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March 9, 2015

An Evening with Takeshi Kawamura. Prefaced by an Afternoon of Japanese Chamber Music

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Kawamura’s Nippon Wars. Photo courtesy of the artists.

Monday, March 9
Segal Theatre
FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

 

6:30PM READING

Join us for an evening with Japanese avant-garde playwright and director, Takeshi Kawamura as he returns to The Segal Center with his new work Four, directed by John Jesurun and translated by Philip Flavin. Followed by a panel discussion with Peter Eckersall and John Jesurun.

Kawamura gained recognition in the 1980s for his popular-culture-influenced, violent, highly physical plays. Building upon this early work with later projects of social criticism and postmodern theatrical experimentation, Kawamura secured his position as an internationally recognized theatre artist. As artistic director of theatre companies Daisan Erotica and T Factory, Kawamura uses his plays to comment directly and indirectly on Japanese social conditions and current events while prompting audiences to consider issues such as the shaping influences of media, the confusion of reality with fantasy, and the nature of human individuality.

Kawamura and Jesurun are currently collaborating on another project, Tokyo/New York Correspondence Chapter 1, On The Street, which premiered February 27 at Morishita Studio B in Japan.

4:00PM CONCERT

In the afternoon, three noted artists – Kurahashi Yodo, Ishigure Masayo, and Philip Flavin – will perform a program of Japanese chamber music featuring the three instruments comprising the sankyoku ensemble: shakuhachi, shamisen, and koto. The musicians will present a range of works including a shakuhachi honkyoku (an 18th century classical work for solo shakuhachi), a sakumono (a classical work for jiuta shamisen), a contemporary composition for solo koto, and a Yaegoromo (an early 19th century sankyoku).

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March 16, 2015

An Evening with Leslie Ayvazian

 

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Monday, March 16
Segal Theatre
8:00pm Reading

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

Join us for an evening with US/Armenian playwright Leslie Ayvazian, the author of eight full-length and seven one-act plays, published by Samuel French and Dramatists Play Service. Her play Nine Armenians won the John Gassner/Outer Critics Circle Award for best new American play, and was a runner-up for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

The evening commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, also known as the Armenian Holocaust and, by Armenians, as Medz Yeghern or “Great Crime”, with a reading of Leslie Ayvazian’s new play 15/15, her second work about this legacy.

Part black comedy, part harrowing family history, 15/15 tells the story of patriarch John Saypian, an Armenian-American haunted by the long-denied genocide that displaced his family and decimated an entire generation. When the tormentor of his private visions manifests in his real life, John prepares to do battle with his historical nemesis in order to get answers before it’s too late. 15/15 is a portrait of the insanity that ensues in one family when a history is denied. Directed by Austin Pendleton, the cast features Steve Bakunas, Alma Cuervo, Linda Lavin, Mary McCann, and David Margulies.

The reading will be followed by a discussion with the playwright, Bianca Bagatourian, Nancy Kricorian, Peter Kougasian, Michael Menendian, and Pamela Thielman.

Co-presented with The Play Company (New York), Kate Loewald (Artistic Director), and Melissa Hardy (Artistic Associate).

 

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March 30, 2015

The Films of Lee Breuer. Mabou Mines Dollhouse & Others

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Mabou Mines DollHouse (2008), directed by Lee Breuer.
Photo by Richard Termine.

Monday, March 30
Segal Theatre
6:30pm + All Day Screenings

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

Join us for the first retrospective of Lee Breuer’s work on film, plus an evening panel.

Lee Breuer is a playwright, director, filmmaker, poet, & lyricist. He is a co-artistic director of Mabou Mines Theater Company, which he founded in 1970 with JoAnne Akalaitis, Philip Glass, Ruth Maleczech, and David Warrilow.

A recipient of the Chevalier Des Arts et Lettres presented by the French Ministry of Culture & a MacArthur Fellowship, Breuer is perhaps best known for The Gospel at Colonus, a collaboration with Bob Telson, which has toured internationally for 30 years, & was nominated for a Pulitzer, Grammy, Tony, and Emmy, and Mabou Mines DollHouse which toured for 10 years to 5 continents & won Obies for Best Director and Best Performance (2004), as well as 2 Elliot Norton Awards. With Eric Marciano, Breuer is currently working on a documentary on the life of Clarence Fountain of The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Book of Clarence.

