She calls me to come to the stage and sit at a table beside her, asking me to choose a drawer and take something from it. Her penetrating gaze pulls me out of the audience completely: it is only her and me now.
“My ex-stepmother in law is a renowned sculptor in Israel and abroad. She is also known as a superb cook and a brilliant conversationalist. For me, first and foremost, she is a gifted storyteller. For over four decades, ever since I became her ex-stepdaughter in law, under circumstances that should have alienated us from each other, I meet her for coffee and cake every Saturday morning and absorb her anecdotes passionately, although, under the surface, war rages between us.”
A one-woman-show of the performance artist and actor Naomi Yoeli brings new life to the life-story of Agi Yoeli, the stepmother of her ex-husband, a Holocaust survivor, and artist. Yoeli creates a spontaneous and multilayered intimacy on the stage that changes from one performance to another and manages to access hidden life-stories directly and humorously.