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Memory and History in Israeli Post-Apocalyptic Theater

Memory and History in Israeli Post-Apocalyptic Theater Abstract: The article discusses two dystopian plays in Hebrew, Joshua Sobol’s The Jerusalem Syndrome (1987) and Shimon Buzaglo’s Black Rain (2007), as well as their performances in Israeli theatre. I will examine the new forms used in these plays—polydrama in Sobol’s case, theater as a testimonial medium in Buzaglo’s—and analyze why apocalyptic drama rooted in the memory of past catastrophes is better suited than other avenues of historical commemoration to serve as a catalyst of imagined introspection that may help avert future dangers by shedding a sober light on the problems of the present. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hebrew Studies National Association of Professors of Hebrew

Memory and History in Israeli Post-Apocalyptic Theater

Hebrew Studies , Volume 56 (1) – Dec 11, 2015

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Abstract: The article discusses two dystopian plays in Hebrew, Joshua Sobol’s The Jerusalem Syndrome (1987) and Shimon Buzaglo’s Black Rain (2007), as well as their performances in Israeli theatre. I will examine the new forms used in these plays—polydrama in Sobol’s case, theater as a testimonial medium in Buzaglo’s—and analyze why apocalyptic drama rooted in the memory of past catastrophes is better suited than other avenues of historical commemoration to serve as a catalyst of imagined introspection that may help avert future dangers by shedding a sober light on the problems of the present.

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Hebrew StudiesNational Association of Professors of Hebrew

Published: Dec 11, 2015

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