Screenings

10.30
I. In Memoriam
(Introductions, Lee Breuer)

The Lost Ones with David Warrilow (1975) – 47 min
B. Beaver Animation with Frederick Neumann (1979) – 32 min
Hajj with Ruth Maleczech (1986) – 55 min

2.15
II. Gospel
(Introductions, Bob Telson)

Sister Suzie Cinema (1980) – 21 min
The Gospel at Colonus (1985) – 89 min

4.30
III. Sneak Peeks
(Introductions, Lee Breuer & Eric Marciano)

Un Tramway Nommé Désir (Stills from The Comédie Française) (2011) – 10 min
Glass Guignol (2013) – 10 min
La Divina (Puppet Film Version) (2013-2015) – 10 min
The Book of Clarence (2011-2015) – 10 min

6.30
IV. Mabou Mines DollHouse

Mabou Mines DollHouse (ARTE Film) (2008) – 123 min
Q & A with Lee Breuer and Maude Mitchell

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April 6, 2015

Sibyl Kempson with 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co.

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Monday, April 6
Segal Theatre
3:00pm + 6:30pm Reading

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

Join us for a day with American mercurial and shape shifting playwright Sibyl Kempson for the official and spiritual launch of her latest adventure: her brand new theatre company, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co.

Starting at 3:00PM, check out a retrospective of Kempson’s readings, songs, and videos. Featuring:

  • This Property is BAUHAUS
  • Spargel Time!
  • Crime or Emergency
  • Potatoes of August

Followed by a panel discussion with Sibyl Kempson, Jim Fletcher, Amber Reed, and Karinne Keithley Syers.

At 6:30PM, join us for previews of Kempson’s upcoming work, including songs and readings from:

  • The Securely Conferred, Vouchased Keepsakes of Maery S.
  • Sasquatch Ritual

Followed by a panel discussion with Sibyl Kempson and Clarinda MacLow, and a Closing Benediction with very special guests

About 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co.
Named for Brian Sykes’ theory of mitochondrial DNA, which posits that we are all descended along matrilineal lines from seven original mothers, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr & Perf. Co. will unearth and contemplate, in contexts of live performance, ritual and installation, places in human history where science, religion, and feminism intersect. Its primary guiding principles are to intuitively uncover new narrative structures, to interrogate perceptions of the civilized in relation to ideas and preconceptions of the barbaric, the sacred, the profane, the true, the ordinary, and the in/animate – multiplying the possibilities of meaning, fostering imaginative practice in all participants of the performance, inviting all to exercise alternate ways of knowing, and locating the signals and patterns of a deeper order.

 

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April 13, 2015

An Evening with Ayad Akhtar

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Monday, April 13
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Reading

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

Join us for an evening with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar.

After graduating from Brown University, Akhtar moved to Italy and studied acting with Jerzy Grotowski. He returned to the U.S. to teach acting classes with André Gregory and earn his Master of Arts in directing from Columbia University School of the Arts. His playwriting credits include Disgraced, which premiered at The American Theater Company in January 2012 and which was staged at LCT3/Lincoln Center in New York in October 2012, and won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His first novel, American Dervish, was published by Little Brown Publishing in January 2012.

The event will include readings and screenings of Ayad Akhtar’s most famous works, featuring:

The Invisible Hand
Disgraced
& The Who and The What, with Bernard White and Nadine Malouf.

Followed by a discussion with Neilesh Bose (St. John’s University) and Maha Chehlaoui (Noor Theatre).

Co-Presented with GC CUNY’s Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC).

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April 23, 2015

Urban Dramaturgy

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Midnight Moment Happening: Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Life and Times: Episode 4.5.
Presented by Times Square Arts in partnership with French Institute Alliance Francaise as a part of Crossing the Line Festival. Photo by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

 

Thursday, April 23
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Conversation

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

Urban dramaturgy plays with the structure, rhythm, and flow of the city to enact new stories of what our cities are and for whom. There are a myriad of artists, housed by cultural institutions and art venues, taking up urban space and showcasing new and exciting approaches to framing the city.

Join us for an evening with Bertie Ferdman who will discuss new tendencies in contemporary American dramaturgy with Mallory Catlett, Peter Eckersall, Andrew Kircher, and Jeff Stark.

This evening is presented in collaboration with the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).

 

 

 

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April 28, 2015

Book Celebration Four Millennial Plays from Belgium

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Book Cover: Image by Yau Hoong Tang

Tuesday, April 28
Segal Theatre
7:30pm Reading

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

Join us as we celebrate The Segal Center’s newest publication, Four Millennial Plays from Belgium. The evening will feature readings from the plays and a panel discussion with Belgian playwrights Serge Goriely, Pascal Vrebos, and editor/translator and specialist in Belgian theatre, David Willinger (Professor of Theatre at City College and the CUNY Graduate Center’s Ph.D. Program), moderated by Frank Hentschker.

