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March 3

FTP: Aurélia Thiérrée – Untitled

4:15pm – 4:30pm
Aurélia Thiérrée – Untitled (US, work-in-progress)
5 minutes | Segal Theatre
www.aureliathierree.com

Cinematography by Paul Thomas

*followed by a a brief discussion with Aurélia Thiérrée.

Aurélia Thierrée started performing in shows with Le Cirque Imaginaire when she was a child. She has worked in cabaret in Berlin, toured with The Tiger Lillies in their show Tiger Lillies Circus, and appeared in films, working with directors Milos Forman and Jacques Baratier amongst others. She collaborated on two shows: Aurelia’s Oratorio and Murmurs, or Murmures des murs, that still tour internationally. She is currently working on a third show.

Start: Mar 3, 2017
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March 3

FTP: Arran Shearing – Forgotten Man

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7:00pm – 8:30pm
Arran Shearing – Forgotten Man (UK/Canada, 2017)
84 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
English
http://arranshearing.tumblr.com

A young actor in an East London theatre company for the homeless romances a wealthy out-of-towner in the bustling streets of contemporary London.

With Jerry Hall, Anna Maguire, Tyler Dawson, and others.

*Followed by a brief discussion with Arran Shearing.

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Arran Shearing is a Writer/Director working between Canada and the UK. Forgotten Man is his first feature film. Arran had previously directed award winning music videos for independent and major labels alike, for artists including Felix Da Houscat, K-OS, Mac Demarco, and The Other Tribe (Sony Music). He has directed stage visuals and trailers for several theatre productions including Everything Else Happened (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and If What I hear is True (The Yard). He is currently developing his second feature film. Arran previously attended the Norman Jewison Canadian Film Centre and acted as technical consultant to the BFI.

Start: Mar 3, 2017
End: Mar 3, 2017
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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March 6

FTP: Mariano Franco and Marie Belzil with Robert Lepage – The Image Mill Revealed

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3:00pm – 4:00pm
Mariano Franco and Marie Belzil with Robert Lepage – The Image Mill Revealed (Quebec, 2009)
60 minutes | Segal Theatre
French with English subtitles
www.lacaserne.net

This documentary describes the final 3 months leading up to the opening of Moulin à Images, an impressionistic performance-event celebrating Quebec City’s 400th anniversary. Director Robert Lepage works with a member of the Ex Machina team, leading a group of talented and creative young people who were invited to build this monumental panorama.

This film by Mariano Franco and Marie Belzil demonstrates the scope of the Lepage project, highlighting the contribution of every artist. The Image Mill Revealed is an adventure in art for the viewing audience.

Photo by Jocelyn Michel/Consulat

The film’s co-directors are Mariano Franco and Marie Belzil–the latter is also a member of the Lepage’s Ex Machina team (Quebec).
Versatile in every form of theatre craft, Robert Lepage is equally talented as a director, playwright, actor and film director. His creative and original approach to theatre has won him international acclaim and shaken the dogma of classical stage direction to its foundations, especially through his use of new technologies.

Start: Mar 6, 2017
End: Mar 6, 2017
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March 6

FTP: A Two Dogs Company/ Kris Verdonck – Presyncope

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4:45pm – 5:00pm
A Two Dogs Company/ Kris Verdonck – Presyncope (Belgium, 2010)
15 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.atwodogscompany.org

In Presyncope, a camera slowly and steadily slides down the façade of a tall office block. It is pointed towards the ground, approaching it slowly. We hear the calm voice of someone describing her thoughts and impressions during the fall. This inner monologue contains scraps of memories from the lifetime that preceded the fall.

Presyncope is a state consisting of lightheadedness, muscular weakness,
and feeling faint.

 

Photo by Danny Williams

As a theatre maker and visual artist, Kris Verdonck (Belgium, 1974) can look back over a wide variety of projects positioned in the transit zone between visual arts and theatre, between installation and performance, between dance and architecture. Most recently, Verdonck created the 3D video-installation ISOS with the support of the EMPAC Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. ISOS is based on the world and characters from the apocalyptic science-fiction novels of J.G. Ballard and was presented at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Last year, a symposium on Verdonck’s artistic practice was organized in the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.

