Our national theater, aka Habima, is thinking big, not out of bombast but from renewed confidence in its abilities and capabilities, and not least from its audiences in Tel Aviv and around the country that approached one million in 2014.
Management is thinking ahead, presenting 27 new plays that will take Habima through the beginning of 2017. It continues to foster young talent, as well as explore and develop connections with theaters overseas – Habima artistic director Ilan Ronen has been president of the European Theater Association these last four year – despite the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
The line-up is the now customary mix of local and translated plays, about half each. Time was when originals plays were thin on the ground, and we’re only talking 20 years ago.