Playwright, director and writer Edna Mazia passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer.
Mazia was considered one of the most successful playwrights in Israeli theater, a groundbreaking woman, who wrote and directed some of the most successful plays in Israel and gained international recognition. One of the partnerships identified with her was with her good friend Anat Gov, z"l. The two worked together for years and Edna directed all of Gove's plays, including Best Friends and Happy Endings.
Mazia began her professional career as a screenwriter, and in collaboration with the late Amos Gutman wrote the screenplays for "Infected", "Bar 51" and "King Himo of Jerusalem".
She began her career in the theater world in 1991 at the Haifa Theater, when she wrote "Vienna by the Sea" and in 1993 she wrote her most identified play, which was an unprecedented success: "Playing in the Backyard", a play written following the gang rape affair in Shomrat. The play premiered at the Haifa Theater directed by Oded Kotler and later at the Cameri Theater directed by Noam Shmuel and at the Baruch Ivcher Beit Lisin Theater directed by Ido Rosenberg. Mazia wrote and directed for many years at the Cameri Theater, where fruitful partnerships were forged with the late director Omri Nitzan, who directed most of her plays, including "My Family Story" and "The Rebels" – for which she won the Theater Award as Playwright of the Year, which dealt with her personal family story. "Was or Wasn't" – he also had a film script together with Alona Kimhi, "The Aristocrats", "Pregnancy" and more.
In recent years she worked at the Baruch Ivcher Beit Lisin Theater, where she wrote "Zug" directed by Ilan Ronen, which deals with emotional violence by a husband against his wife. And these days Beit Lisin is rehearsing Stampagno, a play she adapted into Sholem Aleichem's classic novel that will be staged at the end of January.
Mazia also wrote several children's books for her grandchildren: "Grandma Again", "Adventure in the Theater", "Child Day Child Child Night", "What to Do with Grandma" and "Cocololi", as well as books for adults, "Family Affair" and "Outbreak X".
Her funeral will take place on Wednesday at 11:30 in the Moshav Nahalal cemetery.
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