Start: Mar 6, 2017
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March 27

Elfriede Jelinek’s On the Royal Road: The Burgher King – World Premiere Reading Translated by Gitta Honegger l Directed by Stefan Dzeparoski

Translated by Gitta Honegger

Monday, March 27
Segal Theatre

6:30pm Reading + Conversation

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

“This unique performance text by 2004 Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek offers a provocative European perspective on Donald Trump’s persona. The main speaker, a blind female seer suggests Miss Piggy channeling a confused Tiresias as she tries to get a handle on the bizarre behavior of the leader elect to draw from it some sort of oracle for the future. This seer with bleeding eyes sends Trump through a shattered looking glass where Jelinek examines him through the distorted mirrors of the heroes of Western culture: From Oedipus to Abraham, Isaac and Jesus, to Martin Heidegger, who attempted to lead the Führer.”
                                                                                                                            – Gitta Honegger

The world premiere of Elfriede Jelinek’s On the Royal Road: The Burgher King will be staged in October 2017 at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Germany. The rights to the world premiere reading at the Segal Center in New York have been generously granted by Rowohlt Theater Verlag; Nils Tabert, Head of Rowohlt Theater Verlag publishing house in close collaboration with Jelinek’s translator, Gitta Honegger.

 

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The Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek received the 2004 Nobel Prize for Literature and many other prestigious literary and theatre awards. She is best known in the US from Michel Haneke’s film The Piano Teacher based on her novel Die Klavierspielerin.  Since the Nobel award she has written only one novel, but many plays addressing urgent issues of our times. Her themes include the politics of memory and guilt (Rechnitz); the 2008 global financial crisis, (Die Kontrakte des Kaufmanns); the rapidly escalating European refugee crisis (Die Schutzbefohlenen); the 2015 Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris (Wut), and now Donald Trump (Auf dem Königsweg). Her latest performance text was preceded by a brief essay, [German title] “The One and Only. His Ownness” which she wrote one day after the presidential election. Jelinek is one of the most produced living authors/playwrights in the German language world. Her plays are presented by all the major theatre companies often staged by leading innovative directors. These productions have been invited to countless prestigious international festivals and received numerous awards. Her plays have also been produced across Europe, in Japan, India, Australia and China. In the US the only fully professional staging was the 2013 New York Woman’s Project Theatre’s production of Jackie, directed by Tea Alagic. It was nominated for 2 Lucille Lortel awards, for outstanding solo show and outstanding sound design.

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Gitta Honegger
is the authorized translator of Elfriede Jelinek.  Recent translations of Jelinek’s performance texts: Rechnitz (The Avenging Angel) and the Merchant’s Contracts. A Comedy of Economics; Charges (The Supplicants) (all Seagull Books/U. of Chicago Press), Fury (Rowohlt Theatre scripts); Shadow. Eurydice Says (Performing Arts Journal), On the Royal Road: The Burgher King (forthcoming, Yale/Theater Magazine); Fury/Rage, an adaptation by the Hamburg Thalia Theatre, that interweaves parts of her text with scenes from Simon Stephens’ Rage, a response to Jelinek’s text.Currently Honegger is completing her translation of Jelinek’s opus magnum, the 666 page novel The Children of the Dead for Yale University Press. She also translated plays by Thomas Bernhard, Elias Canetti, Marie Luise Fleisser and others.  Book publications: Thomas Bernhard, The Making of an Austrian, (Yale University Press), which she also translated into German (Propyläen Verlag).  Dr. Honegger is Professor of Theatre at Arizona State University. For ten years she was a professor of dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at the Yale School of Drama and resident dramaturg at the Yale Repertory Theatre, where she also directed.

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Stage and film director, Stefan Džeparoski, is a Serbian-born, New York-based, renowned international director and creator known for his visually arresting and iconic live productions. The hallmark of his interdisciplinary stage practices is the creative use of projected media. His work has been seen on stages in Europe, Canada and US. Most recently Stefan directed Off-Broadway productions of Wide Awake Hearts by Brendan Gall (BirdLand Theatre at 59E59 Theaters), and The Birds by Conor McPherson (BirdLand Theatre at 59E59 Theaters). He is a Resident Director at BirdLand Theatre where he also directed Fortune and Menʼs Eyes by John Herbert, and Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph. His other selected directing credits include After The Fall by Arthur Miller, The Creation of the World and Other Business by Arthur Miller, Roberto Zucco by Bernard Marie Koltes, Whoʼs Afraid of Virginia Wolf by Edward Albee and Quartet by Heiner Müller. His multimedia project Delete was featured at Prague Quadrennial in 2015. Stefan is an award-winning director and educator holding MFA in Theatre Directing, and MA in Theater Studies.

