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Joshua Sobol is a playwright, director, and author. Sobol has written over 75 plays and directed productions in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Israel, and the United States. He is currently the playwright in residence at Israeli Stage. His most famous play, Ghetto, has been performed in 24 countries, and his plays have garnered many awards including The Evening Standard Award for Best Play of the Year; The Critics’ Circle London Theatre Awards – Best New Play 1989; Laurence Olivier Award Nomination for Best Play; Mainichi Art Prize – Best Play of the Year; Yumiuri Shimbun Grand Prize for Best Play of the Year. Sobol won five David’s Harp awards for Best Israeli Play and won the Israeli Theatre Award for Lifetime Achievement. Sobol was awarded The Golden Medal of the City of Vienna for Excellent Achievement in 2014.
Brian Cox is an award-winning actor of the stage, screen and television. He has appeared in dozens of plays on the stages of London, New York, and Scotland. Cox earned AFI and Independent Spirit Award nominations for his work in the critically hailed independent film L.I.E. and also shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination as part of the ensemble cast of Spike Jonze’s Adaptation. His most recent film Page 4 of 5 credits include roles in The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Red 2, Coriolanus, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Campaign, and Blood. Additionally, he has appeared in The Good Heart, Tell-Tale, The Escapist, Troy, X2, Zodiac, 25th Hour, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Ring, Red, The Rookie, The Affair of the Necklace, For the Love of the Game, Rushmore, Desperate Measures, The Boxer, Kiss the Girls, Braveheart, Rob Roy, Manhunter, Hidden Agenda, and Nicholas and Alexandra. Repeatedly honored for his work in the theatre, Cox won two Olivier Awards for his performances in Rat in the Skull and Titus Andronicus; British Theatre Association Drama Awards for Best Actor for his work in The Taming of the Shrew and Strange Interlude; and the Lucille Lortel Award, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations, for St. Nicholas. He spent eight months in London’s West End, starring as Max in Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n Roll, a role he reprised on Broadway. Cox was also seen on Broadway in The Championship Season. Cox has also helmed stage productions of I Love My Life, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Philanderer, The Master Builder, and Richard III. In 2003, Cox’s contributions to the arts were honored by Queen Elizabeth II, who named him a Commander of the British Empire. In 2006, Empire Magazine honored his film achievements with the Empire Icon Award and, in 2007, the UK Film Council named him one of the Top 10 powerful British film stars in Hollywood today.