The Child Dreams
Playright: Hanoch Levin
Director: Omri Nitzan
Set and costume design: Polina Adamov
Music: Josef Bardanashvili
Lighting: Keren Granek
Choreography: Miri Lazar
Ola Schur-Selektar Mother
Naama Chetrit Child
Norman Issa Captain
Ruth Asrsai Woman born for love, Governor's wife
Ben Yosipovich Father, Immigration clerk
Asaf Peri Commander
Alexander Krul Commander, Governor
Shahar Raz Governor, Soldier
Shlomi Avraham Lame youth, "Messiah"
Eran Sarel Jealous of life, Bum
Oshrat Ingedashet Refugee, Consoling woman, Dead child
Nimrod Dagan Excited passenger, Dead child
Hadar Baruch Frightened person, Boy who crumbled to dust
Ronny Merhavi Wailing woman, Dead child
Raviv Madar Refugee, Dead child
Neil Mishan Refugee, Dead child
Ziv Klayer Sensible man, Dead child
Ido Homski Malaach Daring soldier, Guard
Eliad Sudai Bent-back soldier, Guard
Ron Glick Soldier, Clever Sailor
Production manager Navah Levi
Wardrobe Hanna Nechmad, Maya Levin
Props Shay Loyan
In the wake of the bloody events of Kristallnacht, on 13 May 1939 the S.S. St. Louis set sail from Hamburg bound for Cuba with 936 Jewish refugees on board. The Cuban immigration authorities refused the refugees entry.
The hounded vessel sailed from port to port hoping to find a country that would agree to accept its passengers.
The story of the St. Louis, on which the film “Voyage of the Damned” is based, to some extent inspired Hanoch Levin to write
The Child Dreams (the story was published by Yitzhak Laor in MITA’AM: A Review of Literature and Radical Thought).
Hanoch Levin’s masterpiece is a journey to a distant land, to the unknown, a flight from a menacing past to a consoling future.
Levin’s skill in interweaving the warp and weft of satirical comic situations with expressive poetry leads to an emotional and sensory experience that realistically engages with the nature of human existence.
Replete with compassion and love of man, The Child Dreams is one of the pinnacles of Israeli drama – heartwarming, exciting, thrilling, and brilliant.
The play was is a co-production with Ha'bima National Theatre and was premieres in February 2018
Length: approx.1 hour 35 minutes
From the critics:
• The journey, taken by Hanoch Levin, ... Is an experience ... this is the reason why one decides to attend the theatre... The Child Dreams " is a rich theatrical experience with powerful emotions (Megaphone 21.2.2018)
• Hanoch Levin's powerful play, directed by Omri Nitzan, receives Nitzan's 'Finger Print', making human cruelty bearable by using soft movement and poetry (News 1, 22.2.2018)
• One of the most exciting plays you have ever seen (Mako, 27.2.2018)
• A unique and wonderful version of Hanoch Levin's sober play ... A wonderful direction by Omri Nitzan, a fine cast team (Laisha, 28.2.2018)
• The Child Dreams "is the highlight of Hanoch Levin's work, the new Cameri Theatre and Ha'bima National Theatre's co-production provides a fascinating interpretations of Levin's original magnificent text ... You must experience this one-time theatrical experience as this might be, the most exciting play you will ever see in your entire (Mako, 27.2.2018)
• A poetic performance that has the "know how" to shake one's soul ... An extremely impressive work by Director Omri Nitzan alongside the wonderful original music by Yosef Bardanashvili ...
A unique ensemble of both theatres..... The dynamic between the main actresses is complete and authentic … no person can remain indifferent..... "The Child Dreams" is a must-see production! This play hould be part of the Israeli cultural repertoire, every single day.
Each high school student and every soldier must be exposed to it, and so is every human being (Globes, March 1st, 2008)