Night falls, and the former leper asylum comes to life. The nurses, the director-general and the patients invite the public to a mysterious journey in the premises, around the disinfection rooms, the attic and the darkened garden. To overcome their loneliness and fear, the lepers perform a play for their guests, based on a short story by I. L. Peretz, “In Times of Plague”.



This is a nighttime event produced in the spirit of the successful New York City play Sleep No More. The audience divides into four groups, crosses the wall surrounding the isolated building and enters a strange, eerie world, following the lepers into scenes playing out in different spaces within. All the while, social distancing and hygiene rules are enforced – in keeping with strict leprosy protocols.

The event will be accompanied with live music played by four musicians.


This is a unique and novel coproduction between two Jerusalemite institutions: The Hansen House, a cultural center for design, media and technology, and the Khan Theater. It is supported by the Jerusalem Development Authority and the Jerusalem Foundation. 


Running time: about 90 minutes, no intermission

Premiering on May 15th, 2021


Parts of the play will be performed outdoors. Warm clothing recommended. 

Please also wear comfortable shoes, as participation involves walking.