On November 5 there was a festive launch of an anthology of four plays by Hanoch Levin. This is the first time texts of Levin are published in Chinese.
The plays in the anthology are Requiem, Suitcase Packers, The Slut from Ohio and Yaacoby And Leidental.
The actress Lilian Barreto was the guest of honor at the launch, which was held under the auspices of the Israeli Embassy in Beijing.
The Chinese audience knew the plays Requiem and Suitcase Packers when the productions of the Cameri Theater were performed in China; But this is the first time that Chinese directors and actors will be able to perform the dialogues in their own language.
The first production of “Yaakobi and Leidental” will take place in December. Commercial Press, considered one of China’s leading publishing houses, plans to publish additional plays.
The Hanoch Levin Institute for Israeli Playwriting, which promotes production rights for Levin plays abroad, says that anthologies of Hanoch Levin’s plays have already been published in Poland, France, Slovakia and, in the future, Germany. It has been translated into 15 languages, including Romanian, Portuguese, French, Serbian, Slovenian, Russian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, German, Turkish, Chinese and English. The play “Requiem” was performed in Romania, Brazil, Serbia, Slovenia, Russia, France and Mexico.