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PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2016: Yael Ronen – Common Ground

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Apr 27, 2016
Apr 27, 2016
Segal Theater
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Common Ground. Production of Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin © Thomas Aurin

Common Ground. Production of Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin © Thomas Aurin

Wednesday, April 27
8:00pm | Segal Theatre

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

Common Ground
Written by Yael Ronen (Israel)
Translated by Frank Hentschker with Lily Akerman and Antje Oegel
Directed by Charlotte Brathwaite

Ronen brought together performers who migrated to Berlin from Belgrade and Sarajevo to explore common ground between the children of victims and perpetrators. Based on a trip to Bosnia and on encounters with experts and the family members of the protagonists, the theatre becomes a safe space for discussing terms like guilt and atonement, forgiveness and forgetting, while stereotypes, prejudices and conflicting narratives gleefully collide. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Yael Ronen, Charlotte BrathwaiteFrank Hentschker, and Antje Oegel.

This event is supported by Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs in the USA.

Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Yael Ronen, born in Jerusalem in 1976, is an in-house director at the Maxim Gorki Theatre/Berlin. She comes from a theatre family and is internationally considered as one of the most exciting theatre makers of her generation. Her greatest tool is her black humour in the framework of historical conflicts. Ronen’s play Third Generation, featuring German, Israeli, and Palestinian actors, was invited to numerous festivals. Her play, Hakoah Wien, developed at Schauspielhaus Graz, was awarded the Austrian Nestroy Theatre Prize in 2013. Common Ground emerged as a meditation from Ronen and her actors on the aftermath of the war in former Yugoslavia. In 2015, the play was invited to the renowned Theatertreffen Festival in Berlin and won the audience award at Mülheimer Theatertage.

Common Ground_Charlotte Brathwaite

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Stage Director Charlotte Brathwaite is known for staging classical and unconventional texts, dance, visual art, multi-media, site-specific installation and music events which have been seen in the Americas, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. She recently conceived and directed the Obie award winning Prophetika:  an oratorio at La MaMa Theater in NYC which was celebrated as, “conceptual yet viscerally powerful,” by the Wall Street Journal.  Upcoming:  The Messiah Complex by Nia Witherspoon at Bric and The Geneva Project at Jack. Recipient: Princess Grace Award, Julian Milton Kaufman Prize, Rockefeller Residency, National Performing Network Creation Fund.  MFA Yale School of Drama. 2013/14 Artist-in-residence Amherst College.  Currently Assistant Professor of Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. www.charlottebrathwaite.com

Learn more about The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival.

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