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Gabriel Emanuel is a Canadian born playwright and author of a collection of poetry (“Magical Trains/Strange Fire” Shofar Press/Amazon). In 1978 he co-founded the Nephesh Theatre Company, Canada’s only professional Jewish Theatre company, with director Howard Rypp. “Children of Night” starring legendary Canadian Actor/Director, John Juliani premiered at The Bathurst Street Theatre following which it was showcased in New York City at the First International Jewish Theatre Festival featuring Len Cariou and Lou Jacobi.

In 1979, “Children of Night” was remounted at the Manitoba Theatre Centre starring Paul Kligman. “Nobody’s Fool” also starring Kligman and Native Canadian Actor Johnny Yesno, appeared at The Bayview Playhouse in 1980. “P.S. THE CHEQUE IS IN THE MAIL” followed at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille.
Nephesh Theatre relocated to Israel in in the 1980’s and produced Emanuel’s “IF YOU WILL IT”, a musical play about the extraordinary life of Theodore Herzl.

Gabriel Emanuel’s most popular play, “EINSTEIN”, which premiered at the Toronto Workshop Productions (TWP) in 1985 has been translated into more than a dozen languages and continues to be performed around the world.
“THE GOLEM OF PRAGUE”, premiered at the International Children’s Theatre Festival in Haifa, Israel in 2008.
In April, 2012, a newly adapted 3 character version of “CHILDREN OF NIGHT” won a South America wide play competition and opened the 2nd annual Mostra festival at the Centro da Cultura Judaica in Sao Paolo.

In 2013, “MR. BEGIN”, about the controversial life of Israeli Prime Minister,Menahem Begin, premiered at the Menahem Begin Center in Jerusalem and continues to be performed throughout Israel.
In 2015, “EINSTEIN”, starring India’s most celebrated actor, Naseeruddin Shah, highlighted the Prithvi Theatre Festival in Mumbai, India.

In 2016, “MARK TWAIN IN THE HOLY LAND”was selected to appear at the Jerusalem Festival of Plays and in April, 2018″MARK TWAIN, LIVE IN BOMBAY!”, starring Vinay Sharma, returns to the Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai, and to the Padatik Theatre of Calcutta.

EINSTEIN and CHILDREN of NIGHT have been published by Playwrights Union of Canada and a 2nd edition by Simon & Pierre with a foreword by John C. Polyani, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics.
EINSTEIN, CHILDREN of NIGHT, THE GOLEM of PRAGUE, MR. BEGIN and MARK TWAIN in the HOLYLAND and LIVE IN BOMBAY can all be obtained by contacting the playwrightsguild.ca



EINSTEIN and CHILDREN of NIGHT have been published by Playwrights Union of Canada and a 2nd edition by Simon & Pierre with a foreword by John C. Polyani, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics.

EINSTEIN, CHILDREN of NIGHT, THE GOLEM of PRAGUE, MR. BEGIN and MARK TWAIN in the HOLYLAND can be obtained by contacting the playwrightsguild.ca

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EINSTEIN virtually from the day it opened at Toronto Workshop Productions in 1985, starring the late Canadian actor Peter Boretski and directed by Jack Blum, Einstein has been playing in some theatre or country around the world. It has been translated into a dozen languages and has appeared at Israel’s national Habima Theatre (Misha Asharov, director Howard Rypp), in several of the United States starring Chris Brittain, in Mexico where actor Patricio Castillo won an award for Best Actor (director Bruno Schwebel), Chile (starring Nisim Sharim Paz), Brazil (Carlos Palma winning an award for Best Actor), Portugal (Fernando Jorge Lopes) and has enjoyed other productions in Argentina, Spain, India, Pakistan, Dubai and more. In 2008, Einstein was remounted by the Nephesh Theatre Company in Israel starring Victor Attar, directed by Howard Rypp. The play toured at the La Mama Theatre in New York City, Winnipeg’s Jewish Theatre and made several other stops in North America. Also, in 2008, Carlos Palma and the ACP theatre company of Brazil celebrated 10 years of performing Einstein!  In 2014, India’s famed Naseeruddin Shah starred in the Motley Theatre Group’s production of “Einstein” at the Prithvi Theatre of New Delhi.  The play was chosen by critics as the first of the 5 best new plays to appear in 2014.

