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Dror Keren

Theatre Director/ Writer

Bio

Born 1964 in Afula, Dror Keren is an actor, playwright, director and dubber. Keren directed an adaptation of “A Horse Walks Into a Bar”, David Grossman’s Man Booker Award-winning novel (2017), for The Cameri Theatre of Tel-Aviv, in which he also portrays the main character. The production won three main prizes at the 2018 Israeli Theatre Awards: Best Original Play, Best Production of an original play and Best Actor in a leading role. In 2015 Keren wrote and directed “On the Grill” (2015) for The Cameri Theatre of Tel-Aviv. The play was awarded Best Original Play in the Israeli Theatre Awards of that year, and in June  2018 it had its international premieree, at the Dobama Theater in Cleavland, US, directed by Leighann Delorenzo .

Keren, a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, has been leading a fruitful acting career for almost two decades. He participated in many of The Cameri Theatre of Tel-Aviv’s productions in the last 18 years: “To the End of the Land” by David Grossman, “Servant of Two Masters” by Carlo Goldoni, “Requiem” by Hanoch Levin, “The Good Person of Szechwan” by Bertolt Brecht and more. In Habima Theatre, he participated in “Those Who Walk in the Darkness” by Hanoch Levin, and in Gesher Theatre, in “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” by Tom Stoppard and in “Tartuffe” by Moliere. Keren who has also been working extensively in the Israeli TV and Movie industry, is a 3 time winner of the Israeli Academy of Film and Television prize for best actor.

A Horse Walks Into a Bar, The Cameri Theatre, Trailer

 

“On the Grill” is the essence of the Israeli existential – not political – despair. It is the right and duty of an artist to manifest it on stage, for those are the exact moments that the stage exists for… Keren excels in bringing the collective combat stress experience to the stage

Michael Handelzaltz, Ha’aretz, on “On the Grill”

Everyone is this cast kicks a**… There are so many themes that permeate this piece. I can tell you that the trigger words “border”, “immigrant”, and the discussion of military conflicts, are still with me…Thank you for sharing this story. It’s a damn good play

Kevin Kelly, Cleveland Stage Alliance, on “On the Grill” at Dobama Thaeter

  • A Horse Walks Into a Bar, The Cameri Theatre, photo: Gerard Alon
    A Horse Walks Into a Bar, The Cameri Theatre, photo: Gerard Alon
  • A Horse Walks Into a Bar, The Cameri Theatre, photo: Gerard Alon
    A Horse Walks Into a Bar, The Cameri Theatre, photo: Gerard Alon
  • A Horse Walks Into a Bar, The Cameri Theatre, photo: Gerard Alon
    A Horse Walks Into a Bar, The Cameri Theatre, photo: Gerard Alon
  • Grilling, The Caneri Theatre, photo: Gadi Dagon
    Grilling, The Caneri Theatre, photo: Gadi Dagon
  • Grilling, The Caneri Theatre, photo: Gadi Dagon
    Grilling, The Caneri Theatre, photo: Gadi Dagon
  • Grilling, The Caneri Theatre, photo: Gadi Dagon
    Grilling, The Caneri Theatre, photo: Gadi Dagon

A fascinating show, which creates an electric roller-coaster of situations and emotions, and ultimately, provides a piercing, profound human experience. This is how you turn a literary masterpiece into an unforgettable play

Shay Bar Ya’acov, Ynet, on “A Horse Walks Into a Bar

 

On the Grill, The Cameri Theatre, Trailer

In many ways, ‘A Horse Walks Into a Bar’ is a theatrical gem; it has an admirable dramatic and stage precision that manifests both as a whole and in its details

Idit Suslik, City Mouse, on “A Horse Walks Into a Bar”

…a superb script which gets a superb performance. This eye-opening delving into Israel, its joys, fears and projections into the future of the Jewish homeland, is an evening of theatre not to be missed. It can only be hoped that the show will be presented in other venues, including a New York production. This is theater at its finest!

Roy Berko, Broadway World, on “On the Grill” at Dobama Theater