Renowned Israeli Playwright to Speak at JTS

Joshua Sobol Reflects on “Dramatizing Pivotal Moments of Jewish History”

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September 16, 2010, New York, NY

Joshua SobolJoshua Sobol, one of Israel’s foremost dramatists, will deliver a lecture at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), in New York City on October 6. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free; however, reservations are required.

Mr. Sobol’s presentation, entitled “A Playwright Reflects: Dramatizing Pivotal Moments of Jewish History,” will focus on the immanent conflict between constructive and destructive drives and forces in Judaism and in certain outstanding Jewish protagonists, as reflected in some of his works, including The Jerusalem Syndrome, Solo for Spinoza, Weiniger’s Night, The Night of the Twentieth, Ghetto, Man of the Century, and Unearthing Suess─The Daredevil Jew.

Mr. Sobol’s work is typified by its focus on social and political issues and the depiction of Jewish historical events. His numerous plays have been performed by Israel’s major theaters since 1971, and many of his works have been produced in translation in the United States and Europe to considerable critical acclaim.

Between 1983 and 1989, Mr. Sobol wrote the plays Ghetto, Adam, and Underground, which, together, constitute the Ghetto triptych. Ghetto, his best-known play, has been translated into more than twenty languages and performed by leading theaters in more than twenty-five countries worldwide. Following its 1989 production at the Royal National Theater in London, the play won the Evening Standard and the London Critics awards for Best Play of the Year, and it was nominated for the Olivier Award in the same category. Ghetto is currently enjoying a successful revival at the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv.

The 1996 production of Mr. Sobol’s play, Village, earned the Russian-Hebrew Gesher Theater the five most important categories of the Israel Theater Prize, and was taken on a successful tour to London, Ireland, Germany, Italy, New York, and Australia. His most recently staged new play is Voices, which was produced by the Cameri Theater in 2009.

Mr. Sobol has published two novels and a book of nonfiction. In May 2010, he received a lifetime achievement award by the Israeli Academy for Theater Arts.

Email or call (212) 280-6093 to make a reservation. Please arrive at least fifteen minutes early to allow sufficient time for registration, and have a photo ID available.