Oded Teumi and Aki Avni will portray the leading roles in "Frost/Nixon", a play by Peter Morgan, with staging by Oded Kotler (translation by Ben Bar Shavit ). The production, which is the jewel in the crown of the new Herzliya Theater season, deals with the confessions of former U.S. president Richard M. Nixon to television personality David Frost regarding the Watergate affair. The costly show is a coproduction with the Cameri Theater.
Details of the show were revealed Wednesday at a news conference where Kotler announced the 2013 season, which continues last year's political leitmotif, as well as presenting original works such as "Tzarim" by the playwright and poet Ya'ackov Ayali; "Good night, Mother," which was presented years ago by the Cameri and marks the return of Leora Rivlin to the stage; and an additional new work entitled "The Message" by Motti Lerner, staged by Sinai Peter - a saga of two families, one Arab and one Jewish, both trapped in a horrific event from the past.
The theater will also present two productions previously staged by the Yoram Levinstein performing arts studio and Seminar Hakibbutzim: "Srul" and "Soragim." The theater is also working with Beit Michael and the playwright and author Ephraim Sidon toward the production of a political satire.
It was also revealed at the press conference that the theater is no longer in danger of closure, despite its NIS 1.2 million deficit. Kotler presented a recovery plan which includes a million shekels of funding from the Herzliya municipality, as well as a savings of NIS 500,000 as the result of a decision by the board of directors to furlough 85 percent of the theater's employees without pay for two months, until the end of December, and the termination of others' employment.
During Kotler's tenure as artistic director over the past year, the theater's subscriptions have grown from 200 to 1,800. When asked about his artistic vision, he responded: "Most theaters avoid productions that do not guaranty income and are not popular, notwithstanding the fact that they promise to put them on. In the end, I do put them on. You can call me a scavenger, but my scraps are good ones."
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