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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 3

FTP: The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center – Prelude Festival

9:00pm – 9:30pm
Prelude Festival (US, work-in-progress)
Edited by Mike LoCicero, Videography by Shaowen Liang, Wanhu Jin, Wei Lee, and Nicolas Luna
30 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
thesegalcenter.org

Dedicated to artists at the forefront of contemporary New York City theatre and performance, PRELUDE features an array of artists working in theatrical and interdisciplinary performance. The festival gives audiences and artists a survey of the current New York moment via in-process performances, conversations, presentations, and workshops.

This documentary, shot over the three days of the 2016 PRELUDE festival, gathers artists, academics, and theatremakers from the five boroughs to reflect on the legacy and future of work-in-progress.

 

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY occupies the space between public arts presenter, academic publisher, and research institute. The Segal Center bridges the academic and professional performing arts communities, fostering dialogue between playwrights, directors, designers, choreographers, filmmakers, critics, and academics from around the world. The Segal Center presents a variety of completely free public programs, including staged readings, festivals celebrating New York and international performance, and screenings of performance works on film, as well as artists in conversation, academic lecture series, televised seminars, symposia, and arts in education programs. The Segal also publishes three free, open-access academic journals, numerous individual volumes, and maintains a longstanding visiting-scholars-from-abroad program.

Start: Mar 3, 2017
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March 6

FTP: The Living Theatre – Know Your Rites Tour

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All Day On Loop
The Living Theatre, Directed by Jessica Daughtery – Know Your Rites Tour (US, 2016)
40 minutes | | Segal Theatre Lobby
English
www.livingtheatre.org

The Living Theatre toured across America in the summer of 2016. Stopping in over twenty cities in various venues, the company also developed pieces in the streets, in corporate headquarters, and in public spaces. Here is a loop of some of those pieces.

 

The Living Theatre To call into question who we are to each other in the social environment of the theatre, to undo the knots that lead to misery, to spread ourselves across the public’s table like platters at a banquet, to set ourselves in motion like a vortex that pulls the spectator into action, to fire the body’s secret engines, to pass through the prism and come out a rainbow, to insist that what happens in the jails matters, to cry “Not in my name!” at the hour of execution, to move from the theater to the street and from the street to the theater. This is what The Living Theatre does today. It is what it has always done.

Start: Mar 6, 2017
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Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 6

FTP: Lee Breuer & Eric Marciano – Book of Clarence

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11:00am – 12:45pm
Lee Breuer & Eric Marciano – Book of Clarence (US, 2016)
100 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.bookofclarence.com

This feature length documentary essay follows the life of legendary blind gospel singer and founding member of the Grammy award winning Blind Boys of Alabama, Clarence Fountain. We learn of Clarence’s life, music and health through his dreamlike and hallucinatory memories while he receives kidney dialysis. These memories are woven together with past performances of The Blind Boys of Alabama and current performances with a small band featuring long-time collaborator and guitar player Sam Butler Jr. The film also features Clarence’s last performance with The Blind Boys of Alabama at the 2015 Jazz and Heritage Festival. The kidney dialysis dream sequences feature the kinetic abstract light paintings by the artist Bill Ham of 1960s San Francisco psychedelic light show era.

Photo by Tom LeGoff

Lee Breuer is a playwright, director, filmmaker, poet, & lyricist. He is considered to be one of the most innovative directors on the world stage. Breuer is an artistic director of Mabou Mines Theater Company, which he founded in 1970 with JoAnne Akalaitis, Philip Glass, Ruth Maleczech, and David Warrilow. Lee is a MacArthur Fellow, and a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

 

 

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Eric Marciano is a New York based filmmaker, media designer and storyteller. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he earned a BFA in filmmaking in 1984. In 1984 he formed American Montage to engage in editing, motion picture production and storytelling to its fullest. In 2016, the Museum of Modern Art acquired all of Mr. Marciano’s early film works for their permanent collection.

Start: Mar 6, 2017
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March 6

FTP: Zachary Oberzan – Flooding With Love For The Kid

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1:00pm – 3:00pm
Zachary OberzanFlooding with Love for The Kid (US, 2007)
107 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.zacharyoberzan.com

Meticulously adapted from David Morrell’s novel First Blood, which introduced us to a young man named Rambo and his one-man war against a small town, Flooding With Love for the Kid is itself a one-man cinematic war. Shot entirely for $96 in a 220 sq.ft. apartment in Manhattan, it was adapted, directed, filmed, acted, and edited by one man, destroying all previous notions of low-budget filmmaking with a determination lifted from Rambo’s own infuriated rampage.

