The Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv has always presented itself as the first repertory theater in the Yishuv that represented the sabras, creating the impression that its actors and artists were themselves mainly sabras and Hebrew their native language. However, this image, based chiefly on the successful performance of the play He Walked through the Fields, does not reflect reality. The article questions the myth by exploring the actual number of sabra theater artists and actors in the troupe, their place and measure of influence. Exposing this image sheds light on The Cameri Theatre at its beginning as well as on the creation of the image of the sabra, as presented by the character of Uri, and embraced by Hebrew culture.
LEAH GILULA is a historian, editor, and director of The Israel Goor Theatre Archives and Museum at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her main field of research is history of Hebrew-speaking theater in Palestine and Israel, and oral documentation of theater artists. E-mail: email@example.com