An older man in the audience, in traditional dress, attracted the attention of actor Guy Elhanan. The addition was made by the director, Ghassan el-Hakim. Elhanan, who played Krum, noticed that the old man, whose seat was near the stage, was murmuring the words of the prayer. He wore Muslim dress and he was with his 5-year-old grandson.
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Levin's work, according to press materials, centers on the "return of Krum, the prodigal son, to the delight of his mother and friends. He returns home as a failure to a community suffering from widespread resignation, loneliness, and apathy. Krum soon succumbs to the pervasive malaise; he becomes a passive observer of the persistent rhythm of marriages, births, and funerals that have become so devoid of significance that weddings resemble wakes.
The characters in Krum are willing to endure great sacrifice and humiliation to escape from their solitude, but time and again they surrender to passivity. Having lost all of his youthful passion, Krum is forced to confront his own mortality and unfulfilled desires instead of sinking further into a static life. Krzysztof Warlikowski will direct the TR Warszawa company in the production with set and costume design by Malgorzata Szczesniak, and lighting design by Felice Ross.
Krzysztof Warlikowski previously made his U. Hanoch Levin, whose works are rarely produced in the U. Levin's prolific works range from satirical cabarets, domestic comedies and tragedies to highly controversial politically themed works. Upon his death in , Levin was hailed as "one of the greatest playwrights that Israel has ever had" by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Krum is performed in Polish with English subtitles. Tickets are available by calling or by visiting www.
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His absurdist style is often compared to the work of Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett. He grew up in a religious home in the Neve Sha'anan neighborhood in southern Tel Aviv. His father ran a grocery store. As a child, he attended the Yavetz State Religious School. In the s, his brother, David, who was nine years older than he was, worked as an assistant director at the Cameri Theater. His father died of a heart attack when he was 12 years old.
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