An event celebrating the work of one of Israel’s leading dramatists, Hanoch Levin, to mark the publishing of Hanoch Levin: Collected Plays Volumes 1, 2 and 3 from Oberon Books.
Chaired by writer and producer David Lan with speaker contributions from director Ari Folman and director, playwright Amir Nizar Zuabi and friend and collaborator Vitek Tracz. The introduction will be from Lilian Barreto (actress and director of the Hanoch Levin Estate) and the event will also include readings from Levin's work by actors Steffan Rhodri, Pippa Nixon, Rosie Cavaliero and Sylvestra Le Touzel.
Hanoch Levin, by almost general consent, is Israel's greatest playwright.
He was born in Tel Aviv in 1943 and studied at Tel Aviv University. His work includes comedies, tragedies, and satirical cabarets, most of which he directed himself. He received numerous theatre awards both in Israel and abroad and his plays have been staged around the world. Levin died of cancer on August 18, 1999. He continued to work even in the hospital, nearly to his last day, but didn’t have time to finish the staging of his play The Lamenters. During his lifetime he composed sixty-three plays and directed twenty-two of them. His plays, treating universal themes largely surpassing Israeli or Jewish realities, have been translated into over twenty languages.
David Lan was artistic director of the Young Vic 2000 to 2018. His many productions include Medea directed by Simon Stone (currently at BAM in New York), The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez, directed by Stephen Daldry (currently on Broadway) The Jungle by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson (soon returning to St Ann’s Warehouse in New York), A View from the Bridge directed by Ivo Van Hove, Yerma directed by Simon Stone. He has received Tony and Olivier producing awards as well as the Oliver Special Award and the Critics Circle Special Award. His memoir As if by Chance: Journeys, Theatres, Lives was published by Faber in February.