A Night in May by A.B. Yehoshua was held on October 23rd, 2011 at the Goethe Institut, sponsored by the Israel Campus Roundtable and the Consulate General of Israel to New England. Full house. Introductions were made by Attorney and Boston Ballet, JCRC, and Greater Boston Hadassah Attorney’s Council Board Member Susana Lannik and Dr. Irit Aharony of Harvard University. (Photo credit: Edgar Rosa and Russell Bartlett).
DIRECTOR: Guy Ben-Aharon
STAGE MANAGER: Anna Trachtman
TIRZA LEVIN, 37: Brynna Bloomfield
AVINOAM SARID (AVI), 39, HER BROTHER: Bret Silverman
AMIKAM GILEAD, 40, TIRZA’S FORMER HUSBAND: Joe Antoun
DR. ASSAF LEVIN (ASSI), 31, TIRZA’S PRESENT HUSBAND: Casey Regan
NOA, 18: Christina Kuchan
RACHEL SARID, TIRZA AND AVINOAM’S MOTHER, 60: Susan Howards
NAOMI, 45, THE PROPRIETRESS OF A TEL-AVIV ART GALLERY: Sheila Stasack
The play describes the atmosphere in Israel during the period leading up to the Six-Day War as seen through the eyes of one Israeli family. The action takes place on the night of 22 May 1967, when Egypt announced the closure of the Straits of Tiran and thus fired the first shot of the war. The family, caught up in their own personal problems, are brought face to face with the echoes of the looming war through their experience during this historic night.
ABOUT A.B. YEHOSHUA
Leading author A.B.Yehoshua was born in Jerusalem in 1936, the fifth generation of a Sephardi Jerusalemite family. After studying Hebrew literature and Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he started a teaching career. From 1963 to 1967, he lived and taught in Paris; he is now Professor of literature at Haifa University. Yehoshua has published numerous novels, short stories, plays and essays and is one of the best internationally known Israeli authors. In 2007, his novel Five Seasons was named one of the ten most important books since the creation of the State of Israel. Yehoshua`s work has been published abroad in 28 languages.
The Arts Fuse: “There are not nearly enough international theater productions in the Boston area (or in America for that matter); the creation of the Israeli Stage may be a harbinger of interesting things to come. Slowly but surely the realization is dawning on influential funding organizations that support should not automatically be funneled into the maws of large, non-profit institutions that cater to traditional (and shrinking) audiences or to Broadway-bound product, but to community-based, cultural projects that specialize in art that reflects the experiences of a diverse, American population…” Read more on ArtsFuse.org
JewishBoston.com: “For some, Israel evokes images of political upheaval and military strife. For others, it the distant land in your third grade Hebrew School textbook, or the place that’s dripping with hummus and tahini, or a state overrun by secular Judaism. For Guy Ben-Aharon, the founder and producing artistic director for Boston’s Israeli Stage, Israel is a living laboratory for arts, culture, and storytelling…” Read more on JewishBoston.com