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October 23

2017 Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award: Adelheid Roosen. Co-presented with the League of Professional Theatre Women

2017 League of Professional Theatre Women’s Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award: Adelheid Roosen

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November 6

Female Voices from Brazil with Ana Maria Gonçalves, Cidinha da Silva, & Marcia Zanelatto

Female Voices from Brazil

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November 13

Roy Cohn/Jack Smith: Remembering Ron Vawter

Photo by Paula Court

Monday, November 13
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Screening + Discussion

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

Join us for a rare screening of a tape of a live performance of Ron Vawter’s legendary performance piece, Roy Cohn/Jack Smith, 25 years after it opened at The Performing Garage in 1992. Followed by a discussion with director Gregory Mehrten, author Gary Indiana, and critics and scholars David Román and Alisa Solomon. Moderated by Frank Hentschker.

Vawter’s two-part solo performance is a double portrait of two complex minds and two opposing manifestations of gay sexuality. Roy Cohn, written by Gary Indiana, is a fictitious imagining of an after-dinner speech that might have been delivered by Donald Trump’s mentor, the homophobic right-wing lawyer and sleazy back-room politico, Roy Cohn, to the “American Association for the Protection of the Family” in 1976. The second part, Jack Smith, is based on an audio recording of a performance by Jack Smith, the notorious underground filmmaker of Flaming Creatures fame, who, in flamboyant harem drag, constructed his own private theater of resistance from fragments of Arabian Nights kitsch, avant-garde film feuds, and passionate B-movie camp. Cohn and Smith had nothing in common except their homosexuality and their deaths from AIDS in New York in the late 1980’s. Vawter, who embodies both men without imitation, died of AIDS in 1994. Born in 1948, he was a founding member of The Wooster Group, and also worked with many leading directors of the Downtown scene.

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Greg Mehrten is an actor, director, writer, translator, and designer who has been making theater Downtown since 1975. A graduate in Theater Arts/Directing from UC Santa Cruz, he was invited by Lee Breuer to come to New York to work with Mabou Mines. He continues to work with Lee and Mabou Mines, including his upcoming role, alongside Maude Mitchell, in Glass Guignol, The Brother and Sister Play, at the new PS122. He has also worked (often many times) with directors JoAnne Akalaitis, Zoe Beloff, Anne Bogart, Kyle DeCamp, Jonathan Demme, Alison Folland, John Jesurun, Elizabeth Lecompte of the Wooster Group, Ruth Maleczech, Christina Masciotti, Richard Maxwell of New York City Players, Brooke O’Harra, PearlDamour, Bill Raymond and Linda Hartinian, David Schweizer, Ron Vawter and Marianne Weems, and Bruce Yonemoto, among others. He was a Member and co-Artistic Director of Mabou Mines from 1980 to 1991 (OBIE Award for Sustained Achievement, 1984), and is currently an Associate Member of the Wooster Group.

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End: Nov 13, 2017
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November 15

Marvin Carlson: 10,000 Nights

Cover art from 10,000 Nights, desgin by Paula Newcomb

Wednesday, November 15
Segal Theatre
6:30pm

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

“Only Marvin Carlson could have written such a wonderful and engaging
theatre history.”
–Erika Fischer-Lichte, Freie Universitat Berlin

Join us for a celebration of Marvin Carlson’s latest book Ten Thousand Nights: Highlights from 50 Years of Theatre-Going. This volume collects an astonishing chronicle of a half-century of theatre-going, in which Carlson recalls 50 memorable productions, out of over 10,000— choosing one from each year spanning from 1960 to 2010. The range of performances covered is wide and represent a history of theatre in itself–edgy experimental productions, theatre classics, mainstream musicals, and street performance. Travel with the author to stages and sidewalks across Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Milan, New York, and elsewhere.

Carlson provides unique insight on what theatre-going meant in each decade, what kind of theatre the zeitgeist produced, and his personal accounts of the productions. These engaging vignettes portray vivid descriptions of productions, venues, and neighborhoods, all told with necessary cultural context—covering significant theatre movements and artists from the late twentieth century to the present. Published by University of Michigan Press.

