Dovaleh G’s standup comedy performance in a basement spirals out of control and takes a spine-chilling turn. In front of the audience, which includes two of his childhood friends, he carries out a searing moral stocktaking. The careening rollercoaster shifts rapidly between black humor and vitriolic satire, between loves and betrayals, longing and regrets. In standup comedy – as in life – everything is possible. This evening, which is also Dovaleh’s birthday and apparently his last performance, he no longer has anything to lose.
“Humor of a lit match above a gas tank, and a hero ready for flames!”
Gary Shteyngart, The NY Times
David Grossman was born in Jerusalem in 1954. His books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. He is the author of nine internationally acclaimed novels, three powerful works of non-fiction, and a short story collection, as well as over a dozen children’s books, a children’s opera, and a play. Grossman has been presented with numerous awards including Chevalier de l’Ordre des Artes et des Lettres (France), Prix Eliette Von Karajan (Austria), The Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation (UK), the Buxtehuder Bulle (Germany), the Sapir Prize (Israel), the Premio per la Pace e l’Azione Umanitaria 2006 (City of Rome/Italy), Onorificenza della Stella Solidarita Italiana 2007, Premio Ischia – International Award for Journalism 2007, the EMET Award 2007 (Israel), and the Albatross Prize, awarded by the Gunter Grass Foundation. Grossman was also the recipient of the prestigious Peace Prize of the German Booksellers Association in Frankfurt 2010, and France’s Prix Medicis for translated literature in 2011, as well as the Brenner Prize (Israel) in 2012. In 2013 he received the French Point award for most beloved book by readers and critics (To the End of the Land), and the Italian Fundazione Calcari for Lifetime Achievement. His new novel, A Horse Walks into a Bar, winner of Mann Booker Prize for 2017, has been published internationally in over thirty-five languages throughout 2016-17.
Dror Keren graduated from Mountview Theatre School in London. Productions he has performed in include, Cameri Theatre: Oh, Elias, Elias! (a cabaret of sketches by Hanoch Levin), Suitcase Packers, Servant of Two Masters, The Good Soul of Szechuan, Boeing-Boeing, The Producers, Ya’akobi and Leidental, Two Into One, Levine Cabaret, and Requiem. Haifa Theatre: Class Enemy, The Investigation Must Go On, and The Freedom of the City. Habima Theatre: Those Who Walked in Darkness, The Night of the Twentieth, and Arsenic and Old Lace. Gesher Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tartuffe, The Lower Depths, and City. Television: Mother’s Day, Milluim, Shabatot VeHagim, Suspect, Who’s Line Is It Anyway?, Deus, Rina and Arik Forever, Yona Sides, Scandal, Sesame Street, Zoo Stories, Uncle Pompa, and Tmuna Hada. Films: Five Hours from Paris, The Matchmaker, Aviva, My Love, Passover Fever, Adam Resurrected, Suicide, and OMG, I’m a Robot! At the Cameri Theatre he wrote and directed On The Grill. Awards include: America-Israel Cultural Foundation Award, Aharon Meskin Prize, Shimon Finkel Prize for his performance in The Night of the Twentieth, the Rosenblum Award from the Municipality of Tel Aviv, and he is twice-recipient of the Academy Award for Best TV Drama Actor. On The Other Hand, a standup comedy performance, which he also wrote, continues its successful run all over Israel.