The American premiere of The Banality of Love by Savyon Liebrecht was held on November 17th at Emerson College’s Bill Bordy Theater and on November 20th at the Goethe Institut Boston. The event was sponsored by the Israel Campus Roundtable, in association with Emerson Hillel.
DIRECTOR: Guy Ben-Aharon
STAGE MANAGER: Rebecca Schneebaum
OLD MARTIN HEIDEGGER: Thomas Derrah, Elliot Norton Award and IRNE Award winner
YOUNG MARTIN HEIDEGGER: Craig Mathers
OLD HANNAH ARENDT: Susan Howards
YOUNG HANNAH ARENDT: Lesley Yates
MICHAEL BEN-SHAKED / RAFAEL MENDELSOHN: Jared Brown
The complex relationship between Hanna Arendt and Martin Heidegger, from their first encounter as student and teacher in 1924 to their meeting after the war in 1950. Their story raises ethical questions about how politics and philosophy relate to real life. In the background is the one-sided love affair between German Jews and German culture as an echo of the one-sided love affair between Arendt and Heidegger.
ABOUT SAVYON LIEBRECHT
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) and the Maior-Amalfi Award for A Good Place for the Night (Italy, 2005). She was awarded Playwright of the Year for her successful plays, It`s All Greek to Me (2005), and Apples in the Desert (2006). The Banality of Love won Best Play of the Year in 2009.
The Jewish Advocate
The Arts Fuse: “In the Israeli Stage’s reading, Craig Mathers was particularly striking as the young Heidegger of the 1920s and ‘30s. As mentioned in an interview on Israeli Stage’s own website, the actor has been an enthusiastic…” Read more on: ArtFuse.org