The American premiere of At Night’s End by Motti Lerner, translated from the Hebrew by Yoni Oppenheim, was held on February 11th at the Goethe Institut Boston, sponsored by the Israel Campus Roundtable, the Consulate General of Israel to New England, in association with the Performing Arts Department at Emerson College. The performance was followed by a 15-minute Q&A with Motti Lerner, Melia Bensussen, Guy Ben-Aharon and the cast of At Night’s End. (Photo credit: Q Lam).
DIRECTOR: Melia Benssusen, OBIE Award winner
AVNER (A LAWYER, 60): Dale Place
DALIA (A LAWYER, 55): Karen MacDonald, Elliot Norton Award and IRNE Award winner
ROEE (YOUNGEST SON, A SOLDIER, 20): Benjamin Kabialis
GADI (MIDDLE SON, INTERN AT PARENTS’ LAW OFFICE, 26): Patrick McDonald
DORON (OLDEST SON, LIVES IN NY, 28): Patrick Curran
SHELLY (ROEE’S GIRLFRIEND, FRESHMAN IN UNIVERSITY, 19): Kayla Foster
EINAT (GADI’S FINACEE, SECOND YEAR LAW STUDENT, 25): Abby Goldfarb
STAGE DIRECTIONS: Susan Howards
At Night’s End begins on the afternoon of Friday July 28, 2006 and ends before sunrise the following day – at the peak of the Second Lebanon War. The play explores how the war affects one Israeli family living in Haifa. Check out playwright Motti Lerner talking about At Night’s End.
ABOUT MOTTI LERNER
Motti Lerner studied mathematics and physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and theater in London and San Francisco. From 1979 to 1984, he was director and playwright at the Khan Theater in Jerusalem. Since then, he has been a freelance playwright and screenwriter for the major theaters and TV channels in Israel, as well as a lecturer in political playwriting at Tel Aviv University. He has also been writer-in-residence at the Center for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies in Oxford, Visiting Drama Professor at Duke University, USA, and frequently lectures at European and American universities on Israeli theater, especially in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Lerner has written many plays and many TV films and drama series. His plays have been produced in the USA, England, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Australia. He has received many awards including the Israeli Academy Award for Children`s Drama (1980), the Meskin Play of the Year Award (1985), the Prime Minister`s Prize (1994), the Israeli Motion Picture Academy Award for Best TV Drama (1995) and Best TV Feature Film (2004).
The Arts Fuse: “Israeli playwright Motti Lerner and Boston-based director Melia Bensussen had initially planned their workshop of Lerner’s new play,At Night’s End to be presented at Emerson College. However thanks to Israeli Stage, the Boston-based troupe dedicated to presenting readings of Israeli plays in translation, the workshop had its American premiere as a public reading at the Goethe Institute…” Read more on: The Arts Fuse
Emerson Stage Website: “One amazing thing about the arts is the power it holds to connect individuals, no matter who they are and where they are. It can bring together those of the same culture and tell a whole nation’s story to the rest of the world. This is what Guy Ben-Aharon had in mind when he founded Israeli Stage a theater company that has been, for him, a way to bring a little bit of his home, Israel, to the United States…” Read more on: Emerson Stage Website
BroadwayWorld.com: “Israeli Stage will host award-winning playwright Motti Lerner for a workshop of his latest play, At Night’s End, today at the Goethe Institut, 170 Beacon Street, Boston. Read more on: BroadwayWorld.com