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May 11, 2015

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2015: Sitawa Namwalie – Black Maria on Koinange Street

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The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2015. As part of the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the Segal Center will showcase play readings by nine of the world’s most respected dramatists representing Afghanistan, Argentina, Cuba, France, Germany, Indonesia, Kenya, and Uganda.

The International Play Festival generates conversations on art, politics, dreams, war, and philosophy, and is meant to give American audiences a rich awareness of the greater global dialogue.

Monday, May 11

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

Black Maria on Koinange Street
Written by Sitawa Namwalie (Kenya)
Directed by Saheem Ali
5:00pm | Segal Theatre

A young African woman from a privileged upper middle-class family comes of age learning how to survive in an African country at the time of the dictatorships of the 1980s. She has to navigate life away from the safety of her family and learn how to survive. An encounter with the police and other night creatures exposes the underbelly of her charmed existence when she discovers the harshness and precariousness of life on the city streets of Nairobi at night.

 

SitawaSitawa Namwalie is a poet, writer and performer. In 2008, her first dramatized poetry performance, Cut Off My Tongue, was successfully performed in various venues in Nairobi. In 2009, her first book of poetry, Cut Off My Tongue, was published. In 2010, Cut Off My Tongue was selected by the Sundance Theatre Lab for its first East African Sundance Lab, held on Manda Island. In April 2012, Cut Off My Tongue was selected by TED Talks in their global search for new and undiscovered performances. In April 2014, Sitawa participated in the SPOKEN WORLDS project, between poets, hip hop and spoken word artists from Kenya and Berlin, Germany. Sitawa has worked in the development sector for many years with NGOs and with UNDP, USAID and IUCN. She currently works as a development consultant in East Africa, focusing on environment, gender and governance.

 

The 11th Annual PEN World Voices of International Literature, “On Africa,” New York City, May 4-10, 2015. More than 100 Writers from 30 countries celebrate the transformative power of the written word. This year’s program, co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, takes you beyond the news by providing a rare chance to hear voices and perspectives from contemporary Africa and its diaspora. www.penworldvoices.org

 

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker in 2005.
2015 Festival produced by Christine Scarfuto (New York) in collaboration with Frank Hentschker.

 

*If you are interested in helping with PEN World Voices, please contact Yu Chien Liu at yliu6@gc.cuny.edu.

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April 27, 2016

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2016

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The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2016. As part of the 2016 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the Segal Center will showcase play readings by eight of the world’s most respected dramatists. With each writer hailing from a different world region as classified by the United Nations, the International Play Festival generates a conversation on art, politics, dreams, war, and philosophy, meant to give American audiences a rich awareness of the greater global dialogue. All readings will be followed by discussion with the playwright.

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

Wednesday, April 27

+51 Aviación, San Borja
Written by Yudai Kamisato (Japan) & Translated by Aya Ogawa
Directed by Sarah Hughes
4:00pm | Segal Theatre

My Son Just Walks A Bit Slower
Written by Ivor Martinić (Croatia) & Translated by Tomislav Kuzmanović
Directed by Shira Milikowsky
6:00pm | Segal Theatre

Common Ground
Written by Yael Ronen (Israel)
Translated by Frank Hentschker with Lily Akerman and Antje Oegel
Directed by Charlotte Brathwaite
8:00pm | Segal Theatre

Thursday, April 28

The Reunion
Written by Trinidad González (Chile) & Translated by Alexandra Ripp
Directed by Tony Torn
4:00pm | Segal Theatre

≈ [Almost Equal To]
Written by Jonas Hassen Khemiri (Sweden) & Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles
Directed by Dan Rothenberg
6:00pm | Segal Theatre

Dara
Adapted by Tanya Ronder from Shahid Nadeem’s play (Pakistan)
Directed by Oskar Eustis
8:00pm | Segal Theatre

Friday, April 29

Fishers of Hope
Written and directed by Lara Foot (South Africa)
5:00pm | Dixon Place (161A Chrystie St. NYC. Subway: Grand Street, B/D)

Mestiza Power
Written by Conchi León (Mexico) & Translated by Virginia Grise
Directed by Debbie Saivetz
7:30pm | Dixon Place (161A Chrystie St. NYC. Subway: Grand Street, B/D)

 

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2016 has been made possible by the support of Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair, The Graduate Center, CUNY, and Susan and Jack Rudin.

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker since 2007 in collaboration with PEN World Voices Festival. 2016 Festival produced by Brooke Christensen (New York) in collaboration with Frank Hentschker and Antje Oegel. Co-curated by Antje Oegel.

The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature animates New York City for a week each spring with a kaleidoscopic window into international literature and culture, inviting you to share ideas, find inspiration, and create dialogue and debate across cultural and national borders. www.penworldvoices.org

The 2016 PEN World Voices takes place from Monday, April 25 through Sunday, May 1, 2016. It will include a regional focus on Mexico and its diaspora. Founded by Michael Roberts, Esther Allen, and Salman Rushdie in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, PEN World Voices is the only international literary festival in the world with a human rights focus. It attracts the world’s best-known writers and has garnered broad global acclaim as one of the world’s premier literary events. Since its founding 12 years ago, PEN World Voices has presented more than 1,500 writers and artists from 110 countries, speaking 56 languages.

Laszlo Jakab Orsos, Director, PEN World Voices Festival, PEN America; Kim Chan, General Manager.

