I am my mother’s only son. On the day of my mother’s funeral, I found in a shoebox with her life’s diaries. Next to them, I found a letter. For twenty-five years I have kept the diaries with me. I can’t let them go– they are asking me to bring them to life. The play illuminates my childhood relationship with a mother who lived in two distinct and parallel worlds: our shared reality and the world of fantasy – a world of anguish and illusion, saturated with false delusions.
This is a rare opportunity to be share the inner world of a woman and mother who lived with schizophrenia, a serious mental illness, and who documented and left behind a raw account of her true-life experiences.
The play is about a mother’s dream: is this really just an illusion, or maybe just a mask she wears just like the actor does on stage.
During the play, I discover that the choices I made in my life may actually part of a legacy and journey to fulfill the will/ dream that my mother left me.
In the play I give Mother’s Diaries life. I give my mom life through me.
Dreams are meant to come true!
Amitai Kedar was born in Toronto and grow up on a Kibbutz in Israel. He is a graduate of Tel Aviv University’s School of Performing Arts and has appeared in numerous film, television and live theatre productions in Israel, Europe, and the United States. His film credits include the Oscar-winning Son of Saul (Hungary 2016). Theatre roles include Habima’s (Israeli National theatre) production of The Dybbuk, a North American national tour of the Gershwin musical My One and Only and for Folksbiene Yiddish Thetare in NYC. For Yiddishpiel (the Yiddish theater in Israel) he starred in numerous shows, such as Tzei Kuni Lemmel and Oedipus Schmoedipus, a stage adaptation of New York Stories, in which he played Woody Allen. 2019 Amitai was playing the role of Shimon Peres in Toronto (Studio 180 and Mirvish production) of the Tony award winner “Oslo”.
*The play will be conducted in English
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