This anthology captures tendencies of contemporary European playwriting in the beginning of the new millennium — focusing on race, inter-continental marriage, the privileges allowed society’s leaders, the resurgence of the Extreme Right, and creative ways of juggling love relationships — presented in a variety of accessible styles.

Willinger and others will direct four exemplary scenes from the anthology.

 

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May 4, 2015

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2015: Hadi Marifat & Hjalmar Joffre-Eichhorn – Infinite Incompleteness

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The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2015. As part of the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the Segal Center will showcase play readings by nine of the world’s most respected dramatists Afghanistan, Argentina, Cuba, France, Germany, Indonesia, Kenya, and Uganda.

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. Selected readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwright.

Monday, May 4

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

Infinite Incompleteness
Written by Hadi Marifat (Afghanistan) & Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn (Germany/Bolivia)
Directed by Nicole A. Watson
4:30pm | Segal Theatre

Infinite Incompleteness tells the stories of ten Afghan women and men who have lost members of their families as a result of the various conflicts in Afghanistan over the past three decades. The stories are told verbatim by three anonymous Afghan men.

This reading will be followed by a conversation with Hadi Marifat and Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn.

 

Hadi-MarifatHadi Marifat is an Afghan human rights activist. He co-founded and worked as director of the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization. He also worked as Country Analyst with the Center for Civilians in Conflict, Researcher with Human Rights Watch and Human Rights Officer with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. He studied Politics and International Relations in the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the UK. He did his Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies with the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Netherlands.

 

HjalmarHjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn is a German-Bolivian theatre-maker who uses different forms of interactive, participatory theatre to work with communities in conflict and create possibilities for bottom-up dialogue and a search for grassroots solutions. He has worked in more than a dozen countries on all continents and is one of the co-founders of the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO), an all-Afghan community-based theatre platform based in Kabul, Afghanistan. In 2013 he published Wenn die Burka plötzlich fliegt-Einblicke in die Arbeit mit dem Theater der Unterdrückten in Afghanistan, a book (in German) about his experiences working with theatre in Afghanistan.

 

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Additional travel funds provided by the Open Society Foundation-Arab Regional Office.

 

The 11th Annual PEN World Voices of International Literature, “On Africa,” New York City, May 4-10, 2015. More than 100 Writers from 30 countries celebrate the transformative power of the written word. This year’s program, co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, takes you beyond the news by providing a rare chance to hear voices and perspectives from contemporary Africa and its diaspora. www.penworldvoices.org

 

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker in 2005.
2015 Festival produced by Christine Scarfuto (New York) in collaboration with Frank Hentschker.

 

*If you are interested in helping with PEN World Voices, please contact Yu Chien Liu at yliu6@gc.cuny.edu.

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May 4, 2015

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2015: Valère Novarina – The Animal of Time

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The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2015. As part of the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the Segal Center will showcase play readings by nine of the world’s most respected dramatists Afghanistan, Argentina, Cuba, France, Germany, Indonesia, Kenya, and Uganda.

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. Selected readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwright.

Monday, May 4

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

The Animal of Time
Written by Valère Novarina (France) & Translated by Amin Erfani
Directed by Valéry Warnotte
7:30pm | Segal Theatre

The Animal of Time is a performance of the English translation of Valère Novarina’s L’Animal du temps, a theatrical adaptation of Le Discours aux animaux. In this musical performance, the protagonist speaks to animals—that is to say the audience—while taking them on a journey into the depth of language, one that reinvents itself every time the actor opens his mouth. He takes the audience into moments of inner darkness where speech and language are experienced through cataclysms of sounds and rhythms as though they were heard for the very first time. This theatrical performance features actor Chris Kayser, director Valéry Warnotte, musicians Frédéric Lamarre and Adrien Tronquart, and technician Rafaël Georges. The performance will be followed by a conversation with Valère Novarina.

 

ValereValère Novarina is the best-known and most influential avant-garde dramatist working in France today. He is the author of over 20 plays, including Le drame de la vie (The Drama of Life, 1984), La chair de l’homme (Man’s Flesh, 1995), L’origine rouge (The Crimson Origine, 2000), l’acte inconnu (The Unknown Act, 2006). He is also a theorist of the stage and has produced a number of books devoted to stage aesthetics, the need for a different kind of actor training and the relationship of theater to other arts. He has received many awards and his play, L’acte inconnu was commissioned as the featured play of the 2006 Avignon Theater festival.