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April 27, 2016

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2016: Yudai Kamisato – +51 Aviación, San Borja

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+51 Aviación, San Borja. Photo by Yuta Fukitsuka

Wednesday, April 27
4:00pm | Segal Theatre

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

+51 Aviación, San Borja
Written by Yudai Kamisato (Japan) & Translated by Aya Ogawa
Directed by Sarah Hughes

Intensely personal, +51 Aviación, San Borja references Kamisato’s grandmother’s address in Lima. It shifts between reportage and fiction with the narrative unfolding around places Kamisato has traveled, from Tokyo and Okinawa to his grandmother’s Japanese-Peruvian community. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Yudai Kamisato, Sarah Hughes, Aya Ogawa, and Peter Eckersall.

This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

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Yudai Kamisato, was born in Lima, Peru in 1982 and raised in Kawasaki City, Japan. He is the director of Okazaki Art Theatre, which he founded in 2003. In 2006, Kamisato became the youngest person ever to win first prize in the Toga Directors Competition. His plays are extensions of his concern about his own identity. He explores the problems faced by immigrants and workers, the tension between individuals and their national identities, and the ever-increasing lack of communication within contemporary society. Kamisato’s plays reflect his attitudes towards politics and culture, questioning how people can coexist with those whom they cannot understand.

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Sarah Hughes worked with Elevator Repair Service from 2007-14 and has also developed work with Half Straddle, Superhero Clubhouse, The Bushwick Starr, the Office for Creative Research, the Classical Theatre of Harlem, and Vox Theater. She is Co-Artistic Producer of Target Margin Theater, and has recently presented work at PRELUDE, CATCH, The Flea, Columbia University, The Brick, The Segal Center, and BAM Next Wave. Recent: Afterward by McFeely Sam Goodman at Columbia’s New Play Festival at the Signature Theater. Upcoming: Target Margin’s Iceman Cometh Lab, HERE Arts Center, June 2016.

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April 27, 2016

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

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 .

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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.

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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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April 27, 2016

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

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.

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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.

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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

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April 28, 2016

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2016: Trinidad González – The Reunion

The Reunion

Thursday, April 28
4:00pm | Segal Theatre

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The Reunion
Written by Trinidad González (Chile) & Translated by Alexandra Ripp
Directed by Tony Torn

The Reunion is a play about power and the abuse of power. As Queen Isabella of Spain and Christopher Columbus discuss América’s destiny, their confrontation reveals their own arrogance and violence. It questions the hidden places of human ambition and reflects the pain of the victims who suffer when power is abused. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Trinidad González, Alexandra Ripp,Tony Torn, and Jean Graham-Jones.

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Trinidad González, born in Santiago, Chile in 1972 is an actress, director, playwright, and acting teacher. She is one of the founders of the prestigious Chilean theatre company Teatro en el Blanco (2006-2013) where she worked as an actress in the plays Neva and December by playwright/director Guillermo Calderón. As Olga Knipper in Neva she won the Altazor Prize in 2007 for Best Chilean Theatre Actress of the Year. She wrote and directed the world premiere of The Reunion. In 2015 she wrote her second play, Bird, which she also directs and performs. Teatro en el Blanco has presented their work in over thirty countries worldwide.

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Tony Torn recently appeared in Rimbaud in New York with The Civilians at BAM, and at The Oberon at A.R.T. and BB King’s on 42nd Street as Ubu in Ubu Sings Ubu, opposite Julie Atlas Muz in a production he co-directed with Dan Safer. In December he directed Juliana Francis Kelly’s play The Reenactors at Abrons Arts Center, with a cast including Ean Sheehy and Mieko Gavia. He also appears in Stephen Winter’s controversial film Jason and Shirley, which premiered at MOMA last October.

 

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April 28, 2016

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2016: Jonas Hassen Khemiri – ≈ [Almost Equal To]

Production of the Schaubühne Theatre, Berlin, 2016. Photo by Gianmarco Bresadola

Thursday, April 28
6:00pm | Segal Theatre

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

≈ [Almost Equal To]
Written by Jonas Hassen Khemiri (Sweden) & Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles
Directed by Dan Rothenberg

In ≈ [Almost Equal To] we encounter a number of people who, seemingly invaded by numbers, are colliding with the economy surrounding them. Whether the character dreams about growing her way out of the contemporary economic system or wants to crush it, they all end up investing money in postage and pine nuts, fake bubbles and perfumes, strollers and utopias. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Dan Rothenberg, Rachel Willson-Broyles, and Kate Loewald.

This event is supported by the Swedish Arts Council. In collaboration with the American Swedish Institute Minneapolis, Scott Pollock/Director of Programs

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Jonas Hassen Khemiri, born in Sweden in 1978, is the author of four novels and six plays. His first novel, One Eye Red, received the Borås Tidning award for best literary debut. His second novel, Montecore, (published by Knopf in 2011) won several literary awards including the Swedish Radio Award for best novel of the year. His most recent novel, All I Don’t Remember, was awarded the August Prize, which is Sweden’s most important national literary award. Khemiri’s work has been translated into more than fifteen languages and his plays have been performed by over 100 international companies. In 2011 Invasion! received its US premiere in New York and Khemiri was awarded a Village Voice Obie Award for playwriting. www.khemiri.se/en/plays/≈-almost-equal-to/