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Marvin Carlson is  the Sidney E. Cohn Chair in Theatre Studies, has a Ph.D. in drama and theatre from Cornell University. His wide-ranging research and teaching interests include dramatic theory and Western European theatre history, dramatic literature, and translation, especially of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. He has been awarded the ATHE Career Achievement Award, the George Jean Nathan Prize, the Bernard Hewitt prize, the George Freedley Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has been a Walker-Ames Professor at the University of Washington, a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Indiana University, a visiting professor at the Freie Universitat of Berlin, and a Fellow of the American Theatre. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Athens. His best-known book, Theories of the Theatre (1993), has been translated into eight languages. His 2001 book, The Haunted Stage, won the Calloway Prize. His newest book is the Theatres of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia with Khalid Amine (2011)

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November 20

Shūji Terayama’s Laura / Rora and Trial / Shinpan: Performance Screenings with Terayama collaborator, Henrikku Morisaki

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Monday, November 20
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Performance Screenings with Terayama collaborator, Henrikku Morisaki

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

This evening will feature rare screenings of films by legendary avantgarde Japanese poet, dramatist, writer, film director, and photographer Shūji Terayama. Many critics view him as one of the most productive and provocative creative artists to come out of Japan. He has been cited as an influence on various Japanese filmmakers from the 1970s onward.

One of the screenings, Laura, will include the restaging of Terayama’s 1974 film performance with the original actor, Henrikku Morisaki. The screenings are part of a retrospective tour of Shūji Terayama works at Anthology Film Archives (Nov. 21-Dec. 10) and Harvard Film Archive.

The Trial (Shinpan) [Japan 1975, 16mm, color, 34 min]
Directed by Shūji Terayama, no subtitles
With Keiko Niitaka, Yoko Ran, Sueshi Sasada
The Trial begins as a man hammers nails into a city street before normal social order collapses and the ‘disturbance’ spreads to an act of violent audience participation; Terayama made this work for projection on a specially constructed screen and provides blank film at the end as an invitation for audience members to abandon their position as spectators.

Laura (Rora) [Japan 1974, 16mm, color, 9 min]
Directed by Shūji Terayama, Japanese with English subtitles
Inspired by the unfulfilled affair between Laura and Alec in the 1945 British feature, Brief Encounter, Terayama’s outrageous screen fantasy features the onscreen appearances of painted strippers who hurl insults at the audience. One spectator/performer, actor Henrikku Morisaki, will enter the film and emerge clutching his torn clothes, after being stripped and assaulted on
celluloid.

Followed by a discussion with Terayama collaborator Henrikku Morisaki, professors Julia Alekseyeva (CUNY Brooklyn), Peter Eckersall (GC, CUNY), Tom Looser (NYU), and Alex Zahlten (Havard University), and Chizuru Usui (National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo).

The 2017 Terayama retrospective tour is presented in partnership with Harvard Film Archive, Anthology Film Archives, the George Eastman Museum, The Japan Foundation, and the National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, with the generous support of the Kinoshita Group.

Special thanks: Theodore C. Bestor and Stacie Matsumoto—Reischauer Institute, Harvard; Haden Guest (Director), Jeremy Rossen, Brittany Gravely–Harvard Film Archive; Hisashi Okajima, Akira Tochigi and Chizuru Usui—National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Kanako Shirasaki, Koji Nozaki, Sanae Tani–the Japan Foundation; Jed Rapfogel—Anthology Film Archives; Julian Ross; Go Hirasawa.

 

                

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November 28

CUNY Stages: CUNY Performing Arts Centers Conference

Tuesday, November 28
Segal Theatre
Conference

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

The mission of CUNY Stages is to organize the resources, talents, and shared goals of the 16 represented performing arts centers throughout the City University of New York (CUNY) system. In so doing, CUNY Stages will facilitate multi-disciplinary artistic collaborations amongst its members that will foster participation and creativity through the integration of the performing arts into campus life and the surrounding communities. CUNY Stages is committed to encouraging and supporting artistic excellence at the local and international level, promoting audience and artist diversity, and providing affordable access to the arts by sharing information and leveraging financial support. CUNY Stages also aims to facilitate an ongoing dialogue between arts practitioners and contemporary scholars who regularly engage with their work.

