Cameri Theater Raises the Curtain on Next Season

The upcoming season at the Cameri Theater will feature adaptations of literary works, Israeli classics and new plays by Hanoch Levin and Anat Gov, Edna Mazya and Yehoshua Sobol. Performances being in June, said Cameri director general Noam Semel and artistic director Omri Nitzan at a press conference yesterday the coming year.

The Cameri is to inaugurate a new hall this year, with five halls currently operating in the theater complex of varying sizes and character.

Semel said the Cameri ended the year with a profit of NIS 409,000 from revenues of NIS 103 million.

The last play written by the late Hanoch Levin, "Ichsh Fisher," directed by Ronny Pinkovich, will be performed in August. Edna Mazya will present a new play, "The Aristocrats," a family drama set in the 1950s, in which two sons go in very different directions, one becoming an officer and a politician and the other, a homosexual, becomes an alienated fur vendor.

Rami Danon will be directing Hanan Peled's "Redemption of the Father," in which a son and a father embark on a journey to Germany to deal with a reparations claim.

January 2010 will see the curtain go up on "The Human Resources Manager", based on the novel by A.B. Yehoshua, the story of a female employee in a Jerusalem bakery who is killed in a terrorist bombing. Nothing is known about her, and the bakery owner and the human resources person set out to discover who she was. Eran Riklis is currently directing a film based on the book.

Also on offer is an adaption by Yehoshua Sobol of Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband", directed by Aya Kaplan.

Sobol's "Soul of a Jew", last staged in 1982, will be part of the Cameri's Israeli classics series. In this framework, Shmuel Hasfari's "Kiddush" will also be staged along with Y.H. Brenner's "Beyond the Borders," directed and reinterpreted by Oded Kotler.

Several plays in the year's repertoire are part of a group of works Nitzan called "from literature to theater." Among these, Idan Riklin will adapt and direct Meir Shalev's "Esau," Moshe Kaftan will direct and adapt Haim Nahman Bialik's "Behind the Fence" and Edna Mazya will direct and adapt a play based on the Shalom Aleichem novella "Stempenyu."

Among the modern classics to be presented, Semel said yesterday, will be Bertolt Brecht's "The Caucasian Chalk Circle", Henrik Ibsen's "The Master Builder," Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker" and Arthur Miller's "All My Sons."

Contemporary plays will include "Enron" by Lucy Prebble, and the Chinese play "" by Nick Rongjun Yu, about relationships on the Internet.

Two Shakespeare classics will be offered: "Romeo and Juliet," directed by Noam Shmuel, and "The Winter's Tale," directed by Udi Ben-Moshe.