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Dan Rothenberg is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of the Pig Iron Theatre Company. Dan has directed almost all of Pig Iron’s original performance works, including Gentlemen VolunteersIsabellaPay UpTwelfth Night, and the OBIE Award-winning Hell Meets Henry Halfway and Chekhov Lizardbrain.  In 2010, Dan directed the English-language premiere of Toshiki Okada’s Enjoy for Play Company in New York, and then in 2014 followed up with the critically acclaimed production of Okada’s Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise for Play Company at JACK.  In 2015, Dan directed I Promised Myself to Live Faster for Pig Iron (Humana Festival, FringeArts) as well as Swamp is On, a concert-spectacle with the rock band Dr. Dog.  Swamp is On will tour to American Repertory Theater in 2017.  Dan teaches physical theater and devising at the Pig Iron/UArts MFA program.  Pew Fellowship (2002), USA Artist Knight Fellowship (2010).

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April 28, 2016

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2016: Tanya Ronder & Shahid Nadeem – Dara

Ajoka's production of Dara. People celebrating Dara's martyrdom.

Ajoka’s production of Dara. People celebrating Dara’s martyrdom.

Thursday, April 28
8:00pm | Segal Theatre

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Dara
Adapted by Tanya Ronder from Shahid Nadeem‘s play (Pakistan)
Directed by Oskar Eustis

Set in 1659 in the imperial court of Mughal, India, Dara explores the blood war of succession between brothers, the heirs to the Muslim Empire and the Taj Mahal, and their struggle between religious absolutism and liberalism. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Shahid Nadeem, Oskar Eustis, and Marvin Carlson.

Special thanks to Rose Cobbe, United Agents LLP, London.

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Tanya Ronder has written theatre adaptations for the Young Vic, the Almeida, the RSC, and the National Theatre in London. Her first original play, Table, was the inaugural production of the NT’s newest theatre, the Shed. Her second played at the Bush. She is now adapting for screen, and is under commission by the BBC for an original TV series.

 

 

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Shahid Nadeem, acclaimed Pakistani playwright, is wellknown for his commitment to human rights, peace and social justice. He was imprisoned by various military regimes in Pakistan, adopted by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience and was exiled from Pakistan. Since his return in 1988, he has served as Executive Director of Ajoka Theatre. Nadeem was a Getty Research Institute/International PEN Fellow in 2001 and National Endowment for Democracy’s Democracy Fellow in 2013-14. He was given the President of Pakistan’s Pride of Performance award in 2009.  A collection of his plays was published by the Oxford University Press Pakistan. His plays have been staged worldwide, including in New York, California, and Washington, DC.

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Oskar Eustis has served as the Artistic Director of The Public Theater since 2005. Throughout his career, Eustis has been dedicated to the development of new plays as a director, dramaturg, and producer. At The Public, Eustis directed the New York premieres of Rinne Groff’s Compulsion and The Ruby Sunrise, and Larry Wright’s The Human Scale. At Trinity Rep, he directed the world premiere of Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home and Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, both recipients of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production. While at the Eureka Theatre, he commissioned Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, and directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. Eustis has also directed the world premieres of plays by Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, Emily Mann, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ellen McLaughlin, and Eduardo Machado, among many others. Eustis is currently a Professor of Dramatic Writing and Arts and Public Policy at New York University, and has held professorships at UCLA, Middlebury College, and Brown University, where he founded and chaired the Trinity Rep/Brown University Consortium for professional theater training.

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April 29, 2016

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2016: Lara Foot – Fishers of Hope

Shaun Oelf, Mncedisi Shabangu in Fishers of Hope. Photo by Oscar 'O Ryan

Shaun Oelf, Mncedisi Shabangu in Fishers of Hope. Photo by Oscar ‘O Ryan

Friday, April 29
5:00pm | Dixon Place
(161A Chrystie St. NYC. Subway: Grand Street, B/D)

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

Fishers of Hope
Written and directed by Lara Foot (South Africa)

Known for her award-winning plays that tackle social issues, Foot’s play explores the theme of hope: its essence, values, meaning, impressions, longevity and even possible demise, examining the prospects of hope and livelihood within the African continent. Followed by a conversation with Lara Foot and Christopher Hibma.

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Lara Foot is Artistic Director and CEO of the Baxter Theatre Centre and has won a bevy of South African theatre accolades. Foot has put most of her energy into helping other playwrights and theatre-makers realize their work, and she has nurtured several dozen new South African plays to their first staging. This includes producing the international hit Mies Julie written and directed by Yael Farber.

 

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April 29, 2016

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2016: Conchi León – Mestiza Power

Mestiza Power. Photo Credit: Saas Tun Company

Mestiza Power. Photo Credit: Saas Tun Company

Friday, April 29
7:30pm | Dixon Place
(161A Chrystie St. NYC. Subway: Grand Street, B/D)

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

Mestiza Power
Written by Conchi León (Mexico) & Translated by Virginia Grise
Directed by Debbie Saivetz

Based on real-life interviews, the play explores the complex world of the Mestiza, including mystical practice, domestic violence and the life of street vendors— the voices of today’s Mayan women. Through a series of monologues and interviews conducted with street vendors in Mérida, the capital of Yucatán, and other rural areas of the state, these stories paint a portrait of the faces, the thoughts, and the voices of contemporary women in Mexico. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Conchi León and Debbie Savietz.

