Nelson Rodrigues (1912–1980) is considered the most important Brazilian playwright. Controversial and ambiguous, Rodrigues portrayed himself as a conservative, yet was one of Brazil’s most frequently censored playwrights. His plays were considered so disturbing and offensive that censors banned, for 21 years, one which had the innocuous title of Family Album.
Upcoming Events › Fall 2005
September 27, 2005
September 28, 2005
PRELUDE ‘05 is a mini-festival and symposium celebrating and discussing the very best of new and unconventional theatre being created by NYC-based theatre artists and companies. The weekend will feature 20 short performances, readings, and open rehearsals with a focus on works in progress for the upcoming 2005-06 season and beyond. PRELUDE ’05 gives audiences the rare chance to see the work of NYC’s most distinctive contemporary theatre under one roof. Experience the in-progress work of the city’s most exciting, unconventional theatre – with all performances followed by talkbacks with artists.
October 11, 2005
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center invited American and French theatre artists—writers, directors, actors—and scholars who collaborated in France or the United States to create Carte Blanche. This series features several dialogues, staged readings, performances, and a Translation ThinkTank.
October 11, 2005
A conversation between legendary New York avant-garde director Richard Foreman (Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, New York) and director Bernard Sobel (Théâtre de Gennevilliers, Paris) based on more than twenty years of collaboration.
October 18, 2005
An Evening with Japanese Butoh dance artists and critics
October 24, 2005
Dedicated to French and foreign contemporary theatre for the past forty years, legendary French director Claude Régy will discuss his recent work on Sarah Kane’s theatre, including 4.48 Psychose which is being presented at Brooklyn Academy of Music, starring Isabelle Huppert.
November 1, 2005
Conversation between legendary American director Robert Wilson and world-class French actor Isabelle Huppert on their collaboration on French theatre and their 1994 collaboration, Orlando. Moderator (to be confirmed): James Lipton, host, writer and executive producer of “Inside the Actor’s Studio.”
November 5, 2005
A day of workshops, discussions, and readings of text excerpts. Translators, directors, and playwrights will focus on issues of translation and adaptation of contemporary French theatre on the American stage.
November 5, 2005
An evening with Ludovic Lagarde (Paris) and writer Olivier Cadiot (Paris), on the occasion of the French production of Cadiot’s Colonel Zoo (Colonel des Zouaves) directed by Ludovic Lagarde and of its American production, A.W.O.L, directed by Marion Schoevaert. Both productions are presented at the 59E59 Theater. Reading by New York actor Steven Ratazzi with music by and with French musician Benoît Delbecq.
November 7, 2005
Elizabeth LeCompte, Director of The Wooster Group (New York), speaks with Professor David Savran about the company’s work with two French texts in translation: La Tentation de Saint Antoine by Gustave Flaubert (FRANK DELL’S THE TEMPTATION OF SAINT ANTONY, 1987) and Phèdre by Jean Racine (TO YOU, THE BIRDIE!, 2001, translated by Paul Schmidt).
November 8, 2005
A screening of Radu Gabrea’s documentary film about the origins of modern Yiddish theatre and Yiddish theatre pioneer, Abraham Goldfaden, followed by a presentation by New York’s Folksbiene Theatre, with Zalmen Mlotek. Discussion with Radu Gabrea and Harry Eliad (Romania), Shumel Atzmon (Israel), and Moshe Yassur (New York) to follow.
November 18, 2005
János Háy caused a sensation in Hungary in 2001 with the premiere of his first play, Géza-boy. His plays, set among those living at the periphery of Hungarian society today, deal with ultimate questions about modern existence.
November 21, 2005
Actors Hilario Saavedra (Los Angeles) and André Marcon (Paris), a longtime collaborator with the playwright, will perform a staged reading of Adramélech’s Monologue (in English) and L’Animal du temps (in French). A discussion, based on their collaboration on the American production of Adramélech’s Monologue in Chicago, will follow. Moderator Travis Preston (Center for New Theatre, CalArts).
November 28, 2005
A hyper-lecture by Big Art Group, a New York-based theatre company highly acclaimed in Europe. This unique live presentation elaborates on Big Art Group’s body of performance and examines the company’s desire for new modes of performed experience.
December 5, 2005
A celebration of the publication of the latest volume in the series of Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications: The Arab Oedipus: Four Plays.
December 8, 2005
This event inaugurates the opening of the International Institute for the Study of Performance and Spiritual Movements (PSM).
December 12, 2005
A rare fifteen-minute performance of the nineteenth-century erotic puppet play The Tart and the Student (La Gisette et l’étudiant) by celebrated French satirist, artist, and playwright, Henry Monnier.
December 12, 2005
Staging French playwrights in the USA/Working with American actors French director and actor Arthur Nauzyciel will discuss his experience with American actors, focusing on his American production Black Battles with Dogs, adapted from Bernard-Marie Koltès’s Combat de nègres et de chiens. Also invited: Robert Woodruff (Artistic Director, A.R.T. Boston)
December 13, 2005
An evening with Peter Schumann and the Bread and Puppet Theater
December 15, 2005
Join us for an evening with Manlio Santanelli, a Neapolitan and one of Italy’s finest contemporary playwrights.
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