Israeli Contemporary Theater and Shakespeare
Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI), National Library of Israel USA (NLI USA)
The National Library of Israel is one of only a select few institutions around the world who hold a copy of “The First Folio”, a collection of Shakespeare plays published in 1623. This unique piece, and other rare Shakespeare manuscripts, were anonymously donated to the NLI in the autumn of 2022.
To mark the First Folio’s 400th anniversary, the National Library of Israel is organizing a series of lectures on William Shakespeare and his legacy, featuring leading Israeli cultural and academic figures.
The first episode of this special online event series will go online on Sunday May 7: “Israeli Contemporary Theater and Shakespeare”.
Dory Parnes, in discussion with Yair Sherman, one of the most promising fresh voices in Israeli theater today, who directed several high-profile Shakespearean productions at the Gesher Theater and the Beit Lessin Theater in Tel Aviv.
Parnes and Sherman discuss the universality and timelessness of Shakespeare’s plays, as well as Sherman’s personal fascination with Shakespeare. They also explore whether Shakespeare’s works are still relevant to contemporary culture and modern social life in Israel.
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