Motti Lerner

Motti Lerner is playwright and screenwriter born in Israel in 1949. Most of his plays and films deal with political themes. Among his plays are: KastnerPangs of the Messiah, Paula, and Pollard, in the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv; Exile in Jerusalem, Passing The Love of Women and Doing his Will in Habima National Theatre, Autumn in the Beit Lessin Theatre, Tel Aviv, Hard Love in the Municipal Theatre in Haifa, and The Hastening of The End in the Khan Theatre in Jerusalem. The Admission in Jaffa Theater, I Was There in Tzavta Theatre.  Among his production in Europe: Kastner, Autumn, The Muder of Isaac in Heilbronn Theater, Germany, Exile in Jerusalem in Stuttgart, Berlin and Vienna, Hard Love in Rome and Berlin. His American productions include The Murder of Isaac in Centerstage Theatre in Baltimore (2006), Passing The Love of Women in Theater J in DC (2004), Pangs of the Messiah in Theater J (2007), in Silk Road Rising in Chicago (2009), Theater of Ideas, NY (2011) Benedictus in Golden Thread Theatre in San Francisaco (2007) and in Theater J (2009), Paulus in Silk Road Rising (2013), Hard Love in TACT, NY, The Admission in Theater J (2014), After The War in Mosaic Theater Company in DC (2016). He wrote the screenplays for the films: Loves in Betania, The Kastner Trial, Bus Number 300, Egoz, the 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 a recipient of the best play award (1985), and the Israeli Motion Picture Academy award for the 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). His plays have been produced in the US, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, South Africa, Australia, Canada and India. He wrote the books According To Chekhov (2011) and The Playwright’s Purpose (2015). He taught playwriting at Tel Aviv University and the Kibbutz College in Tel Aviv, at Duke University, North Carolina 1997, Knox College, Illinois 2005, 2007, 2012 and was a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 2010.