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Masha Dakić, has more than ten years of professional theatre experience as an actress in Europe. Originally based in Serbia, she has worked with some of the major directors from the region. She also performed in Stockholm (Sweden) and Derry (UK). As a lead voice-over artist she has been a part of relevant franchised work such as Ice Age; Smurfs; Phineas and Ferb; Wreck-It Ralph, etc. She, co-produced and wrote the screenplay for a short film Run-up(2012), securing its distribution in Japan. With Tuna Fish Studio and the first regional Web Series #SamoKazem (#JustSaying, powered by BBC Media Action) that won the Satellite Award in Los Angeles; Special Honoree for prestigious Webby Awards, she took on a role of the Head of Casting, being also the creative part of the Production team. Shortlisted for Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab, (2015), Official Finalist “World Series of Screenwriting” (2015) with her first feature film screenplay, and one of the lead writers for Serbian Sitcom Nemoj da Zvocas (TV Prva, 2016), Masha is a diverse artist who takes special pride in her collaborations with the director Anja Susa and is excited to be, now a long-term Alumni of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center’s Reading Series.

Start: Mar 27, 2017
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April 19

Arab Classic Plays: Yusuf Idris (Egypt), Issam Mahfouz (Lebanon) + Sa’dallah Wannous (Syria)

Wednesday, April 19
Segal Theatre
2:00pm,  4:30pm, 6:30pm Readings +Discussion

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

Please join us as we expand our collective knowledge of the classical canon of Arab plays. Yusuf Idris (Egypt), Issam Mahfouz (Lebanon) and Sa’dallah Wannous (Syria) are some of the Arab world’s most renowned playwrights, but are relatively unknown to the Western world. Their complex and nuanced plays address the timeless issues of power and politics in ways that deeply resonate with our own situation. This event is curated by Joy Sarah Arab (Producer) in collaboration with Marvin Carlson; dramaturgy by Salma S. Zohdi.

The evening reading will be followed by a discussion with Joy Sarah Arab, Marvin CarlsonKareem Fahmy (Director/Playwright), Philip Himberg (Sundance Institute Theatre Program), Christian Parker (Columbia University), Edward Ziter (Tisch School of the Arts, NYU), and Salma S. Zohdi. The discussion will be moderated by Frank Hentschker.

2:00pm The Adventure of the Head of Mamlouk Jabir (1971)
Written by Sa’dallah Wannous (Syria)
Translated by Robert Myers and Nada Saab
Directed by Rania Khalil

The Adventure of the Head of Mamlouk Jabir was completed in 1971, several months after Hafez al-Assad seized power. It was first staged in the Arab world in a production directed by the Iraqi director Jawad al-Assadi. The play is perhaps most notable for its use of a hakawati, a traditional Arabic storyteller, as a narrator in a traditional gathering place in the Arab world, a coffee house, who tells the story-within-a-story—a form derived from Eastern frame tales like 1001 Nights.

4:30pm The Dictator (1969)
Written by Issam Mahfouz (Lebanon)
Translated by Robert Myers and Nada Saab
Directed by Sara Rademacher

The Dictator is an absurdist classic. A minimalist mixture of Ionesco, Plautus, and Beckett, with fierce and frequently hilarious jabs at despotism in the Arab world, The Dictator was a revolutionary work when it was written in the 1960s and continues to speak to the revolutions and reversals unfolding in today’s Middle East.

6:30pm The Flipflaps (1964)
Written by Yusuf Idris (Egypt)
Translated by Trevor LeGassick
Directed by NJ Agwuna

Known as Yusuf Idris’s foremost absurdist work, The Flipflaps (Al Farafir) was written during a time of great change and challenge in Egypt and caused a literary uproar for two weeks in 1964 before it was banned. The Flipflaps is a two-person dialogue between a master and a slave. The slave, Flipflap, imparts Idris’s social, political, moral, and metaphysical ideas through allusions and symbols.