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Zachary Oberzan was a founding member of the NYC theater collective Nature Theater of Oklahoma, collaborating and performing in numerous productions, including the Obie-winning No Dice, and the one-man show Rambo Solo. His first solo film/theatre hybrid, Your brother. Remember?, premiered in May 2010 at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, and has, to date, been performed in over forty cities worldwide. A stand-alone film version of Your brother. Remember? had its cinematic premiere in NYC in 2012. Recent hybrids include Tell Me Love Is Real, and The Great Pretender. Oberzan has also performed with The Wooster Group and Richard Foreman.

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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
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 6

FTP: Sean Edward Lewis – Storefront

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4:00pm – 4:20pm
Sean Edward Lewis – Storefront (US, 2017)
15 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
lilacco.wordpress.com

A 1980s Brooklyn murder case is re-imagined as a lo-fi snuff comedy.

Photo by Galya Kovalyova

Sean Edward Lewis (born 1968, Yucaipa, California) is a writer, actor, director, and founder of Brooklyn, NY based LILAC CO. His work has been shown in abandoned storefronts, church basements, the Polish National Home, Dixon Place, The Tank, Saint Vitus, Zebulan, D.I.Y. spots throughout New York City and Los Angeles, Joe’s Pub, The Roy Hart Institute (Malérargues,Fr), Pantheatre Myth and Theatre Festival (2014 Paris, France) The Collapsable Hole, The Segal Center’s PRELUDE Festival (2016), The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (2014).

 

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March 6

FTP: Temporary Distortion – This Empty Room

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4:20pm – 4:45pm
Temporary Distortion – This Empty Room (US, 2017)
10 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.temporarydistortion.com

This Empty Room is a site-specific short film. It is a portrait of where you are right now.

While contemporary culture trains us in practices of distraction, fragmentation, and multitasking, this film asks you to make space for a single-focused awareness of the present moment and your current surroundings.

There are as many possible versions of this film as there are rooms to view them.

*Followed by a brief discussion with Kenneth Collins.

Photo by Shannon Collins

Temporary Distortion explores the potential tensions and overlaps found between practices in visual art, theater, cinema, and music. The group works across and between disciplines to create performances, installations, films, albums, and works for the stage that have been shown in over twenty cities in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States.

Temporary Distortion’s recent work has focused on long-duration, installation-based performances featuring live music, where spectators are encouraged to come and go throughout all-night events.

Start: Mar 6, 2017
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Venue: Segal Theatre
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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.

 

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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 6

FTP: Brian Rogers/ The Chocolate Factory Theater – Screamers

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5:00pm – 6:00pm
Brian Rogers/ The Chocolate Factory Theater – Screamers (US, work-in-progress)
30 minutes excerpt | Segal Theatre
English
www.chocolatefactorytheater.org

Screamers (working title) is Brian Rogers’ first feature film.

It is one half of a larger project which will premiere at PS122 later this year.

*Followed by a brief discussion with Brian Rogers.

 

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Brian Rogers is a director, video artist, co-founder and artistic director of The Chocolate Factory Theater, which supports the creation of theater, dance, music and multimedia performances at its 5,000 sq ft facility in LIC, Queens. Since 1997, Brian has conceived and/or directed numerous large scale performances at The Chocolate Factory and elsewhere including Hot Box (September 2012, co-presented with FIAF’s Crossing The Line Festival / January 2013, PS122’s COIL Festival / February 2013, EMPAC Center), the Bessie-nominated Selective Memory (2010/11), redevelop (death valley) (2009), 2 Husbands (2007), Gun Play (2006), Audit (2004), and Fundamental (2002). His newest project, Screamers, will premiere at PS122 in 2017.

Start: Mar 6, 2017
End: Mar 6, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 6

FTP: Andrew Schneider – Acting Stranger

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6:00pm – 6:30pm
Andrew Schneider – Acting Stranger (US, 2014) 
20 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.actingstranger.com

I write very short scenes. No exposition, no inciting incident, no denouement. We act them together, you and I, having never rehearsed, discussed, or met. These scenes are videotaped as documentation and made available through a website. The film is a document, a by-product of the ongoing process exploring intimacy between strangers.
*Followed by a brief discussion with Andrew Schneider

 

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Andrew Schneider creates and performs solo performance works, large-scale dance works, builds interactive electronic art works and installations, and was a Wooster Group company member (video/performer) from 2007-2014. Andrew’s original performance work in NYC includes YOUARENOWHERE (2015 OBIE award, 2016 Drama Desk nom.); FIELD (2014); TIDAL (2013); WOW+FLUTTER (2010) at The Chocolate Factory Theater among others. His interactive work has been featured in such publications as Art Forum and Wired, among others and at the Center Pompidou in Paris.
More at andrewjs.com

Start: Mar 6, 2017
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Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 6

FTP: Lee Breuer & Eric Marciano – La Divina Caricatura

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6:30pm – 7:30pm
Lee Breuer & Eric Marciano – La Divina Caricatura (US, 2017)
20 minutes excerpt | Segal Theatre
English
www.leebreuer.dog

La Divina Caricatura, is part of the artist Lee Breuer’s canon of personal works called, I Don’t Want to Change Your Mind, I Want To Change Your Music. Much like Whitman’s Leaves of Grass this a life-long body of work that he has been continuously adding to. It includes music, plays, poetry, and screenplays. La Divina Caricatura’s proposed screenplay is an adaptation of a musical theater piece that featured Bunraku puppets, musical performances by three bands and live actors. The original theater piece was performed at LaMaMa Theater in December 2013. The work is an exploration of a love relationship between a man, John and his dog Rose. These lovers go through cathartic and transcendental experiences on a Dantesque pilgrimage.

