By Motti Lerner
Directed by Sinai Peter
Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre 
March 24-April 17, 2016


This explosive world premiere from the writer and director who brought you The Admission tells the story of Joel, a world-renowned concert pianist and Israeli anti-war expatriate who returns to Tel Aviv after 18 years to perform with the Israeli Philharmonic. But as protestors agitate to cancel the performance, deep ideological differences between Joel, his estranged son Izzy, and his hot-tempered brother Freddie quickly turn the family homecoming to all-out battle. Set against the wrenching sadness and climactic beauty of Beethoven’s PathétiqueAfter the War is a crucial new play about an artist’s responsibility to his embattled country, and his family’s tough response to calls for peace in the wake of a costly war. 

Run time: 2 hours.


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Motti Lerner


Motti Lerner (Playwright)

Motti Lerner is one of Israel's most lauded playwrights and screenwriters, and most produced playwrights internationally, with recent productions in the US, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, South Africa, Australia, Canada and India. He is the author of Kastner, Pangs of the Messiah, Paula, and Pollard, all originally produced by the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv; Exile in Jerusalem and Passing The Love of Women first produced at Habima National Theatre; Autumn at Beit Lessin Theatre, Tel Aviv; Hard Love at the Municipal Theatre in Haifa; and The Hastening of The End at the Khan Theatre in Jerusalem. His play The Murder of Isaac was first produced at Heilbron Theatre in Germany, Centerstage Theatre in Baltimore, and at Tel Aviv University Theatre; Benedictus first produced by Golden Thread Theatre in San Francisaco; In the Dark by Chingari Theatre in Delhi (2011); Paulus by Silk Road Rising Theater in Chicago; and The Admission at Theater J in Washington DC, which has produced five other works of his since 1998. Screenplays for produced Israeli films include Loves in Betania; The Kastner Trial; Bus Number 300; Egoz; 12 episodes of the TV drama series The Institute; A Battle in Jerusalem; The Silence of the Sirens; Altalena; Spring 1941; and Kapo in Jerusaelm. He is recipient of the Best Play Award (1985) and the Israeli Motion Picture Academy Award for Best TV Drama in 1995 and in 2004. He won the Prime Minister’s of Israel Award for his creative work (1994) and the Landau Prize for the Performing Arts (2014).  He is author of the books According To Chekhov (2011) and The Playwright's Purpose (2015), both available in English. He has taught playwriting at Duke University, Knox College, and was a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. After The War, his latest work, was workshopped at Seminar Hakibbutzim and Habima Theatre this past spring, and will receive its world premiere staging at Mosaic Theater Company of DC in March, 2016. 

Sinai Peter


Sinai Peter (Director)

Sinai Peter is an actor, director, and lecturer, originally from Tel Aviv. He has served as Artistic Director of the Haifa Municipal Theater (2000-05). Acting credits include Suru, Yona, and Beyond the Sea (film), as well Hatufim and Eliezer Ben Yeuda (TV). Directing credits include Return to Haifa (Hakameri Theater); Arturo UI, Transfer, and Grounded (Haifa Theater); Machinal, The New Jerusalem, and Man Equals Man (Khan Theater); The Peacock of Silwan (Jaffa Theater); Pangs of the Messiah, The Accident, and The Admission (Theater J). He teaches theater at Seminar Hakibutzim and at the college HaGalilee Hama`aravi. This spring he is teaching as a visitor professor at American University.

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