The CUNY Performance Art Presenter consists of 24 stages on 14 campuses in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Harlem, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. Founded in 1847, CUNY is the largest urban public university in the United States with 23 institutions. Supporting together with SUNY a population of 19,8 million in New York State, CUNY serves more than 270,000 degree-credit students and continuing and professional education students. The university has one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States, with students hailing from 208 countries, but mostly from New York City. The black, white, and Hispanic undergraduate populations each comprise more than a quarter of the student body, and Asian undergraduates make up 18 percent.
Fifty-eight percent are female, and 28 percent are 25 or older

CUNY Stages is an initiative of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center,
The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Participating campus performing arts centers:

Baruch Performing Arts Center (Baruch College)
Tribeca Performing Arts Center (Borough of Manhattan Community College)
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts (Brooklyn College)

Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall (City College)
College of Staten Island Center for the Performing Arts

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (The Graduate Center)

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture (Hostos Community College)
The Kaye Playhouse and the Performing Arts Depts. (Hunter College)

Gerald W. Lynch Theatre (John Jay College )
Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center (Kingsborough Community College)
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LaGuardia Community College)

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts (Lehman College)
Medgar Evers College
Selma & Max Kupferberg Center for the Visual & Performing Arts (Queens College)

Queensborough Performing Arts Center (Queensborough Community College)
York College Performing Arts Center

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December 4

Italian Playwrights Project. Co-presented with Umanism NY

Lucia Calamaro in Origine del Mondo by Lucia Calamaro. Photo © Claire Pasquier

Monday, December 4
Segal Theatre
6:30pm

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

After the success of the first edition of the Italian Playwrights Project (IPP, 2015/16) and a special evening dedicated to the work of Stefano Massini (Teatro Piccolo, Milan) IPP, once again the Segal Center will collaborate with Valeria Orani and Umanism NY (www.unmanism.com). The initiative will bring some of the brightest, innovative, and most engaging playwrights from Italy to New York to develop their pieces through translation into English and public readings of the work. The Italian Playwrights Project plays an important role in introducing contemporary writing from Italy to the US. The project restarted an artistic dialogue between the two countries which has been sporadic over the last 30 years.

Participants of 2015/16 IPP included Lucia Calamaro, Daria Deflorian & Antonio Tagliarini, Stefano Massini, Fausto Paravidino, and Michele Santeramo. For the first time US playwrights will also be presented in Rome, Italy on December 16th, 2017.

Stay tuned for the final selection of the Italian playwrights by the Advisory Board.

Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York (Giorgio Van Straten, Director). The upcoming anthology of New Plays from Italy from the 2015 IPP has been translated thanks to a grant by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

US advisory Board:
Keith Josef Adkins (Artistic Director, New BlackFest)
Marvin Carlson (Professor of Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Anne Cattaneo (Dramaturg and Director, LCT Directors Lab, Lincoln Center Theatre)
Migdalia Cruz (US Playwright)
Mia Chung (US Playwright)
Marco Calvani (Italian Playwright and Director based in New York)
Frank Hentschker (Segal Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Kate Loewald (Artistic Director, The Play Company)
Bonnie Marranca (PAJ, Publisher Performing Arts Journal)
Terry Nemeth (Publisher, Theatre Communications Group, Inc.)

Italian Advisory Board:
Simone Bruscia (Writer, Producer, Director of Riccione Teatro)
Roberto Canziani (Theatrical Critic for Il Piccolo, University of Udine
Graziano Graziani (Journalist, Radio Conductor RAI Radio 3 – Italy)
Stefano Massini (Playwright)
Valeria Orani (Producer, Artistic Director Umanism NY – 369gradi Italy)
Debora Pietrobono (Dramaturg, Critic)
Giulia Delli Santi (Director of Teatro Pubblico Pugliese, Apulia Theatre Network)

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December 11

Karen Malpede’s Plays in Time

Cover art for Plays in Time by Luba Lukova

Monday, December 11
Segal Theatre
4:30pm Reading + 6:30pm Panel

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

Join us to celebrate the launch of Karen Malpede’s new book, Plays in Time,
honoring twenty-two years of Theater Three Collaborative.

