“Theatre should be dangerous, or else it should not be!” snarls Gilly. This fiery, sexy drama portrays the Palestinian-Israeli conflict with a play on Strindberg’s “Miss Julie.” Relentless and demanding, pulsing with passion and power and deception and sensuality, this intensely potent combination of Israeli culture, political firestorm, and human emotion represents the best theater can offer. “The Last Act” is a full production from Israeli Stage.
Playwright Joshua Sobol is known for controversial work that challenges the dominant narrative. Sobol is a complex and ever-evolving artist. A world-renowned playwright and author, he has written over 75 plays, which have been translated and performed in over two dozen countries. His relationship with Israeli Stage began in 2011, when his play “Wanderers” got its public first reading in the United States, and followed with his play “Sinners,” which was part of the Reading Series in 2012-13.
Most recently, Sobol was Israeli Stage’s Playwright-in-Residence in March 2017—presenting lectures on theater as a form of resistance at over half a dozen campuses—and his play “Kol’s Last Call” was produced as a staged reading in September 2017. Over 1,000 Bostonians have met him and engaged in his perspective this last year alone. One of the greatest thinkers of our times, Joshua Sobol is an Olivier Award nominee for Best Playwright, a five time David’s Harp Award winner, and a recipient of The Golden Medal of the City of Vienna for Excellent Achievement.
Director Guy Ben-Aharon was born in Israel, founded Israeli Stage, an initiative dedicated to sharing the vitality and diversity of Israeli culture. After the success of Israeli Stage, Guy was asked by the Goethe-Institut to develop German Stage, swissnexBoston to develop Swiss Stage, and has developed Austrian Stage for the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Tel-Aviv, French Stage for the French Cultural Center and Scandinavian Stage for the Scandinavian Cultural Center. His dedication to international theater has resulted in tours throughout the East Coast from Toronto to Atlanta. A proud Emerson College alum, Guy lives in Bay Village.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Mass Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.+ More... - Less...