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Conchi León, born in Mérida, Yucatán in 1973, is a playwright, director, and journalist. Founder of the Municipal Theatre Company in Acapulco, her most representative work, Mestiza Power, is included in the Mexican Educational Theatre Anthology. She has developed educational theatre programs for mentally challenged children, homeless children, minor offenders and implements theatre as a means for social re-adaptation at the Federal Jail in Mérida. The Royal Court International Program (London) selected León to take part in the second playwriting seminar in Mexico City. León’s Santificarás las fiestas was nominated for the international prize of dramaturgy in Heidelberg. In 2011, the Human Rights Commission in Yucatán awarded her a prize for her social work through theatre. Her work has been translated into German, Czech, Portuguese, and English.

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Debbie Saivetz has directed and developed new plays at New York, regional and international theaters such as the Foundry, Fulcrum, Clubbed Thumb, Rattlestick, E.S.T., Working Theater, Voice & Vision, Red Bull, INTAR, American Lyric Theater, the Lark, the Playwrights’ Center, Hartford Stage, the Goodman, the Guthrie, Long Wharf, Seattle Rep, Teatro Helénico and Lab Trece (Mexico City), La Casa de los Teatros (Oaxaca), and Teatro La Llave (Santiago, Chile). She performed in Exodus (LONEtheater), a site-specific intervention created by Argentine theater artist Matías Umpierrez for NYC’s Underground Zero Festival. She is a Drama League of New York Directing Fellow, a New Georges Affiliate Artist and 2015-16 Audrey Resident, an alumna of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and was a resident director at New Dramatists. She teaches in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State University.

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May 1

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2017: Patricia Cornelius – Shit

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Monday, May 1
Segal Theatre
4:00pm

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Shit
Written by Patricia Cornelius (Australia)
Directed by Katie Pearl
Discussion moderated by Peter Eckersall

Out of control girls, angry, nasty girls are a sight to behold. They’re terrifying, electrifying, they’re everything girls shouldn’t be, and we hate them. This is a work about these girls. Their names are Billy, Bobby and Sam.

Patricia Cornelius is a founding member of Melbourne Workers Theatre. She’s a playwright, novelist and film writer. Patricia has a fierce commitment to class and her work often examines the lives of the marginalized. Her work also includes dramaturgy and mentorship with young or new playwrights. Cornelius is a recipient of numerous awards including the 2015 Australian Writers’ Foundation Playwriting Award, the 2012 Patrick White Fellowship, and the 2014 Victorian Premier’s drama. Her plays have earned her 11 Australian Writers Guild awards. She has written over 30 plays including: Shit, Big Heart, Savages, Do not go gentle…, Slut, Love and The Call.

Katie Pearl is a director and writer of new plays and performance for both traditional and alternative spaces.  As co-Artistic Director of the OBIE Award-winning PearlDamour, the interdisciplinary company she shares with playwright Lisa D’Amour, her work has been supported by the Creative Capital Foundation, the Map Fund, and the NEA. Current projects include the multi-year Milton, a performance and community engagement experiment in 5 small towns named Milton around the country, and a new performance about climate and the deep ocean co-commissioned by the A.R.T. and the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Katie is currently an Anschutz Fellow at Princeton, where her teaching and research focus on the concept of the Artist-Citizen.

Peter Eckersall is Professor of Asian Theatre and Executive Officer of the Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Centre, CUNY. Recent publications include We’re People Who Do Shows, Back to Back Theatre: Performance, Politics, Visibility (co-edited with Helena Grehan, Performance Research Books, 2013), Theatre and Performance in the Asia-Pacific: Regional Modernities in the Global Era (co-authored with Denise Varney, Barbara Hatley and Chris Hudson, Palgrave 2013), and Performativity and Event in 1960s Japan: City, Body, Memory (Palgrave 2013). He was the co-founder of Dramaturgies and was the resident dramaturg for the performance group Not Yet It’s Difficult.

 

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May 1

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2017: Natal’ya Vorozhbit – Take out the Rubbish, Sasha

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Monday, May 1
Segal Theatre
6:00pm

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Take out the Rubbish, Sasha
Written by Natal’ya Vorozhbit (Ukraine) & translated by Sasha Dugdale
Directed by Sarah Hughes
Discussion moderated by Christian Parker

In Kiev, Katya and Oksana prepare a funeral meal for their beloved husband, stepfather and Army colonel Sasha. But he isn’t going without a fight. The women in his life and the country need him.

Natal’ya Vorozhbit was born in Kiev, Ukraine and studied at the Moscow Literary Institute. Her plays Demons and Galka Motalka have been staged in Moscow and at the National Theatre of Latvia. The Khomenko Family Chronicles, a joint commission from the Royal Court Theatre, London and the BBC World Service was staged as part of the Royal Court’s International Season in 2007. In 2009 the Royal Shakespeare Company produced her play Grain Store as part of the RSC’s Revolutions project. In 2015, Take the Rubbish Out was produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and is currently nominated for the “Golden Mask” Award in Russia. At the moment Natal’ya is under commission to the Royal Court Theatre, London.