Yusuf Idris, born May 19, 1927, is an Egyptian playwright and novelist who broke with traditional Arabic literature by mixing colloquial dialect with conventional classical Arabic narration in the writing of realistic stories about ordinary villagers. Idris studied medicine at the University of Cairo (1945–51) and was a practicing physician in Cairo when he began to write fiction. As a committed leftist, he initially supported President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s reforms but later, in 1954, was imprisoned for opposing Nasser. Idris’ first anthology of stories, Arkhas Layali (The Cheapest Nights), appeared in 1954 and was quickly followed by several more volumes, including A-laysa kadhalik (Isn’t That So?). In the 1960s he sought to create a uniquely Egyptian dramatic form using colloquial language and elements of traditional folk drama and shadow theatre. He presented this plan in a series of three essays entitled “Towards a New Arabic Theatre,” and he tried to put it into practice in his own plays, notably Al-Lahzat al-harija (The Critical Moment), Al-Farafir (The Flipflaps), and Al-Mukhatatin (The Striped Ones).

Born in southern Lebanon in 1939, Issam Mahfouz, at the early age of twenty, quickly became involved in the movement to renovate and modernize Arabic poetry, which was spearheaded by the poets Yusuf al-Khal and Adonis. Several years later he wrote his first play, The China Tree (al-Zanzalakht), which premiered in Beirut in 1968. The China Tree, published in 1995 in the anthology Modern Arabic Drama, edited by Salma Jayyusi and Roger Allen, is the first play of a trilogy written between 1963 and 1967, which includes The Dictator (al-Dictatur), translated into English by Robert Myers and Nada Saab, and Saadoun the King (Sa’dun Malikan). The first two works were completed, but the latter was not. In 1969, the year after the premiere of The China Tree, The Dictator was produced in Beirut. The Dictator was recently revived and staged in Beirut in 2012, in a production directed by Lina Abyad, who modified the text and changed the gender of the two characters, the General and Saadoun, to female. This production was also performed in 2012 at Sharjah’s Theater Festival, where it received the award for “Best Arab Play of 2012” (the Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammad Al-Qasim Prize). In addition to publishing four collections of poetry between 1959 and 1973, Mahfouz taught drama at the Lebanese University from 1969 to 1975, and in 1976, soon after the Lebanese Civil War began, he moved to France, where he lived until 1981. Other notable plays written after the trilogy include Carte Blanche, written in 1972, and a collection of short plays published in 1975. For the celebration of World Theater Day in 2000, he was asked to translate a play from the international repertory.  He chose Striptease, a Kafkaesque one-act play by the Polish playwright Slawomir Mrozek, in which two men, an intellectual and activist, are imprisoned for unknown reasons and are eventually forced to strip. Mahfouz later adapted the play, maintaining the nucleus of Mrozek’s plot but adding elements that highlighted his own critical perspective of globalism, which had become an increasingly dominant aspect of contemporary political and economic life.

Sa’dallah Wannous, who was born in 1941 near Tartous, Syria and died in 1997, is widely considered to be one most important playwright from the Arab world of the twentieth century. He was a playwright, cultural critic, journalist, founder and director of the High Dramatic Institute in Damascus, and dramatic theorist. He wrote over twenty plays including An Evening’s Entertainment for the Fifth of June, The Adventure of the Head of Mamlouk Jaber, The King is the King and Rituals of Signs and Transformations. This latter work was produced in 2013 in French at the Comédie Française in Paris and in English at Babel Theatre in Beirut, where it was directed by Sahar Assaf and produced by Robert Myers, Joy Sarah Arab and AUB. The English version, translated by Nada Saab and Robert Myers with a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, appears in “Four Plays From Syria: Sa’dallah Wannous,” edited with translations by Marvin Carlson and Safi Mahfouz, published by CUNY’s Martin E. Segal Theater Center in 2014. The translation of The Adventure of the Head of Mamlouk Jaber used in this reading will appear in “Sentence to Hope,” a collection of translations of Wannous plays and other writings, to be published this year by Yale University Press’s Margellos World Republic of Letters series.

