Sunday, May 7
Nuyorican Poets Cafe (236 E 3rd Street, Second Avenue/F Train)
FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.
Written by Bashar Murkus (Palestine) & translated by Rebekah Maggor
Directed by Rebekah Maggor
Discussion moderated by Frank Hentschker, Marvin Carlson
Parallel Time, a disturbingly humorous prison play, evokes the daily struggle of life behind bars for a group of Palestinian inmates. It follows their collective fight to overcome the despair of long-term incarceration.
Bashar Murkus is a Palestinian playwright and director and founding ensemble member of the Khashabi Theatre in Haifa. Through collective research he develops new plays that both reflect and engage with the regional Palestinian community. His work has been seen in Palestine, France, Belgium, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Morocco. As writer/director, his plays include Parallel Time, The Belli Belli Bel, Whips, Sitt Bel Uffeh and The Year of Snow. Recent productions as director include: Bye Bye Gillo by Taha Adnan, The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar, and A New Middle East by Motaz Abu Saleh. Murkus studied theatre at the University of Haifa, where he now teaches acting and directing.
Rebekah Maggor is an artist and scholar whose work focuses on political theatre and theatre of protest. She translates, directs, devises, and researches theatre that questions entrenched power structures and pushes the boundaries of our contemporary political conversation. She co-edited, co-translated and wrote the introduction to Tahrir Tales: Plays from the Egyptian Revolution (Seagull Books) and she is currently co-editing, with Marvin Carlson and Mas’ud Hamdan, an anthology of new Palestinian drama, Theatre Between Home and Exile: New Palestinian Voices. Maggor has directed performances of her translations at the Huntington Theatre Company, the Segal Theatre Center, the ReOrient Festival, and at Harvard, Vanderbilt, and Cornell. She has received grants from the Fulbright Scholar Program, the NEA, the Doris Duke Foundation, TCG Global Connections, the Radcliffe Institute, the Einaudi Center, and others. She is assistant professor in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University.
Marvin Carlson is the Sidney E. Cohn Professor of Theatre, Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at the Graduate Center. He has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens, the ATHE Career Achievement Award, the ASTR Distinguished Scholarship Award, the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, and the Calloway Prize. He is the founding editor of the journals European Stages and Arab Stages; and the author of over two hundred and fifty scholarly articles in the areas of theatre history, theatre theory and dramatic literature. He is the director of the Marvin Carlson Theatre Center at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. Among his books are The Theatre of the French Revolution (1966), Goethe and the Weimar Theatre (1978), Theories of the Theatre (1984), Places of Performance (1989), Performance: A Critical Introduction (1996), The Haunted Stage (2001), Speaking in Tongues (2006), Theatre is More Beautiful than War (2009), The Theatres of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia (with Khalid Amine, 2012) and Hamlet’s Shattered Mirror (2016). His work has been translated into fifteen languages.
Frank Hentschker holds a Ph.D. in theatre from the legendary Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen, Germany. He came to the Graduate Center in 2001 as program director for the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and was appointed to the central doctoral faculty in theatre in 2009. He taught Theatre History at the School of the Arts at Columbia University. Among the vital events and series he founded at the Segal Center are the World Theatre Performance series, the annual fall PRELUDE festival, and the PEN World Voices Playwrights Series. Before coming to the Graduate Center, Hentschker founded and directed DISCURS, the largest European student theatre festival existing today; he acted as Hamlet in Heiner Müller’s Hamletmaschine, directed by the playwright, performed in the Robert Wilson’s play The Forest (music by David Byrne) and worked as an assistant for Robert Wilson for many years.
Learn more about The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival.