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Motti Lerner

Motti Lerner was born in 1949 in Zichron Yaakov. He studied mathematics and physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and theater in London and San Francisco. From 1979 to 1984, he was director and playwright at the Khan Theater in Jerusalem. Since then, he has been a freelance playwright and screenwriter for the major theaters and TV channels in Israel, as well as a lecturer in political playwriting at Tel Aviv University. He has also been writer-in-residence at the Center for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies in Oxford, Visiting Drama Professor at Duke University, USA, and frequently lectures at European and American universities on Israeli theater, especially in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Lerner has written many plays and many TV films and drama series. His plays have been produced in the USA, England, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Australia. He has received many awards including the Israeli Academy Award for Children's Drama (1980), the Meskin Play of the Year Award (1985), the Prime Minister's Prize (1994), the Israeli Motion Picture Academy Award for Best TV Drama (1995), the Best TV Feature Film (2004) and the Landau Prize for Cinema and Television (2014).            

Books Published in Hebrew            
Kastner, Or-Am, 1985 [Kastner]            
Pangs of the Messiah, Or-Am, 1987 [Hevlei Mashiah]
Else or Exile in Jerusalem, Or-Am, 1990 [Else]            
Pollard, Or-Am, 1995 [Pollard]            
Autumn, Or-Am, 1996 [Stav Yamav]
Seven Plays Safra & Assaf Plays, 2009 [Siv`a Mahazot]    
The Princess and the Hobo (children) [Jerusalem Khan, 1980; Israel TV, 1990; Stendal Theater, Germany, 1991; Schloss Theater in Celle, Germany, 1994]
Kastner [Cameri, 1985; Heilbronn Theater, Germany, 1988; Hungarian Radio, 1990] 
The Witness [National Theater for Youth, 1986]            
Pangs of the Messiah (Cameri, 1987)            
Paula [Cameri, 1987]
Exile in Jerusalem (Else) [Habimah, 1990; Royal National Theater Studio, London, 1992; Jewish Ensemble Theater, Detroit, 1993; Tri-Buhne Theater, Stuttgart, 1994; Williamstown Theater Festival, Massachusetts, 1994; Wienkelwiese Theater, Zurich, 1995; Theater "J", Washington DC, 1998; La-Mama Theater, New York, 1998); Freie Buhne Theater, Vienna, 2000; Salt Pillar Theater, Melbourne, 2000; Bamah Theater, Berlin, 2002 
The Donkey of Oz (children) [Library Theater, Ramat Gan]
Pollard [Cameri, 1995]
Loves at Bitania (TV drama) [Israel TV, 1993]
Kastner`s Trial (TV drama) [Israel TV, 1994]            
Autumn [Beit Lessin, 1996; Heilbronn Theater, Germany, 1996; La-Mama Theater, New York, 1996; Duke University Drama Program, 1997; Georgetown University Drama Program, 2001] 
Bus 300 (TV drama) [Israeli TV, 1997]            
Egoz (TV drama) [Israel TV, 1998]
The Murder of Isaac [Heilbronn Theater, Germany, 1999]
The Institute (TV drama) [Israel TV 2, 2000]            
A Battle in Jerusalem (TV drama) [Israel TV1, 2002]            
Coming Home [Tzavta Festival, 2003; Heilbronn Theater (part of Gegensetien, 2003; Golden Thread Theater, San Francisco, 2003]
Hard Love [Haifa Theater, 2003]
The Silence of the Sirens (TV feature film) [Israel TV2, 2003]           
Passing the Love of Women [Habimah, 2003; Theater "J", Washington, DC, 2004]  

Books in Translation
English: Tel Aviv, Israeli Theater Institute, 1986            


Motti Lerner

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
The second edition of the Letters of Israel festival will take place in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017
After the success of its first edition, the Lettres d'Israël festival is gaining momentum, with an enriched program: meetings, conversations, readings , Theater, major authors and discoveries. Zeruya Shalev, Orly Castel-bloom, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Iris Argaman, and many more will participate. Click here for the full program:
Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
Ambassador Yizhak Mayer, author of the moving book “Silent Letter” will hold a “meet the author” event in Netanya. For further info about the event: And for more details about the title click here:
ITHL director on Grossman's win
"Grossman winning is not only his own achievement, but the achievement of the Hebrew literature as a whole", - Nilli Cohen on the first Hebrew author to receive Man Booker International Prize. Click here for the full article in Hebrew.
Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
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