'Exit the King' Wins Big at Israel's Fringe Theater Awards

The prize for best male actor went to actor Jules Ben David for his role in ‘Demonstration Class’, while the prize for best female actress was awarded to Ilya Gross for her role in 'Oedipal.'

The open spaces of the ground floor of Tel Aviv’s central bus station was festooned with limelight and red silk on Friday, in celebration of the Fringe Theaters’ Golden Hedgehog (Kipod Hazahav) awards ceremony. The star of the event and winner of Best Drama for 2013 was Ionesco’s ‘Exit the King’, directed by Rina Yerushalmi, who was also chosen as Director of the year. The play was put on by the Itim theater ensemble. Other contenders such as ‘Death and the Maiden’, ‘Eyes’ and ‘Papegina’ will have to satisfy themselves with having been candidates and with consolation hugs.

The prize for best male actor went to actor Jules Ben David for his role in ‘Demonstration Class’, while the prize for best female actress was awarded to Ilya Gross for her role in ‘Oedipal.’ Prizes for best supporting actors went to Maggie Azarzar for her role in ‘Oedipal’ and to Avraham Horovitz for his role in ‘HaGolem.’ The best playwright of the year was Eldad Cohen, chosen for his “Repertoire Theater.’ The first prize for group work went to ‘A Donkey Eating an Orange’ from the Tmuna theater company.

The play ‘Fire Bird’ led to two prizes, one given to Chen Asherov, picked as the year’s best performer, the other awarded to Bilha Mas for direction of this play. In the category of ‘stage communication’ the winner was the play ‘This is the Land’. The year’s best composer was Mira Awad, for the accompanying score for ‘Eyes’, staged by the Hebrew-Arab theater in Jaffa. The choreography prize went to Vadim Rashersky who choreographed ‘The Black Monk.’ The year’s best costume designer was Shira Weiss, giving ‘Oedipal’ its third prize. The final first prize, given for best light design, went to Avi Yonah Bueno (Bambi) for his part in ‘Exit the King.’

In addition to all these prizes, a lifetime achievement award was given to actress Hanna Rieber, who has been acting for 49 years on local stages. She hesitantly approached the stage, proceeding to charm all present with her gracious and noble conduct. “I usually come to these ceremonies to congratulate my colleagues”, she confessed with shining eyes. “Now they have the opportunity of congratulating me.”

Gadi Dagon