the myth revived

Beit Lessin Theatre In Honor of Baruch Ivcher

A play by William Shakespeare

Directed by Yair Sherman

This Hamlet belongs to the current generation. Director Yair Sherman bewitches his Generation-Z audience with his Generation-Z interpretation, and merges a political drama with a sharp satire about a young generation that prefers to sit back and not take sides in the political events that threaten to alter Denmark’s values. At the heart of the production lies a passion for theatre that uncovers hopes, anguish, and fears, all of which are the basic patterns for our family life and our society. It is a theatrical evening full of surprises, twists, and inventions. The Beit Lessin ensemble leads the audience on a riveting journey of cultural associations and exciting discoveries. It’s relevant, it’s beautiful, it’s funny – and it forces us to rediscover what we have almost forgotten: that high art can be communicative, and that with the right communication, we can elevate ourselves to become more human, rather than less.

Yair Sherman is an award-winning theatre director, and one of the most promising fresh voices in Israeli theatre today. Sherman was born in San Jose and grew up in Jerusalem. In 2003, he moved to NYC where he studied at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). After completing his studies, Sherman returned to live in Tel Aviv. He has been working as a theatre director in numerous venues in Israel and abroad, and teaches at three of the country’s leading theatre academies.

In February 2023, after working on contemporary productions of Israeli and international classics, Sherman became Director in Residence of Beit Lessin Theatre in Tel Aviv. In 2016, he won awards for two separate productions: Best Director for his production of The Bacchae at Golden Hedgehog Fringe Theater Awards, and Best Director, Best Play, and Best Supporting Actor for The Endless Mourner at The Kufar International Festival in Minsk, Belarus. In 2019, he was invited to Beijing to direct Hanoch Levin’s epic play Requiem. Selected works: Death of a Salesman and Indecent – The Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv; The Seagull and The Bride and the Butterfly Hunter – Gesher Theatre; The Maids – Elad Theatre; Requiem – Beijing; A Winter Funeral – Beer Sheva Theatre; and The Bacchae – Tmu-na Theatre.