Piese de Ron Elisha

A Tree, Falling
Lenny lives alone. Once a busy GP at the epicentre of a vibrant family, he now has no recollection whatever of the life he has led. These days, life's chief adventure, relived each day, is the tracking down of the remote control. Into this rather desolate and shapeless life steps Lola, a friendly visitor sent from the local council. What she finds is a stubbornly independent man who sees no reason why this stranger has entered his home. Nor do successive visits render her any less a stranger, as she finds she must re-establish her credentials every single time. Despite her every attempt to provide Lenny with visual cues and aides memoire, he continues to live within the moment. The poignancy of his plight forces Lola to question the meaning of her own past, her own life, of life itself. The discoveries she makes force her to re-evaluate her future. 'A Tree, Falling' has about it a gentle humour, built into the fabric of a poignant, subtly profound work that seeks to probe the centrality of human memory as a means to understanding the meaning of human existence.
Blood Libel
Lottie is a Holocaust survivor with a mission, and that mission is to silence - once and for all - the world-renowned revisionist documentary-maker and Holocaust-denier, Magnus. In order to do this, she conceives a plan whereby she will invite him to open an exhibition, ostensibly as part of a fund-raising drive designed to raise backing for his next documentary. But there are two things she omits to mention in her invitation: First, the fact that the venue for the fundraiser is the Jewish Holocaust Museum and, second, the nature of the chief exhibit. For it is Lottie's ambition to create a massive mural using the excised tattoos from the forearms of 3,500 Holocaust survivors. Herman, the curator of the museum, is understandably appalled, and vetoes the plan. But Lottie will achieve her ends by fair means or foul.
Carbon Dating
Thirteen characters go on a succession of first dates. Through a number of hilarious, sometimes excruciating scenes, we come to see not only the complex web of relationships that exists between these characters, but also a certain primal template for the mating ritual that cannot be ignored. Part of the folklore of this ritual is the necessary myth that, somewhere out there, there is a Mr or Ms Right for each of us.
Certificate Of Life
For twelve years, from 1933 – 1945, the vile machinery of the Third Reich was orchestrated in such a way as to bring about the annihilation of Clara Reich. But the Third Reich collapsed, the war ended, and Clara was still alive. From that day forth - every year, just before her birthday - she has been compelled to attend the German Consul and, in a supreme irony, present them with a Lebensbescheinegung: A Certificate Of Life. In this way, the German government satisfies itself that the recipients of its reparation pensions are indeed still alive. Clara, of course, has never forgotten what happened to her: The perfunctory killing of her husband, the vicious slaughter of her two-year-old daughter, the torture and destruction of every other member of her entire extended family. Never forgotten and never forgiven. Separated from a brutish second husband, whom she never loved, she lives with her only daughter, Hilda. Together, the two of them exist – year in, year out – in the shadow of the Holocaust. And together, each year, they attend the German Consul, in order to prove that Clara is still alive. But is she?
Controlled Crying
Anyone who has ever raised a family knows only too well the unbearable angst that accompanies the sound of a babe crying in the night. The more prolonged the crying, the greater the angst. And yet, as parents, though we might move heaven and earth in order to spare our children the slightest sorrow, it is as much our role to allow them to learn how to cry as it is to protect them from the very troubles that provoke their tears. That is the impossible balancing act of parenthood. An act carried out, as often as not, in the midst of the intimate darkness of the marital bed, in the dead of night. More than any other place on earth, be it a battlefield, a bar-room or the back stairs, the marital bed is where the true business of life is transacted - in furtive, whispered darkness, from conception through to death.
Einstein
About Einstein's life and believes.
Esterhaz
The play is set in Hungary in 1722 and involves the composer Joseph Haydn in a fictitious battle with his supporter, Prince Nicholas Esterhaz.
Freedom
US President Charles Foster Raye (Chuck) is due to address the UN in order to try and avert an all out war with China. He approaches a speechwriter, Theresa, in order to write the first great speech of the 21st century for the occasion. Unable to resist such an opportunity, she takes on the challenge, then panics, terrified that she will be unable to deliver. Norman, her therapist, offers to help her through the process. Together, with the iconic speeches of the 20th century projected over the entire set, they deconstruct each speech, in an effort to discover what makes it work. The reason that Norman offers to help Theresa is that he is deeply in love with her, but cannot say anything because of the therapeutic relationship. Norman’s therapist, Prudence, disapproves strongly. Never having been in a serious relationship herself, she aches for the touch of another human being, but would never dream of acting on this desire. As it happens, Prudence is also the President’s therapist. Chuck is not coping, and is on the verge of a total breakdown. Prudence feels she should somehow reveal his predicament, for the public good, but is restrained by her fear of destabilising the nation in a time of crisis.
Honour Killing
It is 1982. Faride, a young perfume sales rep, is on a train. It is her first trip to Paris. Father Sam Brown, a Catholic priest, enters the compartment and engages a reluctant Faride in conversation. A game of cat and mouse ensues until, finally, their true identities are unmasked. In the scene that follows, Faride is being interrogated for her part in a terrorist plot to destroy the Eiffel Tower. It transpires that she is pregnant. An immaculate conception. She is to be incarcerated and, upon delivery, separated from her child. It is 2006. Sam, an orthodox Jewish mohel (one who performs ritual circumcisions), is on a train. Into his compartment steps Dimity, a young US soldier. She is on her way to Washington to receive the Congressional Medal of Honour for the courage she has shown during her tour of duty in Iraq. But during her time in Iraq, she has discovered her true identity, and has decided that she will use the occasion to make a political speech. During the conversation that ensues, Sam’s true identity is revealed, and Dimity holds him at knife-point. Her ascendancy, however, is short-lived. In the scene that follows, Faride, dressed in her purest Muslim finery, is on a train. She is on her way to Mecca, for the Haj. Seated opposite her in the compartment is a bearded figure claiming to be Osama Bin Laden. During the conversation that ensues, their true identities are revealed. Faride is there to avenge her daughter’s death. Sam is on his way to destroy Islam’s most sacred site - the Tomb of Abraham. Only one will emerge from the train alive. In a play of mounting tension, twists and turns, the relationship between Islam and the West is played out as it has never been played out before.
