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April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmNIS140
There will be a showing at 6pm and at 8pm
Based on a story by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Translated by: Michael Gorodin // Stage adaptation and direction: Irina Goralik / Set design: Ilia Kotz // Musical direction: Boris Zimin
On stage: Maria Goralik // Piano: Boris Zimin
A novel written by a successful Jewish writer in Warsaw disappears in the outbreak of WWII. But this wouldn’t be Bashevis Singer if it didn’t weave around this narrative threat a great tapestry of love and passion. The Manuscript was described by one of his critics as follows: “Every single word was about love, and I wanted to kiss each and every one of them.”
The love story in The Manuscript is told to us by an extraordinary woman. An actress who fell madly in love with the man who wrote the eponymous manuscript. As in all of Bashevis Singers’ works, she is also the impossible outcome of love and hate, sin and sanctity, wisdom and banality.
The play’s heroine relives, right before our eyes, decades from her life: love, war, loss, refugee camps, and coming to Israel. Her life story is bitter, dramatic, but full of humor. Preparing for a performance in a Tel Aviv café, she speaks with a childhood friend, a pianist. Their shared memories turn into a dialogue between her words and his music. The sounds, just like the two characters, palpably remember those days.
The woman reveals the hidden pages of her personal diary, which in turn reveals the many faces of the many women she has been. Between all of these characters, she slowly unfolds the truth about her herself.