Joshua Sobol

Joshua Sobol

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Joshua Sobol, also known as Yehoshua Sobol (יהושע סובול) (Born Tel Aviv, 1939), is an Israeli playwright, writer and director at theatres in Israel and abroad. He is married to Edna, set and costume designer. They have a daughter, Neta, and a son, Yahli (who is a well-known singer and writer).

Education and early career

Sobol studied at the Sorbonne, Paris, and graduated with a diploma in philosophy. His first play was performed in 1971 by the Municipal Theatre in Haifa, where Sobol worked from 1984 to 1988 as a playwright and later as assistant artistic director. The performance of his play The Jerusalem Syndrome, in January 1988, led to widespread protests across the whole country, whereupon Sobol resigned from his post as artistic director and turned to devoting himself exclusively to writing.

International career

Sobol's international career started in 1983 with the Haifa production of his play Weininger's Night (The Soul of a Jew), which was invited to participate in the official part of the Edinburgh Festival.

Between 1983 and 1989 Sobol wrote three related plays: Ghetto, Adam and Underground, which constitute together The Ghetto triptich.

Ghetto became world famous shortly after its premiere in Haifa in May 1984. The play won the Israeli David's Harp...
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