NJ Agwuna is a freelance theatre and film director, hailing from the ‘burb’s of central Maryland. Performing from a young age, NJ found herself drawn more to the directorial and technical side of theatre. In 2009 she pursued her passion for theatre, at Binghamton University, where she majored in Theatre Directing and Cinema. Some of NJ’s credits include Garbage (Director), Good Man (Director), The Duel (Director), Town Hall (Director), Truth or Lie (Director), Funeral Food (Director), Dracula (Director), Then She Fell (ASM), Roadside Attraction (SM), Amazing Spider-Man 2, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More (SM Sub). She would like to thank Joy for trusting her in the driver’s seat. She would also like to thank her family and roommate for always keeping her grounded.  www.njagwuna.com

Rania Khalil is a performance artist working in live and moving image. Her original artworks and performances have been seen in such places as The Judson Church, LaMama Galleria, Joe’s Pub, Utopia Station, HERE Center for the Arts,  The Ontological-Hysteric Theater in New York,  Townhouse Gallery Cairo, Al Ma’mal Contemporary Art Foundation Jerusalem, and the 2015 Venice Biennale.  Born to Egyptian parents in the U.S., Khalil has recently returned to New York after 9 years abroad in Egypt and Finland where she is a doctoral candidate in artistic research at the Theatre Academy/ University of Arts Helsinki.  She lives and works in Brooklyn.  www.raniakhalil.co

Sara Rademacher is the Co-Founder and former Artistic Director of Elements Theatre Collective, whose mission is to bring professional quality theatre free of charge to audiences with limited access.  Sara is dedicated to creating theatre to engage her community both locally and globally. She holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University. Some favorite directing credits include The Last Five Years, Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and boom.  Before forming Elements, she studied theatre in South Africa, and earned her BA in Dramatic Arts at UCSB. She has worked in Casting, Assistant Directing, Dramaturgy and other internships regional theatres including The Guthrie, Seattle Repertory, Mixed Blood, Marin Theatre, and more.  Recently, she directed Campaign at the Museum of Art and Design and is currently directing for the Greenhouse Theatre Ensemble. Sara currently works for The National Theatre Conference. She continues to serve on the Board at Elements.

Start: Apr 19, 2017
End: Apr 19, 2017
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April 24

Remembering Dario Fo with Robert Brustein

Photo by Guido Harari/Milan (1995)

Monday, April 24
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Conversation + 2:00pm Screenings

*Watch livestream here at 6:30pm!

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.
Join us for a day celebrating the legacy of Dario Fo with Robert Brustein, the legendary founder of the Yale Repertory Theatre and the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T) and Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Evening conversation with Robert Brustein (via Skype) ; plus actor Joseph Grifasi reads excerpts from selected Dario Fo plays:

Accidental Death of An Anarchist (1970)
Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas (1992)
Mistero Buffo (1969)
We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! (1974)
(Plays TBC)

Afternoon screenings curated by Rossella Menna.

Additional support from Rossella Menna (Dramaturg, performing arts curator), and Mariateresa Pizza (Director, Franca Rame Dario Fo Archive/Rome); the Italian Playwrights Project, Valeria Orani and The Italian Cultural Institute, Giorgio Van Straten.

The Segal Center honored Franca Rame in 2013 after her passing.

 

Afternoon screenings:

2:00pm Mistero Buffo Part 1 (Palazzina Liberty, 1977)
– subtitled English 60 min excerpt
3:00pm Morte accidentale di un anarchico (Teatro Cristallo, Milano 1987) – subtitled English 60 min excerpt
4:00pm The Theatre of Dario Fo (documentary, 1984) – in English 50 min
5:00pm Dario Fo and Franca Rame: A Nobel for Two (documentary, 1998) in English 55 min Directed by Lorena Luciano & Filippo Piscopo

 

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Awarded the coveted National Medal for the Arts in 2011 by President Obama, Robert Brustein—a veteran of World War II—has been a playwright, critic, teacher, actor, director, and founder of
two major repertory theatre companies, the Yale Repertory Theatre and the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard. Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University, he is a former Professor of English at Harvard University (now Senior Research Fellow), and New Republic Theatre Critic for over forty years. He now writes regularly for the Huffington Post, and teaches Dramaturgy students at the Drama School. He was Dean of the Yale School of Drama for thirteen years, where he also founded Yale Theatre magazine and the Yale Cabaret. He served for 20 years as Director of the Loeb Drama Center where he founded the ART Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard.

