven, The Light in the Piazza, Violet (Speakeasy); Race and The Clean House (New Rep); Grey Gardens, The Legacy of Light, and 33 Variations (Lyric Stage). Credits in the Berkshires include the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, Chester Theatre Company, and seven season as the resident costume designer at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Television credits include “Another World,” “All My Children,” and “As the World Turns.” He teaches costume design at Bennington College. Charles-Schoonmaker.com. Israeli Stage: Ulysses on Bottles and Oh God.
Cristina Todesco*** (Scenic Designer) Recent designs include Faithful Cheaters (Trinity Rep), The Who and the What (Huntington Theater), Chill (Merrimack Rep), Hand to God (Speakeasy Stage), The Totalitarians (Gloucester Stage), Staviniski’s Soldiers Tale (BSO Tanglewood). Theater companies include Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Company One, ART Institute, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Lyric Stage Company, Boston Conservatory, Boston Playwrights, Olney Theater Center, Orfeo Group, Poet’s Theater, Stoneham Theater, Harbor Stage, Wheelock Family Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, Summer Play Festival, Opera Boston. She is the recipient of four Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Design: The Clean House (New Rep), Twelfth Night (ASP), The Aliens and The Flick (Company One) and one IRNE award: Appropriate(Speakeasy Stage). She earned a BFA in painting from BU’s School of Visual Arts, and an MFA in scenic design from BU’s School of Theatre Arts, where she currently teaches. Israeli Stage: Oh God.
Adele Nadine Traub* (Stage Manager) is a Founding Company Member with Actors’ Shakespeare Project where she has stage managed 23 shows over the past 13 season. Previous projects include: I Was Most Alive With You with Huntington Theatre Company; Journey to the West, Intimate Exchanges, and Paradise with Central Square Theater; appropriate, A Future Perfect, and the award-winning Tribes and Clybourne Park with Speakeasy Stage Co.; R. Buckminster Fuller at the A.R.T.; It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues with Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany; db and Small Mouth Sounds with Vineyard Arts Project; That Hopey Changey Thing with Stoneham Theater; Deported/a dream play, Two Wives in India, and The Salt Girl with Boston Playwrights’ Theater; Man of La Mancha and 1776 with Lyric Stage Company, and several years stage managing for BU’s Dance Theater Group. During her four years as Production Stage Manager at The Boston Conservatory, Adele worked on over 40 productions with the Musical Theater, Dance, Opera, and Orchestra Departments and she returned this season to work with the BFA stage management students. She received her B.A. from Brandeis University and is a professional quilter. (thequiltedchuppah.com) Israeli Stage: Oh God and Ulysses on Bottles.
Zach Williamson (Co-Sound Designer) Broadway work includes Lysistrata Jones, Pal Joey (associate designer), A Little Night Music and The Ritz (assistant designer). Off-Broadway credits: Irish Repertory Theater, 2nd Stage, American Records, among others. Regional credits: Cincinnati Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Kansas City Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, The Ordway, Denver Center, Walnut Street Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, The 5th Avenue Seattle, Clarence Brown, Long Wharf, St. Louis Rep, Syracuse Stage, Vermont Stage, St. Michael’s Playhouse, Virginia Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, Goodspeed and Asolo. He is currently the associate sound designer for the Broadway and national tour of Wicked and Event and Production Manager at Burlington City Arts. Israeli Stage: Debut.