Sarah Hughes is a director and producer of theater and film. Recent: Real Talk / Kip Talk by Eliza Bent (Abrons Arts Center); some higher glimmer in our landscape of flat by Cara Scarmack (Bushwick Starr Reading Series); The Object Lesson VR Short (NYTW) and Lincoln in the Bardo VR Short (The New York Times), both with Graham Sack; Afterward by McFeely Sam Goodman (Signature Theater / Columbia); A Star Has Burnt My Eye by Howard Fishman (The Brick). With Elevator Repair Service, she assistant directed Gatz, The Select, Arguendo, Shuffle, and Fondly, Collette Richland. She’s worked with Half Straddle, MoMA, Vox Theater, and Superhero Clubhouse, of which she is a Core Member. She is the Co-Artistic Producer of Target Margin Theater, a member of the 2016-17 New Georges Jam and Civilians R&D Group, and co-teaches a class on Contemporary Theater at Dartmouth College. Upcoming: A Woman Among Women by Julia May Jonas as part of the New Georges Jam at Dixon Place, May 17.

Christian Parker is a director, dramaturg, and Chair of the graduate Theatre program at Columbia University. He was the Associate Artistic Director of the Atlantic Theater Company from 2001-2014, and served as the Literary Manager of Manhattan Theatre Club for several seasons. He is a founding member of the new itinerant theatre company, New Neighborhood, where he is developing a new show with the theatrical band The Petersons. Notable directing projects include plays by Tina Howe, Leslie Ayvazian, Jeff Whitty, Ken Weitzman, David Auburn, Cusi Cram, Rolin Jones, and Laura Eason. He is the resident director of the Kenyon Playwrights Conference, and has developed work with the O’Neill, Sundance Theatre Labs, New Harmony and Perry-Mansfield, among others. He is a Tony nominator. BA, Middlebury College. MFA, Columbia.

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May 1

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2017: Mîrza Metîn – Hungry Dogs

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Monday, May 1
Segal Theatre
8:00pm

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

Hungry Dogs
Written by Mîrza Metîn (Turkey) & translated by Lucy Wood
Directed by Dan Safer
Discussion moderated by Eylül Akinci

Twin brothers Beşer and Beşir, who lost their parents in war, migrated as teenagers to Istanbul. After many years of separation they meet again, when Beşer enters Beşir’s house with a stolen safety box.

Mîrza Metîn is a playwright, director and an actor. He started his theatre training at Teatra Jiyana Nû in Istanbul. From 2003-2008 he worked at Seyr-î Mesel Theatre as an actor, teacher and studied dance and music at ITU State Conservatory’s Folk Dance department. Mîrza Metîn received numerous awards for his 10 plays, which he wrote in Turkish and Kurdish. Many of his works were created and performed with Şermola Performans, a theatre company, he cofounded in Istanbul together with Berfin Zenderlioğlu in 2008. At the moment Metîn is studying at Istanbul University Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy, where he—among other topics—researches, revives and teaches Kurdish story teller traditions like Dengbêj and Çîrokbêj.

Dan Safer is Artistic Director of Witness Relocation (www.witnessrelocation.org) and has directed or choreographed all of their shows, ranging from fully scripted plays (including world premieres by Chuck Mee and English premieres by Toshiki Okada) to original dance/theater pieces to many things in between. Based in New York City, Witness Relocation is recognized as one of the “ensembles who now lead the city’s progressive theater scene” (Village Voice), and are the recipients of three New York Innovative Theater Awards. They perform frequently in dance and theater venues in NYC and internationally. Safer’s most recent show, The Loon, a collaboration with Robert M. Johanson (Nature Theater of Oklahoma) was recently a New York Times Critics Pick.

Eylül Fidan Akinci is currently a doctoral student in the Theatre Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She completed her MA in Critical and Cultural Studies at Boğaziçi University in 2013. Her research interests include dramaturgy, contemporary dance, physical theatre, posthumanism, necropolitics, and transfeminism. She founded one of the first online video archives for dance called “Contemporary Dance Video Database,” which is now part of Ubuweb. She discusses dance and performance related topics in her monthly podcast “The Last Minute Show,” presented in the Emisiones Cacatúa series on TV-Tron. She also works as an independent dramaturg.

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May 2

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2017

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2017. As part of the 2017 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, The Segal Center will showcase play readings by nine of the world’s most respected dramatists. With the writers hailing from five different continents, the International Play Festival generates a conversation on art, politics, dreams, war, and philosophy, meant to give American audiences a rich awareness of the greater global dialogue. All readings will be followed by discussion with the playwright.

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


Monday, May 1 | Segal Theatre

4:00pm Shit
Written by Patricia Cornelius (Australia)
Directed by Katie Pearl
Discussion moderated by Peter Eckersall

6:00pm Take out the Rubbish, Sasha
Written by Natal’ya Vorozhbit (Ukraine) & translated by Sasha Dugdale
Directed by Sarah Hughes
Discussion moderated by Christian Parker

8:00pm Hungry Dogs
Written by Mîrza Metîn (Turkey) & translated by Lucy Wood
Directed by Dan Safer
Discussion moderated by Eylül Akinci


Tuesday, May 2 | Segal Theatre

4:00pm TranScenes: Four Short Plays from Brazil
Curated by Marcia Zanelatto (Brazil) & translated by Emily Walsh
Directed by Katherine Brook
Works by Marcia Zanelatto (Curator), Jô Bilac, Daniela Pereira de Carvalho, and Joaquim Vicente
Discussion moderated by Janet Werther

6:00pm Ticha-Ticha
Written by Hakim Bah (Guinea) & translated by Heather Denyer
Directed by Ethan McSweeney
Discussion moderated by Brooke Christensen

