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Winner of Akko International Fringe Theater Festival, 2016

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What happens when the human body becomes a vessel for fulfilling a godly commandment, or when messianic desire becomes political? The story of Dr. Daniel Paul Schreber receives a bold interpretation from a group of actors who analyze Israel today through the Schreber case.

At the prime of his career as President of the Supreme Court of Appeal in Dresden, Dr. Daniel Paul Schreber (1842-1911) was put into a psychiatric ward under duress. As part of his struggle in court to prove himself healthy, he wrote a book in which he outlined the new theological order revealed to him. His visions expose the connection between body and mind, and between the individual body and the political one. Dr. Schreber’s story explores the tension between ideology and physical practice, and reveals how this practice produces our social order.

Schreber is a contemporary theater performance that combines several disciplines of theater practice. This theatrical event plays on the fine line separating didactics from the sensing, agonized, and atrophying body. It uses this ambiguity as a dramaturgic key woven throughout the piece.

Premiere || 2016 Akko International Fringe Theater Festival , was staged until 2018 at Jaffa Theater

Playwright & Director ||  Ran Bechor

Dramaturgy  || Nataly Zukerman

Creating Performers || Samira Serrieh, Moti Rosentzweig, and Yigal Tzur

Boys || Nir Shenhav, Itamar Koren

Stage Designer || Tal Ariel Arbib

Lighting Designer || Rotem Elroi

Musical Editor || Itamar Gross

Narration || Asaf Harel

Video Photographer ||  Asaf Sudry

Video Editor || Ofir Sharon

Production and Show Management || Liza Stroshlevsky

*Photo Credit || Maya Iltus


“This clever and challenging work shakes one’s world, and deals with the regimen of the body, the policing of society, the totalitarianism of society, the obliteration of empathy, as well as the totalitarianism of art”.

 Akko Festival Jury

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