*Followed by a brief discussion with Lee Breuer and Eric Marciano.

 

Photo by Tom LeGoff

Lee Breuer is a playwright, director, filmmaker, poet, & lyricist. He is considered to be one of the most innovative directors on the world stage. Breuer is an artistic director of Mabou Mines Theater Company, which he founded in 1970 with JoAnne Akalaitis, Philip Glass, Ruth Maleczech, and David Warrilow. Lee is a MacArthur Fellow, and a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

 

 

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Eric Marciano is a New York based filmmaker, media designer and storyteller. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he earned a BFA in filmmaking in 1984. In 1984 he formed American Montage to engage in editing, motion picture production and storytelling to its fullest. In 2016, the Museum of Modern Art acquired all of Mr. Marciano’s early film works for their permanent collection.

Start: Mar 6, 2017
End: Mar 6, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 6

FTP: Claire Moodey with Steve Zehentner and Penny Arcade – Richard Foreman Biography

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7:30pm – 8:30pm
Claire Moodey – Richard Foreman Biography (US, 2013)
English | 30 minutes | Segal Theatre
in collaboration with Steve Zehentner and Penny Arcade
www.pennyarcade.tv

The Richard Foreman Biography is a part of The Lower East Side Biography Project, created in 1999 by performance artist Penny Arcade and video producer Steve Zehentner as an ongoing biography series and oral history archive.

About Richard Foreman: He is the founder and artistic director of the non-profit Ontological-Hysteric Theater (1968-present). He has written, directed and designed over fifty of his own plays both in New York City and abroad. Five of his plays have received OBIE awards as best play of the year—and he has received, next to many national and international awards, five other OBIE’S for directing and for “sustained achievement.”

*Followed by a brief discussion withSteve Zehentner and Penny Arcade

 

Penny Arcade. Photo by Steven Menendez

The LES Bio Project’s biographies and archive will help to ensure that future generations have access to the mad souls of invention and rebellion that built the Lower East Side’s international reputation as an incubator for authenticity and iconoclasm in art, culture and politics. The project seeks to stem the tide of cultural amnesia by bridging the cultural gap between long time residents and newcomers to the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of New York’s Lower East Side. The project’s biographies cablecast in New York City every Monday at 11pm EST on Time Warner Channel 34, RCN 82, FIOS 33, and stream live on Manhattan Neighborhood Network Channel One.

Start: Mar 6, 2017
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Venue: Segal Theatre
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April 3

Richard Maxwell

Photo by Juri Junkov

Monday, April 3
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Artist Talk + 2:00pm Screenings

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

Join us for an artist talk with Richard Maxwell of New York City Players and selected afternoon screenings of his work.


Evening Program
6:30pm
Richard Maxwell in Conversation
with Frank Hentschker

Afternoon Screenings:
2:00pm
House (1998 / 50 mins)
3:00pm The Darkness of this Reading (2005 / 60 mins)
4:00pm Isolde (2014 / 90 mins)

Richard Maxwell is a playwright, director, and the artistic director of New York City Players. He studied acting at Illinois State University and then became a co-founder of the Cook County Theater Department. He is a Doris Duke Performing Artist and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, and was an invited artist in the Whitney Biennial. His latest book, Theater for Beginners, is published by TCG (2015). He directed Jackie Sibblies Drury’s play, Really, for New York City Players (March 2016). Upcoming projects include The Evening Part 2 and Samara, directed by Sarah Benson with music by Steve Earle (April 4-May 7 at Soho Rep).

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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 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
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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
Venue: Segal Theatre
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October 17

Contemporary Theatre in Lebanon with Sahar Assaf (AUB), Marvin Carlson, Peter Eckersall, and Frank Hentschker

Contemporary Theatre in Lebanon with Sahar Assaf (AUB), Marvin Carlson, Peter Eckersall, and Frank Hentschker

Start: Oct 17, 2017
End: Oct 17, 2017
Venue: Theatre Green Room, 3rd Floor, Room 3111
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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

Start: Oct 23, 2017
End: Oct 23, 2017
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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.

Start: Nov 13, 2017
End: Nov 13, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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