Ella is a psychologist, a single mother who lives with her autistic son, Lior. She gets a mysterious phone call from a man who insists on an immediate session. The new client is God, and He is very depressed, so depressed that He is about to destroy His creation, and with no survivors this time. Ella, who has some painful issues of her own, has to stop Him, somehow, in one clinical hour.
The play is a funny, witty, poignant, often brilliant text that poses some intriguing questions about the nature of God and our relationship with Him.
Oh, God! has been translated into several languages and performed in various parts of the world, including Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Poland, USA, Greece; the performance rights have been purchased also in Finland and Estonia.
Anat Gov was born in 1953 in Tiberias. She studied at the Tel Aviv University Department of Theatre Arts.
Writing for television: Zehu Ze (Educational TV, 1981-1991), Yes, What? (comedy series, Channel One), Evening With Gov (Channel Two), and Best Friends (drama series, HOT).
Writing for theatre: Love to Death (1991, Jerusalem Khan Theatre), Best Friends (1999, The Cameri Theatre), which won the 2000 Israeli Theatre Award for Best Comedy, Lysistrata 2000 (2001, The Cameri Theatre), Opposing Sides, a joint project of Israeli and Palestinian playwrights for Theater Heilbronn in Germany (2003), Househusband (The Cameri Theatre), which won the 2004 Israeli Theatre Award for Best Comedy, The Troupe, a stage adaptation of the musical (2007, Habima National Theatre), Oh, God! (2008, The Cameri Theatre), A Warm Family (2009, The Cameri Theatre), Happy Ending (2012, The Cameri Theatre).
In recent years, Anat Gov’s plays have been successfully presented in major theatres in Israel an abroad, gaining international acclaim.
Erez Shafrir graduated from the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio.
Directing includes: In the Land of Tik-Tak (won the Best Director Award at the Children’s Theatre Festival, Haifa Theatre); Start Smiling; Like Chekhov (Short Play Festival, Tzavta Theatre); Run Ayala (Tzavta Theatre); The Next Door and Oh, God! (Jerusalem Khan Theatre); and Moff and Morris (Mediatheque Theatre, won the Stage Prize for Children and Youth for Movement Design).
Performances with the Khan Theatre Company include: Twelfth Night (won the Israel Theatre Prize for supporting role); Les fourberies de Scapin; The Imaginary Invalid; The Merry Wives of Windsor; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Napoleon – Dead or Alive!; Accidental Death of an Anarchist; A Flea in Her Ear; and Antigone.
He has also performed in various productions at Haifa Theatre, The Cameri Theatre, and Habima National Theatre, as well as in television productions and movies in Israel and abroad.