(Brazil’s Carlos Palma as “Einstein”)

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Patricio Castillo (Mexico City, 1994)

Victor Attar as Einstein

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Chicago, May 2017


One-man show delves into Einstein’s complex life



Most folks know of Albert Einstein — even after his death more than 50 years ago. He’s a household name because of his keen scientific mind, said Fran Jansta.

But many may not know the struggles he went through as a Jew during Nazi Germany, as well as his philosophy of peace, Jansta said.

Those who come to see Jansta, of Antioch, portray Einstein in a one-man play at PM&L Theatre June 9-10, will learn more about the originator of the theory of relativity, both as a man and a scientist.

“Einstein: A Play In Two Acts,” written by Gabriel Emanuel, depicts Einstein as a 70-year-old sharing experiences from his early childhood to his scientific discoveries and his struggles with the issue of peace amid the nuclear age.

Jansta is a veteran PM&L actor and director who was awarded best lead actor for his portrayal of Fagin in last season’s “Oliver!”

Jansta said when he retired last year that he wanted to take the scary plunge into a one-man play. His wife, Trish Jansta, who retired a year earlier, portrayed Shirley Valentine in a one-woman play last year.

The one-person shows are produced by Mother Road Productions, owned by John Haderlein of Libertyville. Haderlein, an actor while not working as an attorney, said he’s wanted to produce such plays for a while.

“I tapped one of my friends to do our first show, called ‘Barrymore’s Ghost,’ and then I finally got the courage to do Clarence Darrow,” at Three Brothers Theatre,” he said.

“It’s not about the sets or the costumes. It’s about the writing and the acting. When you get one person up there for two acts, pouring their heart out, it becomes about the strength of the acting and the writing. I’m very fascinated with that,” he said.

Jansta, who loves science, approached Haderlein about doing the Einstein play more than a year ago. Jansta underwent bypass surgery while rehearsing, recuperated and then returned to finish rehearsing and get the play scheduled at PM&L.

Both men have learned a great deal about the struggles Einstein endured through his life.

“What I didn’t know was that Einstein was a real peace maniac at a time when the whole nuclear bomb issue was coming forward,” Haderlein said.

Einstein was known for promoting the Manhattan Project, developing a nuclear bomb, and yet he didn’t believe in war, said Haderlein.

As a Jew, Einstein fled Nazi Germany, Haderlein said, and then he began to embrace his Jewish heritage.

“One of the things that’s most interesting about Einstein is when he was a small child, the family thought he might be mentally challenged because he didn’t speak until he was at least 9 or 10 years old,” Jansta said. “That comes up in the play. He would visualize things mentally and observe the world and do exercises in his mind.”

To prepare for the play, Jansta watched old black-and-white videos of Einstein from documentary films.

“You see there’s a twinkle in his eye,” Jansta said. “There’s an accessibility, even with the theories that aren’t really easy to understand. He tries to simplify them as best as he can.”

Jansta said that in the play, Einstein “speaks about not being very religious when he was growing up, but then being forced to make changes in his life because he was Jewish and then coming to grips with his Jewish heritage.”

The play also delves into Einstein’s self-labeling of being a pacifist while he supported creating the atomic bomb. “That haunts him through the whole play,” Jansta said, adding thathe hopes the play enlightens the audience and inspires them to learn more about Einstein.

“This play couldn’t be more relative than it is now,” Haderlein said.

Sheryl DeVore is a freelance writer for the News-Sun.

‘Einstein: A Play in Two Acts’

When: 8 p.m. June 9 and 10

Where: PM&L Theatre, 877 Main St., Antioch

Tickets: $10

Information: 847-395-3055; www.pmltheatre.com

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