The Human Resources Manager
It all begins with a terrorist attack in the Jerusalem fruit and vegetable market. A woman in her forties without any ID whatsoever is gravely injured, fights for her life for two days, and after her death lies in the morgue waiting to be identified. A further search of her shopping bag reveals a torn wage slip, with no name, issued by a large Jerusalem bakery, but the bakery’s staff and managers did not notice the absence of any worker.
A Jerusalem journalist – “The Snake” – attacks the bakery for its indifference toward one of its workers and its “shocking lack of humanity”. But the investigation at the bakery shows that the woman – who is not Jewish, an engineer by profession, and was employed there as a cleaner – was fired a month earlier, but because the night shift manager was in love with her, she continued drawing her wages.
What could have been initially resolved with a simple explanation gradually turns into a powerful passion accompanied by a choir. The elderly owner of the bakery refuses to make do with a brief apology for vague guilt, and is beset by an obsessive desire for profound atonement, and he tasks the play’s protagonist, the Human Resources Manager, to return the woman’s remains to the village where she was born and compensate her son and aged mother.
From bureaucratic obtuseness and apathy begins the journey of atonement with the woman’s coffin to the far-off village of her birth, attended by an examination of guilt, remorse, atonement, love, and even passion.
This is a story that breaks down barriers and refurbishes the threadbare, while flickering between personal psychology and national ideology, between the intimate and the metaphysical.