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“The Last Act” A Full Production from Israeli Stage at Calderwood Pavilion’s Martin Hall in Boston’s South End

May 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

“Theatre should be dangerous, or else it should not be!” snarls Gilly. This fiery, sexy drama portrays the Palestinian-Israeli conflict with a play on Strindberg’s Miss Julie. Relentless and demanding, pulsing with passion and power and deception and sensuality, this intensely potent combination of Israeli culture, political firestorm, and human emotion represents the best theater can offer. This is a full production from Israeli Stage.

See what they’re saying about The Last Act in the Boston Globe, Jewish Journal, and The Forward.



 Joshua Sobol (Playwright) Known for controversial work that challenges the dominant narrative, Sobol is a complex, and ever evolving artist. Joshua Sobol, a world-renowned playwright and author, has written over 75 plays, which have been translated and performed in over two dozen countries. His relationship with Israeli Stage began in 2011, when his play Wanderers got its public first reading in the United States, and followed with his play Sinners, which was a part of the Reading Series in 2012-13. Most recently, Sobol was Israeli Stage’s Playwright-in-Residence in March 2017 — presenting lectures on theatre as a form of resistance at over half a dozen campuses — and his play Kol’s Last Call was produced as a staged reading in September 2017. Over 1,000 Bostonians have met him and engaged in his perspective this last year alone. One of the greatest thinkers of our times, Joshua Sobol is an Olivier Award nominee for Best Playwright, a five time David’s Harp Award winner, and a recipient of The Golden Medal of the City of Vienna for Excellent Achievement.


Guy Ben-Aharon (Director) was born in Israel, founded Israeli Stage, an initiative dedicated to sharing the vitality and diversity of Israeli culture. After the success of Israeli Stage, Guy was asked by the Goethe-Institut to develop German Stage, swissnexBoston to develop Swiss Stage, and has developed Austrian Stage for the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Tel-Aviv, French Stage for the French Cultural Center and Scandinavian Stage for the Scandinavian Cultural Center. His dedication to international theatre has resulted in tours throughout the East Coast from Toronto to Atlanta. A proud Emerson College alum, Guy lives in Bay Village.


Marianna Bassham* (Dana) is an Elliot Norton and IRNE award winning actor who has made her home in the Boston area for the last 18 years. She’s a resident acting company member with Actors’ Shakespeare Project where she has appeared in God’s Ear, The Cherry Orchard, Middletown, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, Hamlet (twice), Love’s Labour’s Lost, and The Hotel Nepenthe, among others. She had appeared with many theaters including The Huntington, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Central Square Theatre, Underground Railway Theatre, The Gamm Theatre, Lyric Stage, SpeakEasy Stage, New Rep, The Nora, and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Film/TV: Moonrise KingdomThe MakeoverCastle Rock, and Olive Kitteridge. She has taught acting at Emerson College and Northeastern University and currently teaches at MIT. She will make her off- broadway debut this fall at Playwrights’ Horizons with I Was Most Alive With You, written and directed by Craig Lucas. Israeli Stage: Debut.


Craig Mathers* (Ethan) Boston credits: Light in the Piazza and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (SpeakEasy), Stage Kiss (Lyric Stage), Academy Fight Song and The Fakus(CentaStage), Our Town (Huntington), Henry VIThe Taming of the ShrewHenry VIII and Troilus and Cressida (ASP), Three Sisters(Brandeis Theater Company), Not Enough Air (Nora Theater Company) and Picnic (Stoneham Theatre). New York credits: I Might be Edgar Allan Poe (NY Fringe Festival), Tea and Sympathy(Keen Company), Pera Palas (Second Stage), Poor Folks Pleasure (The Flea), Salt (The Actors Studio) and The Love of the Nightingale (Soho Rep). Regional appearances at Syracuse Stage, Yale Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Indiana Rep, Sacred Fools Theater and Worcester Foothills. TV and Film: Law & OrderLaw & Order: SVUSpin CityAs the World Turns, CBS pilot House Rules and NBC pilot Odyssey, as well as the feature films The Last Harbor and The Company Men. Craig, a graduate of the Yale Drama School, is currently an associate professor of Performing Arts at Emerson College and is a designated Linklater teacher. Israeli Stage: readings of The Banality of Love.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Mass Cultural Council, and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.


May 19
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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