Love Field
It is November 22, 1963. JFK has just been shot dead. We are aboard Air Force One, taking off from Love Field in Dallas, Texas: Lyndon Baines Johnson, the newly sworn-in President, Jackie Kennedy, the grieving widow of the recently deceased President, and the casket – the last forming the centrepiece in what is arguably the most emotionally charged airplane journey of all time. As the hunt for the assassin unfolds off-stage, the Widow and the Usurper are forced to confront the personal consequences of what has just happened. Layer by painful layer is stripped back as we bear witness to the dreams, the fears and the regrets of these two iconic figures, suddenly finding themselves at the very pivoting point of history. Initially at opposite poles of the emotional universe, by journey’s end they have reached an odd kind of understanding – one that has taken root in the shadow of the dead President’s casket. Taking its inspiration from recorded conversations that took place between Lyndon Baines Johnson and Jackie Kennedy in the wake of the assassination, Love Field explores what it is inside one human being that engenders love in another.
Man in The Middle
The play started out as a play about the collision of rights: The rights of whistle-blowers to blow their respective whistles, the rights of nations to withhold information on the grounds of national security, the rights of individuals to their privacy, the rights of women not to be sexually bullied, the rights of a famous personage to a fair trial, the rights of a citizen abroad to consular protection. What it became however, as it traced the mixed fortunes of Julian Assange from relative obscurity to world fame, was a question: Is it possible for an individual of questionable morals to render the world a better place?
Renaissance
The year is 1515, and the great Leonardo da Vinci sits vigil by the bedside of one Vincenzo di Scarpa, a former merchant, who hovers on the edge of death as he approaches his hundredth birthday. Biding his time for the old man’s body, Leonardo daily visits his bedside, where he encounters Beatrice, Vincenzo’s young wife and the most exquisite Madonna the great artist has ever laid eyes on. Over the days that follow, Leonardo plays a delicate game between the two, convincing Vincenzo that he (Leonardo) is the devil, to whom the old man must answer for the sins of a lifetime if he wishes to avoid the knife, whilst at the same time slowly seducing Beatrice into becoming his model. All seems to be proceeding to plan until the local priest, Padre Rodolfo, makes his appearance. The arch-enemy of everything for which Leonardo stands, Rodolfo is determined to bring Leonardo to justice on a charge of necromancy, the latter carrying a possible death sentence. At the same time Vincenzo, in an attempt to cheat the devil, closes a deal with Rodolfo which will have dire consequences for Beatrice. In the end, the force of Leonardo’s intellect and the power of his will to enlightenment transform the lives of each of those around him in ways that are strange, wonderful and unpredictable. So much so, in fact, that each - in a very real sense - has undergone a kind of rebirth, a renaissance.
Stainless Steel Rat
Wikileaks revealed thousands of secret government calls, this is the story of a director making a film about julian assange's rise to fame.
The Goldberg Variations
Sol, a blind piano player, is asked by the Goldberg family to write a speech. Quick to observe the nuances of emotion that run through this family of combatants, what follows is a journey of laughter and love, spotted with the occasional furtive tears, as Sol marks the family's births, deaths and marriages through his speeches. His vision, however, is somewhat obscured when it comes to acknowledging his own heart. This wise and witty play observes how honesty, objectivity and affection can survive the most tangled of relationships.
The Schelling Point
What do John F. Kennedy, Stanley Kubrick, Tom Schelling, Peter Sellers and Frank Sinatra have in common? Tom Schelling won the Nobel Prize in 2005 for his work in game theory. He began his career soon after World War II as an economist involved in the Marshall Plan. By the early 60s, he had become a widely respected nuclear strategist, whose connection with Robert McNamara (JFK's Secretary of Defense) meant that his influence fed directly into White House policy. Many give him credit for the US having averted all-out nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Some also credit him with having been instrumental in moving the US towards involvement in Vietnam. At the time Schelling was publishing his work on nuclear strategy, an article he wrote of the London Observer was noticed by Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick met with Schelling, and the idea for Dr Strangelove was born. In a complex and disarming work that weaves its way between the world of realpolitik and the 'reality' of film-making, The Schelling Point explores the fanciful and ultimately romantic game theory notion that human behaviour is largely rational.
Two
Examines some fundamental moral concepts through the stories of a Rabbi and his German language student, as they try to reconcile their tormented pasts and renew a love of life after the Holocaust
Wrongful Life
For Gina, nothing has ever come easily. Life has always been a struggle and, at 16, she has reached the conclusion that it is simply too hard. Put simply, life for Gina is not worth living. By dint of the discovery that, according to Gina’s mother (Eve), Gina was born only because Eve’s GP (Selina) talked her out of an abortion, Gina urges her mother to take out an action for Wrongful Life on her behalf against Selina. The play traces the progress of the case, layer building upon layer and irony upon irony, until each player, pushed to the limits of logical extreme, falls victim to the inexorable voraciousness of the legal process.

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Ron Elisha s-a nascut la data de 1951 in Ierusalem, Australia.


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