A novel-play based upon paintings by Michael Kovner
Ezekiel, a fictional figure, based on that of Abba Kovner, lives alone in Jerusalem.
The year is 1991 during The First Gulf War. An emotional meeting takes place between him and his grandson Noni who arrives for a visit from abroad with his Mother Yvonne. Using words that befit that of Noni’s age and through play, Ezekiel tells his grandson about his painful memories from the time when he was the leader of the underground resistance in the
Vilna Ghetto and was forced to face difficult and brutal choices like the handing over of his commander to the Nazis and leaving his mother behind.
The ability to communicate with his grandson Noni, is for Ezekiel a kind of compensation for the separation from Amos -his son, Noni’s father, who has left the country.
This is a last chance for Ezekiel to receive comforting love from his family against the painful suffering of the past.
Alongside the family visit, a loving and special relationship is developing between Na’ama, a young physiotherapist who is treating Ezekiel and Yvonne, Amos’ wife.
Duration: About 1 hour and 30 minutes (without intermission)
Adapted and Directed by: Ron Ninio
Paintings: Michael Kovner
Video Art: Yoav Cohen, Adam Lewensohn
Music: Avi Benjamin
Set and Costume Design: Svetlana Breger
Lighting Design: Roni Cohen
Arie Tcherner, Yael Toker, Daniel Gal, David Ben Ze’ev, Philip Dolev / Ruth Boumard
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Viewing the play is a rich visual, musical and emotional experience… Very well-crafted and designed…
(Ayelet Dekel, Midnight East)
The adaptation to theater is a wonderful work of art by Ron Ninio, who led the cast of the Khan Theater to its peak performance.
Abba Kovner is represented by Arie Tcherner, a virtuoso actor, who brings to life the character of the tortured poet… he leaves the audience with the impression of a true artist. During the performance we connect completely with the Ezekiel figure and the show ends in tears…
There is an additional outstanding player, Michael Kovner’s paintings. They are wonderful, fit perfectly and add to the message of the play…
In light of the fact that many theater performances today walk safely between the drops, the Khan Theater stands upright, and proves that an outstanding repertory theatre ensemble full of brave creative people can stand tall and act as a bulwark against the dinosaurs who are taking over all positive aspects of our society.
(Dana Shuchmacher, Ma’ariv)