Anat Gov 1953-2012

The Cameri Theatre and the Institute of Israeli Drama are shocked and profoundly saddened by the untimely passing of playwright Anat Gov

Anat Gov (photo by Inbal Marmari)

Anat Gov died in her home after a long and heroic battle with cancer

Anat Gov was one of the foremost playwrights at the Cameri Theatre and in Israeli theatre. In the past decade her plays have been performed on the Cameri’s stages: Happy Ending (2011), A Warm Family (2009), Oh, My God! (2008), Househusband (2004), Lysistrata 2000 (2001), and Best Friends (1999).

Ironically, a reading of Best Friends was held earlier this week with Cameri Theatre and Beit Lessin Theatre actresses with the aim of co-producing the play in the coming months.

“To be or not to be. That is not the question. The question is how to be”. (From Happy Ending)

Anat Gov was born in 1953 in Tiberias. She was married, and had three children and two granddaughters.

She graduated the Theatre Track at the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts, and did her army service in the Nahal Entertainment Troupe. She studied at the Tel Aviv University Department of Theatre Arts.

Writing for television: Zehu Ze (Educational TV, 1981-1991), Yes, What? (comedy series, Channel One), Evening With Gov (Channel Two), and Best Friends (drama series, HOT).

Writing for theatre: Love to Death (1991, Jerusalem Khan Theatre), Best Friends (1999, Cameri Theatre), which won the 2000 Israeli Theatre Award for Best Comedy, Lysistrata 2000 (2001, Cameri Theatre), Opposing Sides, a joint project of Israeli and Palestinian playwrights for Theater Heilbronn in Germany (2003), Househusband (Cameri Theatre), which won the 2004 Israeli Theatre Award for Best Comedy, The Troupe, a stage adaptation of the musical (2007, Habima National Theatre), Oh, My God! (2008, Cameri Theatre), A Warm Family (2009, Cameri Theatre), Happy Ending (2012, Cameri Theatre).

Translations: Via Dolorosa by David Hare, and Mother Courage by Bertolt Brecht (Cameri Theatre).

She was a columnist for the daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, and one of the founders of the Ezrat Nashim organization for victims of sexual assault.

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