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
Written by Patricia Cornelius (Australia)
6:00pm Take out the Rubbish, Sasha
Written by Natal’ya Vorozhbit (Ukraine) & translated by Sasha Dugdale
8:00pm Hungry Dogs
Written by Mîrza Metîn (Turkey) & translated by Lucy Wood
Directed by Dan Safer
Tuesday, May 2 | Segal Theatre
4:00pm 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 Joaquim Vicente.
Written by Hakim Bah (Guinea) & translated by Heather Denyer
Directed by Ethan McSweeney
Written by Sasha Marianna Salzmann (Germany) & translated by Jenny Piening
Directed by Mallory Catlett
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
6:00pm Parallel Time
Written by Bashar Murkus (Palestine) & translated by Rebekah Maggor
Directed by Rebekah Maggor
8:00pm Sister Mok-Rahn
Written by Eunsung Kim (South Korea) & translated by Dayoung Jeong
Directed by Seonjae Kim
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.