8:00pm Meteorites
Written by Sasha Marianna Salzmann (Germany) & translated by Jenny Piening
Directed by Mallory Catlett
Discussion moderated by Antje Oegel


Sunday, May 7 | Nuyorican Poets Cafe
(236 E 3rd Street, Second Avenue/F Train)

4:00pm Desert of Light
Written by Rama Haydar (Syria)
Translated by Rama Haydar & Rebekah Maggor
Directed by Rebekah Maggor
Discussion moderated by Frank Hentschker, Marvin Carlson

6:00pm Parallel Time
Written by Bashar Murkus (Palestine) & translated by Rebekah Maggor
Directed by Rebekah Maggor
Discussion moderated by Frank Hentschker, Marvin Carlson

8:00pm Sister Mok-Rahn
Written by Eunsung Kim (South Korea) & translated by Dayoung Jeong
Directed by Seonjae Kim
Discussion moderated by Mia Chung

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2017 has been made possible by the support of Susan and Jack Rudin(†) and Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair, The Graduate Center CUNY.

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker since 2007 in collaboration with PEN World Voices Festival. The 2017 Festival produced by Brooke Christensen (New York) in collaboration with Frank Hentschker and Antje Oegel. Co-curated by Antje Oegel. Assistant Curator: Soriya K. Chum.

The 2017 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature: Gender and Power takes place from May 1 through May 7, 2017. This year’s festival gathers more than 100 writers and artists brought in from all over the world together with the United States’ leading literary and cultural luminaries to address the most pressing issues of the day – freedom of expression, international conflict, immigration and displacement, genocide, mass incarceration, race, policing, and women’s quality.

Founded by Michael Roberts, Esther Allen, and Salman Rushdie in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, PEN World Voices is the only international literary festival in the world with a human rights focus. It attracts the world’s best-known writers and has garnered broad global acclaim as one of the world’s premier literary events. Since its founding 12 years ago, PEN World Voices has presented more than 1,500 writers and artists from 110 countries, speaking 56 languages. www.penworldvoices.org

For the first time this year, the 2017 PEN World Voices Festival’s programming will reflect the vision of a diverse team of curators to explore the breadth of gender and power in all its dimensions. Chaired by Rob Spillman, founding editor of Tin House, the curatorial team includes Susan Bernofsky, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Kim Chan, Ram Devineni, Mona Eltahawy, Marlon James, Saeed Jones, Meg Lemke, Valeria Luiselli, Paul Morris, Chinelo Okparanta, Steph Opitz, Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf and Andy Tepper.
Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director of PEN America.

 

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May 2

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2017: TranScenes: Four Short Plays from Brazil

Jô Bilac’s Venus Flytrap. Photo by Juliana Chalita

Tuesday, May 2
Segal Theatre
4:00pm

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

TranScenes: Four Short Plays from Brazil
Curated by Marcia Zanelatto (Brazil) & translated by Emily Walsh
Works by Marcia Zanelatto (Curator), Jô Bilac, Daniela Pereira de Carvalho, and JoaquimVicente.
Directed by Katherine Brook
Discussion moderated by Janet Werther

Short plays about gender identity in Brazil: a judicial fight, a dinner with a murderer, the death of the mother and a flower leads a rally.

Marcia Zanelatto lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She writes for theatre, television and cinema and teaches script writing. Her work often engages with ideas of racism, public security, and sexual and gender identity. She has received several awards, including the Brazil at Scene Award 2009 (Prêmio Brasil em Cena) for the play Time of Solitude (Tempo de Solidão), the Sexuality, Violence and Justice in the Favelas Award from the Ford Foundation with the play They ain´t Got No (Eles não usam tênis naique); and the 2014 Theatre Producers Association of Rio de Janeiro Award (Prêmio APTR) for Best Author, with the play Frumpness (Desalinho). In 2016, the Royal Exchange Theater, Manchester, UK, commissioned a new work for the Birth Festival, which resulted in her play The Birth Machine. Her work has been translated into English, Spanish, French and Swedish.

Jô Bilac was born in Rio de Janeiro and spent his childhood in Madrid. He co-founded the Cia de Teatro Independente (Independent Theatre Company) in 2007 with Vinicius Arneiro, Carolina Pismel, Paulo Verlings, and Julia Marini. The first two plays Cachorro! (Dog!) and Rebu (Turmoil) were performed with his company all over Brazil. Jô Bilac wrote Limpe todo Sangue Antes que Manche o Carpete (Clean All Blood Before it Stains the Carpet), Savana Glacial (Icy Savannah; Shell Award for Best Play, 2010), Popcorn and Gato Branco (White Cat). His 2013 play, Conselho de Classe (Class Council), won the Cesgranrio Award, APTR Award and the Shell Award for best play. Bilac was the artistic director of Teatro Glaucio Gil with actor Marcio Libar and was part of the dramadiario site (dailydrama web site) with six other playwrights from Rio de Janeiro.

In 2006 Daniela Pereira de Carvalho received, for her play There are no Safe Levels for the Consumption of These Substances, the Eletrobras-APTR Award for best author and was also nominated for the Shell Award for Best Text. She was also nominated for the 2006 EletrobrasAPTR Award for her piece Renato Russo: the musical. Another work, For a Less Ordinary Life, was also nominated for the Shell São Paulo Award for Best Text and for the Contigo Theater Award for Best Text in 2007.

