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Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Winner of the 2003 Best Israeli Play Award


Nava, a successful attorney, wants to completely remodel the house, while her husband Joel, a newspaper columnist obsessed with Tel Aviv’s Bauhaus architectural heritage, doesn’t want to change a thing about it. Deep down, their motivation is really the same. Until they finally come to terms with that, there can be no resolution.

The Master of the House received the 2003 Israel Theatre Academy Award for Best Play after it debuted at The Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv, and is still running there today after nearly 700 performances.

About the Playwright

Shmuel Hasfari has been one of Israel’s leading playwrights of the last 25 years and currently serves as resident playwright and director of one of its oldest, largest and most-respected theatre companies, The Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv, for which he once served as Artistic Director. Born in 1954 in Tel Aviv, Israel, to a religious family, he began to study theater at Tel Aviv University, but left the university along with a group of students who, in 1981, performed at the Alternative Theater Festival in Acre. The next year they received first prize. His works are often controversial, due to the unvarnished image of Israeli society reflected in his plays. His 1986 play, The Last Secular Jew, a satirical cabaret depicting the apocalyptic vision of Israel as the tyrannical theocracy of Judea, was banned by the Israeli Censorship Board but the subsequent public furor led to the abolition of play censorship by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Among his many other plays are Kiddush, Shiva, Hamets, Acordions, Tashmad and Milano.

*About the Director

*Richard Stein assumed the top executive post at The Laguna Playhouse in March 1990. In partnership with Artistic Director Andrew Barnicle, who joined the company the following year, Rick has played a leading role in The Laguna Playhouse’s transformation from an amateur theatre to its current position as one of the region’s most respected non-profit professional theatres. Rick’s directorial credits with the company include a wide range of productions: the world premieres of Jon Marans’ Jumping for Joy and David Drummond’s The Labors of Hercules, the American premiere of Michael Weller’s What the Night is For, the West Coast premieres of Bryony Lavery’s Last Easter, Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays With Morrie, Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things, the Southern California premiere of Richard Dresser’s Gun-Shy, and productions of Jon Marans’ Old Wicked Songs, Arthur Miller’s The Price, Giles Havergal’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s Travels With My Aunt, Jeremy Brooks and Adrian Mitchel’s adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s _A Child’s Christmas in Wales.


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