The afternoon will feature the premiere public reading of Malpede’s new play, Other than We–a futuristic Climate-Fiction tragi-comedy for the Anthropocene age.

The evening will present excerpted readings from the anthology Plays in Time published by Intellect, 2017. Readings will include The Beekeeper’s Daughter, Prophecy, Another Life, and Extreme Whether by Theater Three Collaborative actors and contributors to the book: Kathleen Chalfant, Christen Clifford, Najla Said, and George Bartenieff.

Followed by a discussion about Theater Three Collaborative’s antiwar and ecojustice plays in the US and Europe with artists and scholars represented in the book. Panelists include theatre professors Marvin Carlson and Cindy Rosenthal, actor Kathleen Chalfant, and the theater’s founders–George
Bartenieff, and Karen Malpede, moderated by Frank Hentschker. There will be live music by Arthur Rosen.

Karen Malpede, Photo by Ron Morrison

Since their inception in 1995, Theater Three Collaborative has been creating, developing, and producing poetic, character-driven plays on crucial topics of
the day. The group was founded by the late Lee Nagrin, George Bartenieff,
and Karen Malpede to produce Malpede’s play, The Beekeeper’s Daughter. The Collaborative also creates and hosts Festivals of Conscience, talks and talkbacks with public intellectuals, writers, and activists.

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December 18

Celebrating the Life and Work of Trisha Brown†

Photo © Marc Ginot

Monday, December 18
Segal Theatre
2:00pm Screening+ 6:30pm Panel

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

Join us for a day celebrating the life and work of Trisha Brown† (1936-2017).

“One of the most acclaimed and influential choreographers and dancers of her time, Trisha Brown’s groundbreaking work forever changed the landscape of art. A student of Anna Halprin, Brown participated in the choreographic composition workshops taught by Robert Dunn–from which Judson Dance Theater was born–greatly contributing to the fervent of interdisciplinary creativity that defined 1960s New York. Expanding the physical behaviors that qualified as dance, she discovered the extraordinary in the everyday, and brought tasks, rulegames, natural movement and
improvisation into the making of choreography.

With the founding of the Trisha Brown Dance Company in 1970, Brown set off on her own distinctive path of artistic investigation and ceaseless experimentation, which extended for forty years. The creator of over 100 choreographies, six operas, and a graphic artist, whose drawings have
earned recognition in numerous museum exhibitions and collections, Brown’s earliest works took impetus from the cityscape of downtown SoHo, where she was a pioneering settler. In the 1970s, as Brown strove to invent an original abstract movement language–one of her singular achievements–
it was art galleries, museums and international exhibitions that provided her work its most important presentation context.

Today the Trisha Brown Dance Company continues to perpetuate Brown’s legacy through its ‘Trisha Brown: In Plain Site’ initiative. Through it, the company draws on Brown’s model for reinvigorating her choreography through its re-siting in relation to new contexts that include outdoor sites, and museum settings and collections. The company is also involved in an ongoing process of reconstructing and remounting major works that Brown created for the proscenium stage between 1979 and 2011. In addition, the company continues its work to consolidate Trisha Brown’s artistic legacy through their management of her vast archives of notebooks; correspondence; critical reviews; and an unprecedented moving image catalogue raisonné, which records her meticulous creative process over many decades.”

Text by Susan Rosenberg, 2017.

2:00 pm
Screening from the Trisha Brown Archive, curated by Cori Olinghouse.
Skunk Cabbage, Salt Grass, and Waders (1967; filmed performance at Galleria
L’Attico, Rome, Festival Di Danza Vola Musica Dinamite, June 11, 1969)
Dancing on the Edge (1981, WGBH, featuring Opal Loop, Watermotor for Dancer and
Camera, and Locus/Altered, with a lecture demonstration at Bennington College)
Set and Reset: Version 1 (1995, WGBH)
Aeros by Burt Barr

6:30 pm
Panel with dance experts and members of Trisha Brown Dance Company

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