Rank and File: The Scottish (Israeli) Play

A bit of theater in a Klezmer festival; Australian Embassy helps feed the needy.

Steve Klein
Steven Klein
Australian Ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma, right, with (from left) second secretary Helen Zhang, Lasova volunteer Yakov, and intern Patrick Mayoh at Lasova in Tel Aviv.
Australian Ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma, right, with (from left) second secretary Helen Zhang, Lasova volunteer Yakov, and intern Patrick Mayoh at Lasova in Tel Aviv.Credit: Courtesy of the Australian Embassy
Steve Klein
Steven Klein

MACBETH RESONATES: Theater in the Rough returns to Jerusalem next week for a show guaranteed to keep the audience moving with eight evenings of “Shakespeare’s Macbeth: In Motion.” Viewers will follow the cast as the performance moves around the Bloomfield Gardens behind the King David Hotel. The cast features mostly British Israelis, including Annabelle Landgarten, Robin Stamler, Tikva Blaukopf, Gillian Kay and Simon Montagu. They are joined by former New Yorkers Ira Skop and Andrea Katz, as well as Talya Bem, who hails from Canada, and sabra Gilad Petranker. “Macbeth is a story of ambition that runs a little too rampant,” Theater in the Rough’s Beth Steinberg told Haaretz. “In this year’s charged political arena, stories like this resonate.” The afternoon show runs August 16-18 and August 21-25. For more information, call 052-559-4257.

THEATER BEFORE KLEZMER: For their Klezmer festival, the Culture Ministry and the Safed municipality have taken the unusual step of including live English-language theater in their program. The Tzfat Community Theater Group has been invited to restage its spring production of “The High School,” a play by Arnold Perl based on a Sholom Aleichem short story, at the Khan of the White Donkey this Monday through Wednesday. “The show gives English-speaking attendees of the festival an opportunity to share in the charm and craft of live theater before the music program begins in the evening,” Howard Schechter, who founded the group in December, told Haaretz. The former New Yorker said the play deals with the struggles of a Jewish family in 19th-century Czarist Russia to achieve education and equality for their child. For tickets, email laurierappeport@gmail.com.

AUSTRALIANS FEED THE NEEDY: Ambassador Dave Sharma on Thursday took some of his Australian Embassy staffeto volunteer at the Lasova House Multi Services Center for Needy People in Tel Aviv, which feeds around 2,000 people daily at its various venues, the embassy told Haaretz. Sharma was joined by Helen Zhang and Nicholas Cooper, both second secretaries, and Patrick Mayoh, an intern at the embassy. “I think it’s important to absorb ourselves in the many facets of reality in which we live,” said the ambassador. “Volunteering at Lasova House is a great opportunity for me and some of my team to give back to the community.” Lasova also provides a women’s shelter. Most of the food served is donated by the army, food manufacturers and restaurants all collected by Lasova’s “City Harvest” vehicles.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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