 

In Fugadal Senato 2013@ Photo credit: Luca Vittorio Toffolon

Dario Fo (24 March 1926 – 13 October 2016) was an Italian actor-playwright, comedian, singer, theatre director, stage designer, songwriter, painter, political campaigner for the Italian left-wing and the recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature. Fo’s plays, in a hybrid Brechtian tradition, have been translated into 30 languages, and he was considered the most widely performed contemporary playwright in world theatre. Much of Fo’s dramatic work, co-created with his partner Franca Rame (18 July 1929 – 29 May 2013), depends on improvisation and comprises the recovery of “illegitimate” forms of theatre, such as those performed by giullari (medieval strolling players) and, more famously, the ancient Italian style of commedia dell’arte.
His plays have been translated into 30 languages and performed across the world, including in Argentina, Chile, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, the UK[6] and Yugoslavia. His work of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s is peppered with criticisms of assassinations, corruption, organised crime, racism, Roman Catholic theology and war. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, he took to lampooning Forza Italia and its leader Silvio Berlusconi, while his targets of the 2010s included the banks amid the European sovereign-debt crisis.
Fo’s solo pièce célèbre, titled Mistero Buffo and performed across Europe, Canada and Latin America over a 30-year period, is recognised as one of the most controversial and popular spectacles in postwar European theatre. The play has been denounced by by Cardinal Ugo Poletti from the Vatican as “the most blasphemous show in the history of television”. Fo considered himself an atheist. The 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature marked the “international acknowledgment of Fo as a major figure in twentieth-century world theatre.” The Swedish Academy praised Fo as a writer “who emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden”. Dario Fo owned and operated his own theatre company.

                                                                                                                                                        

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JOE GRIFASI Recent appearances include Endgame at Long Wharf Theater, Julie Taymore’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Encores revival of Little Shop of Horrors. Broadway shows include Dinner at Eight, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The 1940’s Radio Hour and Happy End. Other credits:  The Boys Next Door (Drama Desk Award), Says I Says He, Phoenix Theater, Hughie Goodman Theater, Room Service, Enemies (Williamstown), About Face and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Yale Rep). Directing credits include One Slight Hitch by Lewis Black, A Cup of Coffee by Preston Sturges and As I Remember It at The Kennedy Center. Joe has appeared in over fifty feature films including, Presumed Innocent, The Deer Hunter, Beaches, Naked Gun, Benny & Joon, Matewan, FX and Natural Born Killers. TV appearances include, Bull, The Good Wife, Law & Order, Rosanne and LA Law. He is on the faculty of  The New School of Drama.

 

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May 1

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

Photo by Sebastian Bourges

Monday, May 1
Segal Theatre
4:00pm

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

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.

 

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

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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

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

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
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May 10

Andrzej Wirth: A Century in the Landscape of Theatre

Photo by Antonio M. Storch, 2017, Berlin

Wednesday, May 10
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Conversation
+ 4:00pm Screening of Theatre Without Audience
by Pawel Kocambasi, 2014, Poland
www.knudsenstreuber.com

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

Join us for an evening with Andrzej Wirth, the legendary philosopher of theatre and founder of the ‘Applied Theater Studies’ in Giessen (Germany) in conversation with his former student Frank Hentschker. We will be celebrating Wirth’s interview biography, Flucht Nach Vorn (Fleeing Forward) by theatre critic Thomas Irmer, published in Germany by Spector Verlag, Leipzig (Polish translation in 2016 by Theater Institute, Warsaw). In the afternoon The Segal Center will screen the 2014 biographical documentary film on Wirth entitled Theatre Without Audience by Pawel Kocambasi, focusing on Wirth’s life and his experiments with Brecht’s play fragments of Downfall of the Egotist Johann Fatzer.

Andrzej Wirth, as a literary and theatre critic as well as an editor in Warsaw, wrote on Witkiewicz, Grotowski, Mrozek and Kantor. He was an assistant at Brecht’s Berliner Ensemble and associated with the literary Gruppe 47. A mediator between Polish and German culture during a vital period, Wirth translated works by German writers Kafka, Dürrenmatt, and Brecht into Polish and edited works by Bruno Schulz, Tadeusz Borowski, and modern Polish dramatists. Following a political emigration to the USA in 1966, Wirth taught drama and comparative literature at Stanford University, moving to the City University of New York in 1970. Additionally, he directed plays at campus theatres. In the 1970s, Wirth was instrumental in introducing Gertrude Stein, Robert Wilson and American Avant-garde Theatre into German critical discourse. A former student of praxiology (the theory of praxis) at the Warsaw School of Analytical Philosophy, he was looking for its application in theatre studies. In 1982, he founded the first German Institute for Applied Theatre Theory (Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft) at the Justus Liebig University Gießen, garnering a national and international reputation for that program and inviting internationally reputed guests such as Heiner Müller, George Tabori, Michael Kirby, Robert Wilson, Richard Schechner, John Jesurun and Emma Lew Thomas. As a visiting professor, Wirth taught and directed at Harvard University, Yale School of Drama, Oxford University, St Antony’s College, and the Freie Universität, Berlin. He has conducted international theatre workshops in Sydney, Australia, and under the hospices of the Teatro de la Righe in Volterra, Italy, as well as at Oxford University. With Thomas Martius, he made films on Venice and Las Vegas and on Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. A biographical documentary film on Wirth entitled Theatre Without Audience by Pawel Kocambasi premiered in 2014. The same year an interview biography, Flucht Nach Vorn (Fleeing Forward) by theatre critic Thomas Irmer was published in Germany (Spector Verlag, Leipzig; followed by a Polish translation in 2016(Theater Institute, Warsaw).

