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PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2016: Ivor Martinić – My Son Just Walks A Bit Slower

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Apr 27, 2016
Apr 27, 2016
Segal Theatre
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Serbian theatre production. Directed by Predrag Stojmenovic, Belgrade Drama Theatre

Serbian theatre production. Directed by Predrag Stojmenovic, Belgrade Drama Theatre

Wednesday, April 27
6:00pm | Segal Theatre

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

My Son Just Walks A Bit Slower
Written by Ivor Martinić (Croatia) & Translated by Tomislav Kuzmanović
Directed by Shira Milikowsky

Martinić’s play explores three generations of a family while centering on a young man, Branko, who is in a wheelchair. The central relationship is between a son and his mother who tries to keep up her spirits and lives in denial while watching her son move around in his wheelchair. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Ivor Martinić, Tomislav Kuzmanović, Shira Milikowsky, and Frank Hentschker .

Photo courtesy of the Artist

Photo courtesy of the Artist

Ivor Martinić, an award-winning Croatian playwright, completed an MA in Dramaturgy at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. His major works include The title of the drama about Ante is Written Here, Play about Mirjana and those around her, and My son just walks a bit slower. The Croatian production My son only walks a bit slower has won over 20 awards including the Golden Laurel Award at the MESS Festival in Sarajevo, the Croatian Association of Dramatic Artists Award, and the Marul Award, all for Best Play. It has also been produced in Buenos Aires and Belgrade with great success. Martinić’s work has been translated into 15 languages.

Photo by Ted Alcorn

Photo by Ted Alcorn

Shira Milikowsky is a Brooklyn and Boston-based director, and the Artistic Associate at the American Repertory Theater. Projects there include The Lily’s Revenge by Taylor Mac, Witness Uganda (associate director), and Bride*Widow*Hag by Kim Rosenstock (A.R.T. Institute.) Shira’s directing work has also been seen at Ars Nova (2008 Director-in-Residence,) Williamstown Theatre Festival (Boris Sagal Fellow,) and in development with the Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program. Upcoming projects include an Untitled MFA Thesis Project at Brown University, written by performer/creator Rick Burkhardt. Shira was a recipient of the 2010-2011 Henry Luce Foundation Scholarship to South Korea. While in Seoul, she created a Korean adaptation of The Caucasian Chalk Circle that toured to the Tumen River International Arts Festival on the Chinese border with North Korea. A Drama League Fellow, Shira holds an MFA in directing from Columbia and a BA in Theater Studies from Yale. Associate Lecturer in Dramatic Arts, Harvard.

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