"Voices of joy and gladness, voices of groom and bride"

Playwright: Hanoch Levin
Stage adaptation: Shimon Mimran
Director: Yevgeny Arie
"Wedding in good time and with good luck,
We are happy and excited to invite you to the wedding ceremony
of Yakish Hoshpish and Poopcha Hrupcha
that will take place this evening at the Gesher Theatre.
The Chupa and vows will be at exactly 20:00
Managed by the Rabbi director Yevgeni Arie
We will be happy to see you among our guests"

Hanoch Levin defined "Yakish and Poopche" - his 19th play - as a "gloomy comedy", and like many of hanoch Levin's plays he directed it himself. The play was first performed at the Cameri Theatre in 1986. It is a story about two lonely people, Yakish and Poopche. Both are poor and hideously ugly and although they burn with desire to find a mate - no one wants them. Eventually - with the help of a dubious matchmaker - the two come to the realization that life is not a beauty-parlor; one has no choice but to give up one's dreams and aspirations and take whatever life offers - even if it is only a rag. And so the two, as a last resort, join in matrimony, but Yakish is so repelled by his wife's ugliness that he is unable to rise to the occasion and consummate the marriage... Finally, after hard labor, Yakish manages somehow to perform his duties and the couple can thus live unhappily ever after.
The world that Levin creates is cruel, grim and devoid of illusion. In a way it is like hell where those who enter must abandon all hope.
The director, Yevgeny Arye explores this "gloomy comedy" with panache. People are pathetically funny just as clowns who disguise their faces with heavy make-up and troll upon the stage of life making us laugh when we should cry. The world is as absurd as a circus, but also just as colorful.
Original Score: Avi Benjamin
Set Design & Costumes: Michael Kramenko
Choreography: Sharon Reshef-Armony
Lighting Design: Avi Iona Bueno (Bambi)
Assistant Director (Speech): Yonny Lucas

Cast: Yuval Yanay, Neta Shpigelman, Yevgeny Terletsky, Natalia Manor/Noa Koler, Roni Blitz, Svetlana Demidov, Israel Demidov, Alon Fridman, Alexander Senderovich, Gilad Kletter, Michael Rivkin

* The play is accompanied by live music.

Date: May 22 at 20:00
Location: Gesher Theatre
Running time: 1 hours and 50 minutes including intermission

* Ticket purchase at the Gesher Theatre website and box office



"Don't miss it! An unexpected theatrical event, cheeky, insane, all of it pure genius. Levin's great texts sound better than ever! Sublime theatrical craziness, bold and brilliant stylized clownery that arouses awe. Undoubtedly a theatrical miracle. An excellent play!" (Yediot Tel Aviv)

"A special and exciting play which brilliantly combines between the clownish and childish, the lyrical and the ridiculous. The actors do an excellent job. One of his more original and successful plays at Gesher Theatre. One of the best plays currently in the country. Don't miss it!" (Yediot Ahronot)

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