Start: May 10, 2017
End: May 10, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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May 18

Dramaturgy in the Making with Katalin Trencsényi, Peter Eckersall, Bertie Ferdman

Photo credit: DESH, Akram Khan Company, photographer: Richard Haughton

Thursday, May 18
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Book Talk
+ 2:00pm Screenings

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

Join us in celebrating the new publication Dramaturgy in the Making: A User’s Guide for Theatre Practitioners by Katalin Trencsényi, published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama in 2015. Trencsényi’s research maps contemporary dramaturgical practices in various settings of theatre-making and dance to reveal the different ways that dramaturgs work today. It provides a thorough survey of three major areas of practice—institutional dramaturgy, production dramaturgy and dance dramaturgy—with each illustrated through a range of case studies that illuminate methodology and which will assist practitioners in developing their own “dramaturgical toolbox.” The book provides a detailed and precise insight into the dramaturgical processes at organizations such as the Akram Khan Company, les ballets C de la B (Ghent), the National Theatre and the Royal Court (London), the Schaubühne (Berlin) and The Sundance Institute Theatre Lab (Utah), among others.

Screening Schedule:
2:00pm One Day Pina Asked by Chantal Akerman (1983) 57 min
3:00pm Dancing Dreams by Anne Linsel and Rainer Hoffman (2010) 89 min
4:30pm VSPRS Show and Tell by Sophie Fiennes (2007) 72 min

 

 

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Katalin Trencsényi is a London-based dramaturg, researcher and associate lecturer at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Katalin is co-founder of the Dramaturgs’ Network (d’n) and is a member of the d’n Advisory Board. Katalin is the co-editor of New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014), and editor of Bandoneon: Working with Pina Bausch (Oberon Books, 2016).

 

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Peter Eckersall is Professor of Asian Theatre and Executive Officer of the Ph.D. Program in Theatre at the Graduate Centre, City University of New York.  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 cofounder of Dramaturgies and was the resident dramaturg for the performance group Not Yet It’s Difficult.

 

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Bertie Ferdman is Assistant Professor at BMCC at the City University of New York, where she teaches theater studies courses and public speaking. Her essays have appeared in TDR, PAJ, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, and Performance Research. Her book, Off Sites: Contemporary Performance beyond Site-Specific, is forthcoming from SIU Press- its Theater of the Americas Series. She was co-editor of a Special Issue of Yale’s Theater Magazine on Performance Curating. Her essay from that collection is upcoming in an anthology titled Curating Live Arts: Global Perspectives, Envisioning Theory and Practice in Performance. Bertie is a graduate of Yale University, has a Masters in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and earned her PhD from The Graduate Center, CUNY.

 

Start: May 18, 2017
End: May 18, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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May 30

Artist talk with Tadashi Suzuki (Japan)

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Tuesday, May 30
Segal Theatre
12:00 Artist Talk with Tadashi Suzuki & Kameron Steele, with Frank Hentschker
+ 11:30am, 2:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:45pm Screenings

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

The Segal Center welcomes legendary Japanese theatre artist Tadashi Suzuki on his perhaps last visit to the United States.
Suzuki (born 1939 in Shimizu) is a theatre director, writer, and philosopher working out of Toga, Toyama, Japan. He is the founder and director of the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT), organizer of Japan’s first international theatre festival (Toga Festival). With director Anne Bogart he co-founded the Saratoga International Theatre Institute in Saratoga Springs, New York. He is the creator of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training. In conversation with Kameron Steele (editor and translator of Tadashi Suzuki’s Culture Is the Body) and Frank Hentschker.

