Israeli Stage presented the World Premiere of Savyon Liebrecht’s Freud’s Women at Boston University, followed by a Q&A session with the playwright as part of the Savyon Liebrecht: In Residence at Israeli Stage program, 2013-2014 Season. Photo credit: Alena Kuzub.
DIRECTOR: Melia Bensussen, OBIE Award Winner
FEATURING: Elliot Norton Award and IRNE Award Winners Karen MacDonald* and Paula Langton*, Ken Baltin*, Miranda Craigwell, Liz Hayes*, Obehi Janice and Erica Spyres*
SAVYON LIEBRECHT was born in Munich, Germany, in 1948, to Holocaust survivor parents. She studied philosophy and literature at Tel Aviv University and started publishing in 1986. Liebrecht has published six collections of short stories and novellas and two novels. She has also written multiple plays, all of which have been staged, and a number of TV scripts. She has received awards for two of her TV scripts, the Alterman Prize (1987), the Amelia Rosselli Prize for Mail Order Women (Italy, 2002), the Maior-Amalfi Award for A Good Place for the Night (Italy, 2005) as well as Playwright of the Year for her plays It’s All Greek to Me, Apples in the Desert, Rohale’s Getting Married and The Banality of Love.
Produced in partnership with: Boston University (Jewish Cultural Endowment, Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, Arts Initiative, Hebrew Program, Modern Languages Department, Boston Playwright’s Theatre).
Boston Globe: “Ben-Aharon’s latest and most ambitious effort is bringing Israeli writer Savyon Liebrecht to town for a two-week residency that includes public lectures at Boston University and Emerson College and readings of two of her new plays by some of Boston’s best actors…” read more at BostonGlobe.com
Brookline Tab Q&A with Melia Bensussen: “Q: How did you get involved with Israeli Stage A: Guy was my student at Emerson, and the idea for Israeli Stage was actually hatched in my office! It’s been a great pleasure to be Guy’s mentor over the years, and though I joked when Guy graduated that all of us on the Emerson faculty would be working for him one day, I had no idea how soon that would be a reality!”…read more at Brookline.wickedlocal.com
Improper Bostonian: “And this month marks its most ambitious program yet: a two-week residency with Israeli playwright Savyon Liebrecht, who’ll give lectures and workshop two plays, Freud’s Women andDear Sigmund and Carl, with free world premiere readings staged at Babson, Brandeis and BU..” read more at Improper.com
Jewish Advocate: “Savyon Liebrecht calls Guy Ben-Aharon ‘a wonderful ambassador of the Israeli theater…'” read more at JewishAdvocate.com
JewishBoston Feature: “Since theater has the power to relay an emotional reality to an audience, it’s a unique and authentic vehicle to bring an Israeli voice and sensibility to the Boston audience…” read more at JewishBoston.com
Jewish Journal: “’When I write — be it a story or a play — I want neither to convey a message, nor to entertain. I feel I need to put on paper the sounds and images that fill my imagination…'” read more at Boston.Forward.com