Pardes Hanna | Playwright, Theater Actor, and Cultural Entrepreneur
Eden Uliel is a playwright, theater actor, and cultural entrepreneur. She is a founder of the Freichot ensemble, an activist theater group committed to providing a platform for silenced voices in Israeli society. The ensemble’s productions include the cult show Frecha – A Beautiful Name, as well as the play Mothers, which delves into the stolen Yemenite children affair during the early years of the state. In 2020, Eden penned an alternative version of the original Frecha Song, which examines the true meaning of the term “frecha,” a word used to denote an uncultured and promiscuous woman, usually of Mizrahi descent. As a playwright, Eden explores the deep-rooted relationship between Hebrew and Arabic, which spans words, culture, history, and spiritual life. Her plays include Umm Kulthum, a production based on the life story of the legendary Egyptian singer and written for the Jaffa Theater. Eden is an actor and creator at the Yadit Theater in Pardes Hanna, where she is also the marketing manager. In this capacity, she initiates new cultural activities and works to position Pardes Hanna as a groundbreaking cultural hub. Eden seeks to be a bridge between people, ideas, cultures, and languages, and explores, with curiosity and creativity, connections that have been lost due to war. She believes that theater belongs to everyone, and that it is essential to create platforms, content, and effective marketing strategies in order to reach all populations, including the child she once was, who longed to be included, and now has the opportunity to make the situation better for others. Eden is married and a mother of one, and lives in Pardes Hanna.