Nissim Aloni Playwright, director and translator

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Aloni was born in Mandate Palestine to a poor family in Florentin, a neighborhood in south Tel Aviv which later became an inspiration for his work.
Aloni fought in the 1948 War of Independence and then began publishing stories in the soldiers weekly, Bamahaneh.  He published short stories in newspapers and magazines. Aloni studied history and French culture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in 1957 spent a year in Paris, where he became closely acquainted with the new European theater.
In 1953, his first play, Most Cruel the King, was produced at the national Habima Theater, creating a stir amongst theatre goers. The play focuses on the figure of Jeroboam the biblical King of Israel. In 1961, Habima produced his play The Emperor’s Clothes, which established him as one of the country’s leading playwrights.
In 1963, Aloni teamed up with Yossi Banai and Avner Hezkyahu to create the Seasons Theater (Teatron Ha’Onot), for which Aloni wrote and produced the play The American Princess. From that point onward, Aloni directed all his plays. He also began writing skits for the comedy troupe Hagashash Hachiver, and produced some of their programs, such as Cinema Gashash and Cantata for Shawarma.
Aloni’s work was critically acclaimed and enjoyed a popular following. He wrote and staged 13 plays. Many of his plays involve royalty, such as The Emperor’s Clothes, The American Princess, The Bride and the Butterflies Hunter, Edi King.
Aloni published one collection of prose:  Notes of a Street Cat.
He died on 13 June 1998 in Tel Aviv.

See also


Amiram Absurd, Tragedy, Poetic Drama Subject: Religion and Faith, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Terror | 2023 $ he  
THE REPLACEMENT Comedy Subject: Love, Relationships | 2022 he  
The madowman. Epilogue Drama, Poetic Drama, Fantasy Subject: Art | 2022 $ he  
A Last Night in Rome Drama, New Writing, Poetic Drama Subject: LGBT, Love, Relationships, The Other | 2021 he | English   
The Evolution Of Sex Comedy Subject: Relationships | 2021 | English   
Lucas the Coward Satire | 2004 $ he  
Eddie King Drama Subject: Adaptation of Greek Mythology | 1975 $ he  
Scapegoat Poetic Drama | 1973 $ he  
The Gypsies of Jaffa Drama, Poetic Drama | 1971 $ he  
Napoleon Dead or Alive! Absurd, Comedy Subject: A Search, History | 1970 $ he  
Aunt Liza Drama, Melodrama | 1969 $ he  
The Bride and the Butterfly Hunter Comedy Subject: Love | 1967 $ he  
The Chicken and the Revolution Subject: Love, Old Age, Politics and Government | 1964 $ he  
The American Princess Drama, Poetic Drama Subject: Adaptation of Greek Mythology, Family | 1963 $ he  
The Emperor’s Clothes Drama, Poetic Drama, Satire | 1961 $ he  
Most Cruel The King Drama, Poetic Drama Subject: Based on Biblical stories | 1953 $ he  
Passport please Absurd Subject: Religion and Faith | he | German   
The Binding Comic Drama Subject: The Land of Israel, Humor, Parent-Child Relationship, Crisis |   
Under the Skin Periodical Drama, Historical Play Subject: Holocaust, LGBT | he | en