Israeli Stage presented the American Premiere of Happy Ending within Season 7, asking jarring questions through an Israeli lens.
PLAYWRIGHT Anat Gov | TRANSLATOR Maraglit Rodgers
DIRECTOR Guy Ben-Aharon | FEATURING Nancy E. Carroll*, Alice Duffy*, Jaronzie Harris, Maureen Keiller*, Will LeBow*, Karen MacDonald*, Bret Silverman
DIALOGUE MODERATORS Dr. Susan Block, Dr. Daphne Hogan-Kaas, Jonathan Soroff
A touching, funny and poignant look at a woman’s decision to end cancer treatment
From the playwright who brought you the Smash-Hit Comedy, Oh God, experience Anat Gov’s Happy Ending. “To be or not to be. That is not the question. The question is how to be.” Anat Gov does the unthinkable: making a comedy out of cancer. Talia, a diva of the stage, arrives at an oncology clinic to begin a series of treatments in order to prolong her life. She arrives and meets three incredible women—a feisty Holocaust survivor, a middle-aged, hippy divorcée, and a young Orthodox woman—who make her rethink her life. This encounter brings up what awaits her, and she decides to let go of treatment and embrace the end. After its debut in 2012, Anat Gov died herself, but she wouldn’t let you stop laughing.
“A testament to chutzpah, authenticity, and the power of good writing…” … read more at ArtsFuse.org
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Anat Gov passed away in December 2012 after a long battle with cancer, leaving a significant imprint on Israeli theatre with six plays: Best Friends, Lysistrata, Househusband, Oh God, A Warm Family and Happy Ending.
Israeli Stage: readings of Best Friends and Oh God, and full production of Oh God.
Dr. Susan Block Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at Harvard Medical School, has been a palliative care physician for more than 35 years, and served as Founding Chair of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Co-Director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care, an international center of excellence in palliative care education.
Jonathan Soroff is a Boston native and graduated from Duke University. His journalism career began at The Boston Herald, and he’s written for everyone from People to London’s Royal Academy Magazine. For the past 20 years, he’s been the lead columnist for the Improper Bostonian.
Israeli Stage: Jonathan has moderated Dialogue Reflections for Anat Gov’s Oh God and Gilad Evron’s Ulysses on Bottles.
Dr Daphne Hogan-Kaas is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Brigham and Women’s Hopsital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School