Hokey Pokey

by Eyal Weiser

Translated by Natalie Fainstein
Directed by David Betz Heinemann

A failing writer who dreams of success; an actress past her prime desperate for the limelight again; a therapist having a secret affair with Hitler, a clown whose identity was stolen; a paraplegic who dreams of long legs and an Arab girl who dreams of being more than just another Arab. A patchwork of stories that connect into one play, raising strong questions about the situation of Israeli society.

Eyal Weiser was born in Israel in 1975 and lives and works in Tel-Aviv. He studied at University of Tel-Aviv and Beit-Zvi School of performing Arts, is a Home playwright and director of Tmuna Theater. Eyal wrote and directed ‘Mein Jerusalem’, ‘Hockey-Pockey’, ‘Ayeka?’ and ‘Vetu Lo’ (Best fringe performance for 2005, Time Out Magazine), Playwright of ‘Shufra’ (Best Fringe performance 2007. Time-Out Magazine). Today Eyal is a member of the artistic committee – Tmuna Theatre and works as a moderator of acting and writing workshops.

David Betz Heinemann is Artistic Director of People at Play with whom he has staged new and/or inter-disciplinary work including Resurrection Blues, White Rabbit Red Rabbit, Rough and Tumble, A Life in Music, One Woman and Tales from the Kalevala. David has also directed new writing for the National Theatre of Scotland, the Traverse, Kids Company at the National Theatre Studio and Old Vic New Voices. David has an MFA in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck College.

Shai Forester Playwright
Tara Jaffar
Arab Actress
Clare Lawrence-Moody
Playwright’s Wife
Claire Lubert