KING DAVID REPORT
KING DAVID REPORT
Written by: Roee Chen
Based on the novel by: Stefan Heym
Directed by: Yevgeny Arye
In this retelling of the biblical story, King Solomon commissions Ethan the Scribe to write the official history of King David. In return for the finest cooking in the land and the wages of a minor prophet, Ethan must write a proper record, full of glory and battles, statecraft and honor--a tribute to David and, of course, to Solomon, his heir. But as Ethan explores the story, he finds another life hidden behind the iron curtain dividing past from present: the story of a David who seduced, lied, bragged, and plundered his way to power. Ethan wonders: which life should be reported in the King David Report?
Written by one of Germany's most acclaimed dissident authors, The King David Report is both an analysis of the writer's obligations to truth, and an astute satire on the workings of history and politics in a totalitarian state.
Set design: Michael Kramenko
Costumes: Stefaniya Graurogkayte (Russia, Sankt Petersburg)
Music: Faustas Latenas (Litva,Vilnus)
Light design: Avi Yona Bueno( Bambi)
Dramaturgy: Katya Sassonsky
Sound: Michael Vaisburd
Cast: Alon Friedman, Miki Leon, Doron Tavori, Shir Shinar, Boris Ahanov, Yuval Yanai, Lillian Ruth, Alexander Senderovich, Yevgeny Terletsky, Karin Seruya, Ruth Rasyuk, Tali Osadchy, Henry David
Daniel Styopin, Gilad Kletter, Alexander Senderovich, Eldad Prywes.
Date: May 8, 9 at 20:00
Location: Gesher Theatre
Running time: 2 hours and 10 minutes including intermission
* Ticket purchase at the Gesher Theatre website and box office
"And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. 30And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. 31For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about." (Kings 1 -4)
(Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite.) I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.
I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant,
Thy seed will I establish forever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.
And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.
For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?
"A masterpiece that cannot be missed… the world of the bible comes alive and it has never been so intriguing… everything that happens on stage verges on genius. Brilliant directing of an important play and extraordinary performance by a magnificent cast – a phenomenal school for theater." (mako)
"A beautiful interesting well-made play that stimulates rethinking of the biblical story and also its modern repercussions." (Yediot Ahronot)
"A good lesson in theater and an enjoyable play… go, remember, enjoy" (Habama)
"The performance is excellent – a theatrical experience" (Ben Ami Feingold)
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