Waiting for Godot

The most important text from Absurdist theatre – there could be no better opening of a festival of the absurd. Ilan Ronen’s reinterpretation of the text is remarkably political. It harmonizes fully with Jaffa Theatre’s vision of promoting tolerance between Jews and Arabs in the mixed city of Jaffa, Israel. Vladimir and Estragon are reinterpreted as two Palestinians construction workers. Two Jewish-Israeli actors play the roles of Pozzo and Lucky. Instead of Beckett’s monumental tree, a cement pillar rests above the seemingly pointless hustle and bustle.

»Excellent acting, a bilingual production with two Arab-Palestinian actors and two Jewish Israeli actors, the adaptation emphasizes the humor in Beckett’s play alongside the tragedy […] of it.«  Maya Ashri »Ha’aretz«


Jaffa Theatre was established in 1998 in the historic port city of Jaffa. The theater’s mission is to promote cross-cultural understanding and artistic exchange between Arab and Jewish communities through bi-lingual plays, cultural projects, workshops, festivals, and educational programming. Jaffa Theatre has received several awards for this work. The theatre holds 3 major annual festivals: The Jaffa Children’s Festival, Theatroneto and The Festival of Arab Culture

Ilan Ronen was born in Ein Gev and served as director of the Habima The National Theatre of Israel from 2004-2016, as well as president of the Union Theatres of Europe from 2011-2015. Since 2017, Ilan Ronen has been directing plays for a variety of theatres.

Menashe Noy is a film, TV and theatre actor and graduate of the department of film and TV at Tel Aviv University. Noy has received notable awards such as the 2014 Best Actor Award at Jerusalem Film Festival and the 2002 Excellence Award at Cannes Film Festival.

Rassan Ashkar is a graduate of the Anat Barzilay Acting School in Tel Aviv. He has acted at several theatres including The Hebrew Theatre and Jaffa Theatre as well as in film and television productions including »Ajami«, »Junction 48«, »Arab Labor«, »Fawda« and the »1980’s Years«.

Doron Tavori has performed in over 80 productions in Israel since 1974 and has received several prizes including the Rosenblum Prize for the Performing Arts and the Kinor David Prize. He has taught acting and directing at Tel Aviv University’s Theatre Department for the past four years.

Murad Hassan holds a B.A. from the Theatre Department at Haifa University. He was nominated for best actor at the 2016 Fringe Awards and acts at many fringe theatres.

Concept and Direction
Ilan Ronen

Samuel Beckett

Menashe Noy, Rassan Ashkar, Doron Tavory, Murad Hassan, Ashkar Yacob

© Jaffa Theater

Ilan Ronen

© Jaffa Theater

Menashe Noy

© Jaffa Theater

Murad Hassan

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Fri 24 April 19:30

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18 € | 14 €

1 hour 45 minutes

In Arabic and Hebrew. With German and English surtitles