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Israel's Theatre of Confrontation
World Literature Today (1986)
  • Emanuel Rubin, UMASS Amherst

Following Israel's victory in the "Six-Day War" a sense of jubilation permeated Israeli society. Far from participating in that mood, Israeli playwrights took an aggressively critical stance, objecting that life in Israel was becoming misguidedly hedonistic as a result of that success and was straying from the ideals on which the country was founded. Following a brief look at the national context, several important plays confronting Israeli theater-goers are traced over the following years with special attention to the 1983-84 season, in an attempt to explain the point of view of selected playwrights as well as that of the public and incensed officials.

  • Israel,
  • Theater,
  • Theatre,
  • Social Criticism,
  • Six-Day War
Publication Date
January 1, 1986
Citation Information
Emanuel Rubin. "Israel's Theatre of Confrontation" World Literature Today (1986)
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