Benghazi Bergen-Belsen

March 23 - April 09, 2017


The Downstairs | 66 E 4th Street

Thursday to Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 3PM

70 Minutes

Written and Conceived by Lahav Timor
Based on the novel by Yossi Sucary
Directed by Michal Gamily
Translated by Inbal Timor
A No Visa Production
Theater | World Premiere

Benghazi Bergen-Belsen is an original play based on the novel of the same name by Yossi Sucary. Tracing the story of the holocaust of the Jews of Libya, the play gives voice to a larger cultural narrative that is conspicuously absent from prevalent stories of the Jewish holocaust. By citing the marginalized racial politics of the holocaust, the show urges a reconsidering of both historical and contemporary religious, cultural, and racial oppression and violence. Underscoring the contemporary urgency of the story, the play features both historical and present-day images of New York, Europe, Syria, Africa, and the Middle East.

Lily Leah Azrielant
Mohammad Bakri
Veracity Butcher
Michal Gamily
Ayelet Kaznelson
Giacomo Rocchini
Mouna  R’miki
Vincent Santvoord
Production Team
Music Composed by: Avi Bellei
Light Designer : Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
Set Designer: Gian Marco Lo Forte
Choreographer: Maya Bitan
Costume Designer: Angela Wendt
Technical Direction: Eyal Peleg
Stage Manager:Karen Oughtred
Production Assistant: Maya Bitan

Press for Benghazi Bergen-Belsen

"Benghazi Bergen-Belsen takes on some of the heaviest possible topics with a delicate balance, simultaneously poetic and devastating....Composer Avi Belleli's score is magnificent: atmospheric while rooted in reality, and climatic during moments of tension without being disruptive... In 70 poetic minutes, the deeply personal tale of a young woman's Holocaust journey will leave you enthralled with the beauty of the survivors' love, their strength, and their unsurmountable pain, during one of humanity's darkest moments." - Ran Xia, Theatre Is Easy

Benghazi Bergen-Belsen Talkbacks 

Friday, March 24th

with Benghazi Bergen-Belsen Author Yossi Sucary
Yossi Sucary is an Israeli author. Yossi writes in a universal perspective about issues of identity and place. His books deal with meta physical questions, as well as with socio-political question of Oriental Jews in Israel and world-wide. Yossi has received a number of exclusive literature prizes for his work: the Brenner Prize for Hebrew Literature, the Prime Minister Prize for Hebrew Literature, and the Washington Israeli Institute Prize.
Yossi’s books are taught at many universities in Israel. His latest book, “From Benghazi to Bergen-Belsen,” tells the story of the Holocaust of Oriental Jewry and was chosen by the Ministry of Education to be part of the Holocaust curriculum for high school students in Israel.
Yossi is a philosophy teacher focusing on analytical and continental philosophy of the 20th century.

Sunday, March 26th

Moderated by Alisa Solomon
Alisa Solomon teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she directs the Arts & Culture concentration in the MA program. A theater critic and general reporter for the Village Voice from 1983 to 2004, she has also contributed to The New York Times, The Nation,, Tablet, The Forward,,, American Theater, TDR – The Drama Review, and other publications. Her first book, Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theater and Gender, won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism.