Kol’s Last Call

Kol’s Last Call

Israeli Stage presented the American Premiere of Kol’s Last Call within Season 8, exploring life’s difficult questions through an Israeli lens.

PLAYWRIGHT Joshua Sobol :: DIRECTOR Guy Ben-Aharon :: FEATURING Jeremiah Kissel* 

A celebration of a brilliant legal mastermind who shines a light on corruption.

Kol is standing outside the prison gates. He picks up the phone, and makes a call. Entangled in a corruption case, this dynamic, spirited, sometimes too creative for his own good lawyer is being thrown into jail for misconduct in the courtroom—or is it for uncovering corruption in the system?

This edge of your seat experience is about your putting together the missing pieces for this case as Kol calls his mother, wife, mistress, associate, and a cast of characters that live on the other end of the line.

Joshua Sobol (Playwright) is a Playwright, Director and Author. Sobol has written over 75 plays and directed productions in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Israel and the US. His most famous play, Ghetto, has been performed in 24 countries, and his plays have garnered many awards, among others are: The Evening Standard Award for Best Play of the Year; The Critics’ Circle London Theatre Awards – Best New Play 1989; Laurence Olivier Award Nomination for Best PlayMainichi Art PrizeBest Play of the Year; Yumiuri Shimbun Grand Prize for Best Play of the Year. Sobol won five David’s Harp awards for Best Israeli Play and won the Israeli Theatre Award for Lifetime Achievement. Sobol was awarded The Golden Medal of the City of Vienna for in 2014. Israeli Stage: Season 7 Playwright-in-Residence; readings of Sinners, Wanderers and David, King. Upcoming: the World Premiere Production of The Last Act.

Jeremiah Kissel* (Kol) is a thirty year veteran of Boston’s professional theaters and has played leading roles for The Huntington, American Repertory Theater, Merrimack Rep, as well as The Lyric Stage, New Rep, Commonwealth Shakespeare and various out of town companies when they passed through Boston. He has won several Norton and IRNE awards, and is the recipient of Boston’s highest theater honor, the 2003 Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence. Israeli Stage: readings of To the End of the Land, Ulysses on Bottles, Make My Heart Flutter, Dina, David. KingKol’s Last Call and the full production of Ulysses on Bottles.

MODERATORS: Susan Howards, Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Matthew Stephenson

Susan HowardsSusan Howards Ph.D Boston College, J.D Suffolk University Law School. A former college professor, Susan is a Criminal Defense attorney with a national practice, including high profile cases, focusing on domestic violence. Susan is the co-chair of the Jennifer A Lynch Committee against Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Round Table, Chair of the Camera Committee Brookline Mass, and a former Fulbright Hayes Scholar in India. She enjoys a daily yoga practice, rowing, Tai Chi, line dancing and theatre. 

matthewMatthew Stephenson is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches administrative law, legislation and regulation, anti-corruption law, and political economy of public law. His research focuses on the application of positive political theory to public law, particularly in the areas of administrative procedure, anti-corruption, judicial institutions, and separation of powers. Prior to joining the Harvard Law School faculty, Professor Stephenson clerked for Senior Judge Stephen Williams on the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. He received his J.D. and Ph.D. (political science) from Harvard in 2003, and his B.A. from Harvard College in 1997.

Copy of GBLN 006Iván Espinoza-Madrigal is the Executive Director of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. In a decade as a public interest lawyer, Iván has worked on a wide range of civil rights issues, including racial justice, immigrant rights, and LGBT/HIV equality. Previously, he worked at Lambda Legal, MALDEF, and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. He clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and NYU School of Law.