5th International Monodrama Festival THESPIS
10 to 17 November 2006 Kiel GERMANY

Monday, November 13 | 20:30 | Pumpe

performed by Yiftach Klein (Israel)

adapted from Arieh Segev's ”I Didn't Execute the Mission”

written and directed by Shmuel Vilozhny; light design by Shmulik Atmazgi; lighting and direction assistance by Shirley Puterman

In September 1973, the Israeli Corporal Asher Solomon was assigned to reserve service at ”Bolivia B”, one of the fortified outposts along the eastern bank of the Suez Canal. On the second day of the Yom Kippur War, he and other fort survivors were taken prisoner by the Egyptian army - just as the field cinema was showing ”High Noon” with Gary Cooper. After 45 days in captivity, Asher was repatriated and taken to an R & R facility- supposedly to rest under medical supervision. He spent there 3 weeks during which he underwent intensive military field security interrogation on the circumstances of his capture. The offensive and degrading encounter between Asher and the interrogator leads to a head-on confrontation, taking Asher back to the terrible days of his captivity.

On an almost empty stage (a chair is his only prop), Yiftach Klein leads his very dynamic monologue which at times turns to a dialogue with and in front of the audience as he takes on the part of either his Israeli or Egyptian interrogator. While Klein is telling his story and is frantically trying to explain his personal failure, the audience partakes in the distress of this tragically absurd hero.

The play is based on Arie Segev's autobiographical ”I Didn't Execute the Mission” (published in 2001) and was awarded first prize at the Theatronetto Festival in Tel Aviv in 2004.

Language: Hebrew
Length: 70 minutes

Produced at New Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv

Kindly supported by Goethe-Institute

German premiere