VG’s Hard Love

From July ’06 Spotlight: In May, I wrote that Israeli playwright Motti Lerner was hoping to arrange a local production of his controversial new play The Murder of Isaac during his recent stint as a visiting professor at Knox College in Galesburg. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough time to pull all the pieces together, but Motti’s friend Diane Gilboa, Artistic Director and co-founder of Theatre Or, has stepped in with an exciting “plan B” – she is bringing Lerner’s Hard Love to the Victory Gardens Theater from August 5 to August 20.

In Hard Love, “Lerner examines two Israelis in a life-and-death struggle with the choices they have made and the ones they must make,” says Director Jeffery West of Duke University. “This battle between love and faith resonates with all cultures where the ultra-religious and the secular coexist.” Gilboa will play “Hannah,” the role she created in runs at the Common Ground Theatre in Durham and the Stoneleaf Festival in Asheville. Jeffrey Blair Cornell will repeat his performance as “Zvi” from the same acclaimed productions.

Theatre Or is based in North Carolina where Gilboa and West first met Lerner when he was a visiting instructor at Duke in 1997. For more information, visit the website:

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