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21 November 2019 - 24 Heshvan 5780 - כ"ד חשון ה' אלפים תש"פ
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Cameri Theatre performs Requiem in Shanghai E-mail

One of Israel’s leading drama groups, the Tel-Aviv based Israeli Cameri Theatre toured to Shanghai from 3-5 May to perform Requiem at the Shanghai Majestic Theatre.

Requiem was directed and written by Israeli playwright Hanoch Levin, having first toured outside of the country in May 2000. It draws upon three short stories by prolific Russian playwright, Anton Chekhov. The play is also being adapted into a first Chinese language presentation to be peformed in Beijing this summer.

The play introduces audiences to a variety of characters. There is the ailing, aging couple who retire to a remote village where they lament their life choices. A young mother is also featured, desperately seeking a cure for her dying baby and yet ultimately failing. A bereaved wagoner has no one to talk to except for his horse.

Complicating notions of mortality, it is a text about life as much as it is about death. Levin wrote and directed the play knowing his days were numbered. He was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1999, and died later that year aged 56. He left a legacy of 56 plays, 34 of which were staged, and many directed by him during his lifetime.

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