With the theater doors locked: Actor Rami Baruch is making history in China


Pride of the Israeli Theater: Rami Baruch, the actor of the Cameri Theater, announced yesterday that he had won the main actor award among the “Magnolia” awards, in a ceremony held today, the 30th year in Shanghai. Baruch, 65, won the prestigious award for starring in the role of the old man (played by Yosef Carmon for eight years) in the play “Eshkava”, by the late Hanoch Levin, which was presented by the Cameri last year in the giant city. Next to him, “The Old Woman” (in place of Zaharira Harifai), “had” to settle for a respectable candidacy in itself for her role in the play.

The excitement at the Baruch family home in Tel Aviv began to rise a few hours before the announcement of the win, when large-scale photos of the two actors arrived, as they were experienced on the streets of Shanghai. “Then I am suddenly informed ‘You have won!'” Baruch recalls, “and I am given the photo of the winning statuette. Apparently, I have a special luck with Hanoch Levin. My two wins in Israel for the theater award were for my performances in his plays’ The Whore from Ohio ‘and’ The Rite My heart, of course also in the Cameri. ” Baruch adds: “This time it is also a monetary prize, although there is no chance that it will come close to the amounts that their golden hair earned in China. What comes, will help in the drought of the corona periods.”

Esti Kosowitzky is nominated for an award in China (Photo: Private Photography)

“The truth? – I did not expect such a surprise,” says Baruch with a growl of his heart. “So much so that I had to turn off the player’s engines recently and I’m constantly on absorption standby.” Explains the Corona period, and adds that comparing: “If you continue the atmosphere of Yom Kippur – it’s as if I was serving in ’73 in one of the canal strongholds, and shells are constantly landing on us.” Baruch emphasizes: “Suddenly such news arrives, which sounds delusional against the background of what we are going through here – suddenly an audience in a faraway land knows how to appreciate us and even salute us. What an honor not only to Esti and me, but also to the Cameri, Hanoch Levin and the entire Israeli theater!”

“Forget us,” you say?
“Indeed, in all the wars so far they have sent us, the actors and singers, to raise morale, in all sorts of outposts and strongholds. And here is a war going on, albeit without shells, but with fatal blows and it does not occur to anyone to use us to raise morale, In a sketch, or in a story. “

If you change the mood, Baruch was not entirely surprised by his win. “I had performed before with ‘Eshkava’ in China, so it was in Beijing,” he says. On the flight to see his show – at the end of the show, dozens of young people were waiting for us, and not only asked to be photographed with us, which is not unusual in the selfie era, but also asked us to sign their plans, something that has long gone out of fashion. ” By the way, Baruch says: “After the tickets ran out, speculators tried their luck. One of them also offered me. ‘I’m fine,’ I told him.”

Hanoch Levin (Photo: Gadi Dagon)Hanoch Levin (Photo: Gadi Dagon)

After the Gospel from China Why Do You Land?
“I am a realistic person and not surprised to land in a reality where the theater has been completely closed for half a year,” he says. “In mid-October I was supposed to attend a rehearsal for the performance of ‘Otz Li Gutz Li’,” in which he played the character of Fook for many years: “After all, Hanukkah is on the horizon and we are always called to the flag. And this time? With zero hope and zero salary. “

so what are we doing?
“Readers, readers, readers – books I haven’t been close to for years, now it’s time. I feel like I’d signed up for history, literature and philosophy at the University of Life at once,” he concludes: “It’s good that the Chinese reminded me that I’m an actor.”

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