by Heiner Muller
Set during the last stages of the Trojan War, The Greek army is exhausted and crumbling.
The cunning Greek leader Odysseus sails to the Island on which Philoctetes – the legendary Greek hero, was abandoned by Odysseus years before wounded and worn out after being bitten by a poisonous snake.
Odysseus brings with him the young son of Achilles – Neoptolemus and together they attempt to appease Philoctetes and recruit him back to the war effort.
The sensitive meeting with the exiled national hero after years of suffering, loneliness and deep insult turns into a fascinating flurry of political and emotional manipulations leading to the unexpected ending in which quite expectedly a sophisticated political move once again tramples moral principles.
Duration: About 1 hour and 25minutes (without intermission)
Directing: Avishai Milstein
Set Design: Adam Keler
Costume Design: Natasha Tuchman-Polyak
Music: Yuval Mesner
Lighting Design: Roni Cohen
Video art: Nimrod Zin
Stage Fighting: Barak Gonen
Nir Ron, Ariel Wolf, Nimrod Bergman
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Sometimes in the theatre, there is a silence so intense, you can almost feel the audience holding its breath: that is what I felt at the Khan Theatre in the final moments of Philoctetes… The performance was so powerful, the production so painfully resonant with the Israeli reality. Feeling the tension in the air as the actors spoke their last lines, I could easily imagine that the people around me felt as I did… Nimrod Bergman delivers an outstanding performance… Avishai Milstein’s translation conveys a sophistication and sensitivity of language, with a contemporary freedom and natural flow. The visual and physical aspects of the play are excellent… a suspenseful, thought-provoking and moving production
(Ayelet Dekel, Midnight East)