Hanan Snir's theatrical adaptation of David Grossman's stirring novel To the End of the Land staged at the Habima – National Theatre of Israel, Tel Aviv.
This is a great love story between Ora, Avram and Ilan, who meet in a hospital at the age of 16, in the midst of the Six Day War. This random encounter ties them together and shapes their fate, in light of the fragility and anxiety of the Israeli existence.
35 year later, Ora, whose combat soldier son goes soff on a military operation, runs away from home in order to avoid the torment of awaiting the tragic news that is bound to arrive: by refusing to accept the news, Ora hopes she might be able to prevent it and save her son.
On her way to Galilee, she almost kidnaps Avram, her childhood sweetheart, and for days and nights she travels with him across the country on foot, doing the only thing she can to protect her son – she recounts his life story, as if through the power of this story alone she will keep him and herself safe from the dreaded news.
To the End of the Land is a story about love and unrequited love, about friendship and generosity between men, about parenthood and giving, and mostly about "family work" – the almost heroic effort to maintain the delicate fabric o a family, in face of the violence and terror, but also the beauty and warmth, of the Israeli reality.
To the End of the Land
Based on the novel by David Grossman
Adaptation and Direction | Hanan Snir
Set Designer | Roni Toren
Music | Ori Widislavski
Movement | Paulina Adamov
Dramaturgy | Noga Ashekenazi
Light Designer | Roni Cohen
Cast | Ora – Efrat Ben Zur, Avram – Dror Keren, Ilan – Ammon Wolf
In other roles/Musicians | Daniel Sabbag, David Bilenca, Guy Mesika, Rinat Matatov, Amos Boaron, Harel Murad, Eldar Brentman, Nir Barak, Vitaly Podolsky, Daniel Wertheim
Opened on 20 February 2016
At the Habima – National Theatre of Israel, Tel Aviv
A collaboration between the Habima – Natonal Theatre of Israel
and the Carmeri Theatre of Tel Aviv.
Pictures © by Gerard Allon