Pnina Gary in Tel-Aviv. March 28, 2011.
|Occupation||Actress and theatre director|
|Spouse(s)||Robert Gary (m.1949-1987; his death)|
Pnina Gary (Hebrew: פנינה גרי; born September 24, 1927) is an Israeli theatre and movie actress, and a theatre director.
Pnina Dromi (later Gary) was born and raised in Nahalal, Mandatory Palestine, daughter of Yosef Dromi (previously Kotlar) and Tzipora Ostrowski. Her parents made aliyah from the Ukraine in 1919. Gary attended to Nahalal's Agricultural High School, and later the teachers' seminar to become a kindergarten teacher.
In March 1948, during Israel's war for independence, just a few days before she was supposed to marry Eli, the son of Rachel Yanait and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi (later to be the second president of Israel), her Palmach member husband-to-be was killed in an Arab ambush in the fields of their kibbutz, Beit Keshet.
In September 1948, trying to recover from the outcome of the Beit Keshet battle, she volunteered to participate in an expedition of teachers to the DP camps around Munich. She was sent to help set up kindergartens in the camps and work with Jewish children who survived the Holocaust. Six months later, she was sent to reside in Ulm, in order to do the same work in the DP camps around Stuttgart.
In Munich she met her husband, Robert (Bob) Gary, a Jewish American journalist, who reported from the camps. They married in Germany in late 1949 and two weeks later moved to Israel. Pnina and Bob had two daughters, Dorit and Meirav.
While living in Israel, Pnina Gary wrote a weekly column for Davar newspaper for a period of two years.
After their return to Israel, in 1959 Gary co founded the Zavit Theater, which was active for nine years and among others produced Jean-Paul Sartre's "No Exit", featuring Gary herself. During those years, she also acted in various theater shows produced by other theaters in Tel Aviv.
In 2008, Gary wrote and directed the one-woman show “An Israeli Love Story”, based on her own true life story between 1942, when she first met Eli Ben-Zvi, and 1948, with the tragic ending of their relationship. The play is still performed by Adi Bielski, who won the Israeli Best Actress Award in Fringe Theater in 2009.
On March 28, 2011, a special evening marked the celebrating of 250 shows. Attending that evening, were the Israeli Minister of Culture, Mrs Limor Livnat, and the recent winner of the Israeli Sapir Prize for Literature 2011, the writer Yoram Kaniuk.
The play was translated to English and performed at The Leeds Jewish International Performing Arts Festival in 2009, at London's New End Theatre from May 18 to June 6, 2010, and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa as well as Montreal, Toronto and Washington, DC, in September 2011. The show was also performed in the Harold Green Jewish Theatre in Toronto in 2014.
In 2011 Gary directed "Tmol Shilshom" (Only Yesterday), the novel by Shmuel Yosef Agnon which she adapted to theatre, and in 2012 Gary staged "My Name is Yuda", a poetry theater show based on the poems of Yehuda Amichai, which also featured Adi Bielski.
In 2015 Gary published an autobiographical novel in Hebrew under the same title as the Hebrew title of the monodrama "An Israeli Love Story". The book was published under Schocken Books.
In 2016 the film (in Hebrew) "Sipur Ahava Eretz-Israeli" ("An Israeli Love Story") was released, directed by Dan Wolman and starring Adi Bielski, based on Gary's life's story and monodrama by the same name.
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