Joaquim Vicente is a writer, director and independent producer. His career started in the film industry as an assistant producer before he moved to theatre. Of the seventeen plays he has directed, he also produced twelve of those works. On TV, he has worked as a writer for a French sex show, and for the Sunday live show Domingão do Faustão, among others. In 2012, he started his own production company, Teatro da Gente, and since then, he has also ventured into audiovisual arts. Other works by Vincente include: A Grande Viagem do Doutor Tchekhov (The Dr. Tchekcov’s Adventures) in 2004; Eu, Augusto dos Anjos (I am Augusto dos Anjos), which received the Prêmio Miryam Muniz in 2006; and Tragédias (Tragedies) in 2016.

Katherine Brook is a director of new experimental plays and performance and makes original work collaboratively with her theatre company, Katherine Brook / TELE-VIOLET. Her work has been presented at various venues in New York City and beyond, including The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, Incubator Arts Project, Prelude NYC, and more. Recent credits include How to Get Into Buildings (New Georges), She Is King (with Laryssa Husiak, at Incubator Arts Project, and Boom Arts in Portland, Oregon), and Pink Melon Joy (Brave New World Rep and Cloud City in Brooklyn). Brook has also been a creative producer at The Foundry Theatre and New York City Players. She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she has since worked as a guest director.

Janet Werther (MFA Sarah Lawrence College; PhD in progress, The Graduate Center) is a scholar, practitioner, and arts educator. As an artist, Janet performs with the Ballez Company in NYC and occasionally produces solo works. Her research synthesizes dance, musical theatre, queer performance historiography, and cultural studies and her dissertation focuses on places of performance as sites of intergenerational queer exchange. Her writing is published in Studies in Musical Theatre and PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art. She teaches at Baruch and Marymount Manhattan colleges. Janet also teaches dance to youth at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX).

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May 2

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2017: Hakim Bah – Ticha-Ticha

Monday, May 2
Segal Theatre
6:00pm

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

Ticha-Ticha
Written by Hakim Bah (Guinea) & translated by Heather Denyer
Directed by Ethan McSweeney
Discussion moderated by Brooke Christensen

Ticha-Ticha awaits the return of Michael, the love of her life, who is, however, drawn to her daughter, Penda. This intense and poetic play deals with love, lust, female genital mutilation, and murder.

Photo Courtesy of Alexandre Gouzou

Born in Mamou, Guinea in 1987, Hakim Bah is both a playwright and a director. His plays have been staged in Africa, Belgium, and France. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Radio France International’s prestigious prize for best play. His plays have been published by Lansman and in Théâtre Ouvert’s Tapuscript collection. Hakim is also the artistic director of the “Universe of Words” festival in Guinea and the Paupières Mobiles theatre company in France.

 

 

Ethan McSweeny is a Brooklyn-based director whose interpretations of new plays, musicals, operas, and revivals has taken him all over the world — most recently to Dublin, Ireland with Florian Zeller’s The Father (Gate Theatre) and to his hometown of Washington, DC with a revival of his 2014 production of The Tempest (Shakespeare Theatre Company) and to Macau, China where his production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream opened the 2016 Macau Arts Festival.  Ethan has premiered works by John Logan (Never the Sinner), Kate Fodor (100 Saints You Should Know, Rx, Fifty Ways), Jason Grote (1001), Lee Blessing (A Body of Water), Regina Taylor (The Trinity River Plays), Noah Haidle (Mr. Marmalade) Rupert Holmes (A Time to Kill), Mark Victor Olsen (Cornelia), Steven Drukman (In This Corner), Anthony Clarvoe (Ctrl+Alt+Delete), and Thomas Bradshaw (Fulfillment). From 2004-2011, he was the co-artistic director of the Chautauqua Theatre Company.

Brooke Christensen is a Ph.D. candidate of Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Centre, CUNY. Her primary research interest is theatre and performance theory considering the intersection of art objects and actors bodies working as co-performers on stage and in visual culture. She was one of the co-founders of the Chicago artist collective Lucid Street Theatre, and she worked with the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company, a commedia dell’arte troupe in Eastbourne, England. She is honored to once again be serving as the PEN World Voices International Play Festival producer.

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May 2

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2017: Sasha Marianna Salzmann – Meteorites

Photo by Esra Rotthoff

Tuesday, May 2
Segal Theatre
8:00pm

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

Meteorites
Written by Sasha Marianna Salzmann (Germany) & translated by Jenny Piening
Directed by Mallory Catlett
Discussion moderated by Antje Oegel

Germany is in the World Cup final; Berlin is dreaming again of a summer fairy tale to forget the world torn by wars. Inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Salzmann sends her protagonists on a seemingly endless search for a new self, which denies traditional concepts of identity.

Courtesy of Stefan Loeber

Sasha Marianna Salzmann is a playwright, essayist, curator, dramaturg and writer in residence at the Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin. She is the co-founder of the magazine freitext and was the artistic director of STUDIO Я, which was named “best experimental work of the year” by DIE WELT newspaper in 2014. She also co-founded NIDS – New Institute for Drama, where she teaches and gives workshops on political writing. Her award-winning work has been translated and produced in over 20 countries. In 2016-17 she was voted “The playwright of the year” by the theatre magazine Deutsche Bühne. Salzmann´s first novel, Außer sich, will be published in September 2017.

