Israeli play comes to Montreal


MONTREAL – Israeli actress Adi Bielski will bring her award-winning, multi-character performance in An Israeli Love Story to the Montreal stage on Sept. 11.

Bielksi won the Israeli Best Actress Award in Fringe Theatre in 2008 for her work in the monodrama and has brought the characters to life more than 250 times.

An Israeli Love Story was written in 2008 by Pnina Gary, the accomplished Israeli actress and theatre director, about her experiences as a young woman.

The play is set in the summer of 1942 and depicts the relationship between Margalit and Ami, a Kibbutznik and Palmach soldier, in pre-independence Israel. The male character is based on Gary’s fiancé, Eli Ben-Zvi, (son of the second president of Israel, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi) who was killed in the 1948 War of Independence a few days before their wedding date.

“This is not just my personal story,” Gary said. “It is the story of almost every one of us. I wanted to erect a modest monument to commemorate those wonderful young men who were really and truly prepared to die so that the state of Israel could be born.”

An Israeli Love Story will be performed at the F.C. Smith Auditorium twice on Sept. 11: the 2:30 p.m. matinee will be in English and the 7:30 p.m. show will be in Hebrew. It will be presented by the Jewish Public Library and the Consulate General of Israel in Montreal. For more information, call (514) 345-2627 extension 3017 or go to

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