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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            


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