Tadashi Suzuki will present his 2016 Theatre Olympics version of his 1986 signature work The Trojan Women in a rare performance at Skidmore College in upstate New York as part of the Transformation through Training: Symposium on the Suzuki Method of Actor Training, taking place May 31 – June 3 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. 
Please visit www.siti.org/symposium2017 for more information.
Questions? Contact SITI at symposium@siti.org.

Event Schedule

11:30am Special Feature Program on SCOT and Toga 2015 20min
12:00pm Conversation with Tadashi Suzuki, Kameron Steele, Frank Hentschker
2:00pm Interview with Tadashi Suzuki from 2015 15min
2:15pm Suzuki’s production of Chekhov’s Ivanov 2004 80min
3:45pm Documentary on Suzuki’s Taiwan production of La Dame aux Camélias 2011 56min

 

Tadashi Suzuki is the founder and director of the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) based in Toga Village, located in the mountains of Toyama prefecture. He is the organizer of Japan’s first international theatre festival (Toga Festival), and the creator of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training. Suzuki also plays an important role with several other organizations: as General Artistic Director of Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (1995~2007), as a member of the International Theatre Olympics Committee, as founding member of the BeSeTo Festival (jointly organized by leading theatre professionals from Japan, China and Korea) and as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Japan Performing Arts Foundation (2000~2010), a nation-wide network of theatre professionals in Japan.
Suzuki’s works include “On the Dramatic Passions”, “The Trojan Women”, “Dionysus”, “King Lear”, “Cyrano de Bergerac”, “Madame de Sade” and many others. Besides productions with his own company, he has directed several international collaborations, such as “The Tale of Lear”, co-produced and presented by four leading regional theatres in the US; “King Lear”, presented with the Moscow Art Theatre; “Oedipus Rex”, co-produced by Cultural Olympiad and Düsseldorf Schauspiel Haus; and “Electra”, produced by Ansan Arts Center/Arco Arts Theatre in Korea and the Taganka Theatre in Russia.
Suzuki has articulated his theories in a number of books. A collection of his writings in English, Culture is the Body is published by Theatre Communications Group in New York. He has taught his system of actor training in schools and theatres throughout the world, including The Juilliard School in New York and the Moscow Art Theatre. Also, a book written on Suzuki titled The Theatre of Suzuki Tadashi is published by Cambridge University Press as part of their Directors in Perspective series, featuring leading theatre directors of the 20th Century. This series includes works on Meyerlhold, Brecht, Strehler, Peter Brook and Robert Wilson among others.
Not just one of the world’s foremost theatre directors, Suzuki is also a seminal thinker and practitioner whose work has a powerful influence on theatre everywhere. Suzuki’s primary concerns include: the structure of a theatre group, the creation and use of theatrical space, and the overcoming of cultural and national barriers in the interest of creating work that is truly universal. Suzuki has established in Toga one of the largest international theatre centers in the world. Surrounded by the beautiful wilderness of Toga, the facility includes six theatres, rehearsal rooms, offices, lodgings, restaurants, etc.
Suzuki’s activities, both as a director creating multilingual and multicultural productions, and as a festival producer bringing people from throughout the world together in the context of shared theatrical endeavor, reflect an aggressive approach to dealing with the fundamental issues of our times.

 

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Kemeron Steele In 1991, Kameron Steele joined Tadashi Suzuki’s SCOT company in Toga, Japan where he has since worked as an actor, assistant director, teacher and translator, appearing in KING LEAR,  IVANOV, and DIONYSUS among others.  From 1998-2007, Mr. Steele also worked at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, appearing in Wilson’s touring productions of PERSEPHONE, WOYZECK, THE DAYS BEFORE and the title role in PROMETHEUS.  In 2003, Steele formed The South Wing (alaSur) with Argentinean director Ivana Catanese.  Since then their work has been seen regularly in Argentina and in NYC at HERE Arts Center, Japan Society, Prelude Festival, PS122, LMCC, LIU and the Watermill Center. Steele is currently a guest lecturer at Williams College, where he directed Caryl Churchill’s THE SKRIKER last fall. He also leads the summer training program in Toga for SCOT.  His translation of Tadashi Suzuki’s CULTURE IS THE BODY was published by TCG in August, 2015. BFA: Northwestern   MFA: CalArts

Start: May 30, 2017
End: May 30, 2017
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