Mallory Catlett is an Obie award-winning creator and director of performance across disciplines from Opera and Music Theater to Installation. She is the Artistic Director of Restless, a company designed to excavate the literary and theatrical cannon in creation of contemporary performance. The current project, M/F Future, is a pair of performances based on the novels of William Burroughs and Doris Lessing. In NYC her work has premiered at 3LD, HERE, Ontological-Hysteric, PS122, Abrons, Chocolate Factory, Roulette & the Collapsable Hole; featured at the Ice Factory, COIL, Prelude, Prototype and BAM’s Next Wave; and been developed at MTA, Barishnykov Arts, McDowell, Performing Garage, Abrons, HERE, Mabou Mines, LMCC and Yaddo; and toured internationally to Canada, France, UK, Ireland & Australia. She is a 2015 Foundation for the Contemporary Arts Grantee, a 2016 Creative Capital Awardee and an Assistant Professor of Theater Arts at Stonybrook University.

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May 7

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2017: Rama Haydar – Desert of Light

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Sunday, May 7
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
(236 E 3rd Street, Second Avenue/F Train)
4:00pm

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

Desert of Light
Written by Rama Haydar (Syria)
Translated by Rama Haydar & Rebekah Maggor
Directed by Rebekah Maggor
Discussion moderated by Frank Hentschker, Marvin Carlson

As the brutal siege rages outside, two Palestinian refugees debate the best plan of escape. Set outside Damascus in the Yarmouk refugee camp, this black tragicomedy reveals the catastrophic absurdity of the Syrian civil war.

Rama Haydar is a Palestinian writer from Syria. She has written scripts for theatre, film, television, and radio. She studied English literature at the University of Damascus in Syria as well as theatre studies and criticism at the Damascus High Institute of Dramatic Arts. Her play Exile, (grant recipient, A. M. Qattan Foundation) focuses on the Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk, the main Palestinian camp in Damascus. Her short film Leaving Home, is a narrative documentary of her experience leaving Syria and relocating to Lebanon. She has also written over sixty episodes for the popular Lebanese television series Life School. Haydar resides in Spain where she has written several pieces for the site-specific micro theatre troupe HEXAGONO.

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.

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May 7

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2017: Bashar Murkus – Parallel Time

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Sunday, May 7
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
(236 E 3rd Street, Second Avenue/F Train)
6:00pm

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

Parallel Time
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.

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May 7

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2017: Eunsung Kim – Sister Mok-Rahn

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Sunday, May 7
Nuyorican Poets Cafe 
(236 E 3rd Street, Second Avenue/F Train)
8:00pm

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

Sister Mok-Rahn
Written by Eunsung Kim (South Korea) & translated by Dayoung Jeong
Directed by Seonjae Kim
Discussion moderated by Mia Chung

Desperate to reunite with her parents, a North Korean defector decides to return to her nation’s capital, Pyongyang. All she needs is 50 million won. Thus she is forced to navigate South Korean capitalism.

Eunsung Kim is a South Korean playwright and the Director of Dalnara Dongbakkot Company. He was born in Bosung in 1977 and lives in Seoul. He received his BFA in Directing at the Korea National University of Arts. His debut play, Shidong Rahsah, was awarded with the Korea Times Award for Best Play in 2006. Kim is the recipient of multiple awards including Daesan Creative Writing Funds, Dong-A Theater Award for Best Play, Doosan Artist Award, and Cha Bumseok Play Award. His major works include Sunshine Warriors, Sister Mok-rahn, Mother Yonbian, Hamik, Uncle Soonwoo, Lunar Soap Opera, Tideland (Bbul), and Bbang Bbang Bbang.

Seonjae Kim is a director based in New York City, originally from Seoul, South Korea. Riot Antigone, her Riot Grrrl musical adaptation of Sophocles’ tragedy, premiered at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in February 2017. Other credits: The Essential Ella Maythorne (Dixon Place) You’re Amazing!!!, That Noise (Williamstown Theatre Festival) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rabid Bat Theatricals) Cloud 9, A Perfect Wedding, Kafka on the Shore (Northwestern), Moksori (Chicago Fringe). Kim has worked with renowned directors such as Bill Rauch, Stafford Arima and most recently Pam MacKinnon on the new Broadway musical Amélie. Alumna of Directors’ Lab West, SITI Company Summer Workshop, Powerhouse Training Program, Williamstown Directing Corps, La MaMa Umbria Directors’ Symposium, Playwrights’ Retreat and Next Generation Residency. 2016 Van Lier Fellowship for Directing from the Asian American Arts Alliance & 2016 Mike Ockrent Fellowship from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. Upcoming: Associate Director, KPOP (Ars Nova/Ma-Yi/Woodshed Collective)

Mia Chung is the author of You For Me For You, Catch As Catch Can, and This Exquisite Corpse. You For Me For You had a UK premiere at The Royal Court Theatre, a world premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and multiple productions around the country; the play is published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. In addition to the 2016 Stavis Playwright Award, Mia has received much support: BAPF, Berkeley Rep, Blue Mountain Center, The Civilians, Hedgebrook, Huntington Theatre, Icicle Creek, Inkwell, LAByrinth, Ma-Yi Writers Lab, NEA, NYTW, Playwrights Realm, RISCA, South Coast Rep, Southern Rep, Stella Adler Studio, and TCG. She is a New Dramatist and a Jerome Fellow.

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

Start: May 7, 2017
End: May 7, 2017
Venue: Nuyorican Poets Cafe
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