 

The 11th Annual PEN World Voices of International Literature, “On Africa,” New York City, May 4-10, 2015. More than 100 Writers from 30 countries celebrate the transformative power of the written word. This year’s program, co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, takes you beyond the news by providing a rare chance to hear voices and perspectives from contemporary Africa and its diaspora. www.penworldvoices.org

 

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker in 2005.
2015 Festival produced by Christine Scarfuto (New York) in collaboration with Frank Hentschker.

 

*If you are interested in helping with PEN World Voices, please contact Yu Chien Liu at yliu6@gc.cuny.edu.

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May 5, 2015

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2015: Angella Emurwon – Strings

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The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2015. As part of the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the Segal Center will showcase play readings by nine of the world’s most respected dramatists Afghanistan, Argentina, Cuba, France, Germany, Indonesia, Kenya, and Uganda.

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. Selected readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwright.

Tuesday, May 5

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

Strings
Written by Angella Emurwon (Uganda)
Directed by Awoye Timpo
2:00pm | Segal Theatre

After 20 years away, Baaba, the family patriarch, is set to return home. Maama has ruled the homestead with a firm hand and acrid tongue, and has created a family myth that helps her maintain status in the community and keep the rest of the family in line. The return of Baaba forces her now-grown children to evaluate their relationships with Maama and their place in the world, while Uncle Lokil, Baaba’s brother and Maama’s on-again off-again lover, sees Baaba’s return as an opportunity to regain his rightful place in Maama’s life. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Angella Emurwon.

 

1. Angella Emurwon (1)Angella Emurwon is a writer, award-winning playwright, stage director, and screenwriter based in Tororo, Uganda. She has written three radio plays —Blackberry Girls! (2009), The Cow Needs a Wife (2010), and Sunflowers Behind a Dirty Fence (2012) — two of which have won BBC Radio Drama awards. She has also directed three stage plays — The Cow Needs a Wife, adapted by Angella Emurwon (2011); The River and the Mountain, Beau Hopkins (2012); and Macbeth, William Shakespeare (2013). Her first full length stage play, Strings, received a dramatic reading by Rogers Otieno at the 2014 Kampala International Theatre Festival directed. She is a Sundance Theatre Institute East Africa fellow, a member of the 2013 Lincoln Theater Center Directors Lab NY, and a Maisha Film Lab screenwriting and youth mentor. She is currently working on a collection of short stories and has been commission to adapt Sunflowers Behind a Dirty Fence for film.

 

The 11th Annual PEN World Voices of International Literature, “On Africa,” New York City, May 4-10, 2015. More than 100 Writers from 30 countries celebrate the transformative power of the written word. This year’s program, co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, takes you beyond the news by providing a rare chance to hear voices and perspectives from contemporary Africa and its diaspora. www.penworldvoices.org

 

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker in 2005.
2015 Festival produced by Christine Scarfuto (New York) in collaboration with Frank Hentschker.

 

*If you are interested in helping with PEN World Voices, please contact Yu Chien Liu at yliu6@gc.cuny.edu.

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May 5, 2015

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2015: Yerandy Fleites Pérez – My Uncle, The Exile

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The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2015. As part of the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the Segal Center will showcase play readings by nine of the world’s most respected dramatists Afghanistan, Argentina, Cuba, France, Germany, Indonesia, Kenya, and Uganda.

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. Selected readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwright.

Tuesday, May 5

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

My Uncle, The Exile
Written by Yerandy Fleites Pérez (Cuba)
Translated & Directed by Julián Mesri
5:00pm | Segal Theatre

Based on real events, My Uncle, The Exile tells the story of Evaristo, a Cuban exile who has decided to return to his homeland after being banished for homosexuality during the Mariel boatlift in 1980. His family is forced to confront the brutal policies of the Cuban government, which is making every effort to exile Evaristo again. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Yerandy Fleites Pérez.

 


PerezYerandy Fel
ites Pérez is a playwright and professor. He was born in Cuba in 1982, and graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte de Cuba (ISA) in 2006. He has published the following books: El Gallo Electrónico (The Electric Rooster), Jardin de héroes (Garden of Heroes), Un bello sino (A Beautiful Fate), Partagás, Antigone, Mi tio exiliado (My Uncle, the Exile), and Los basureros (The Garbagemen), among others. He is part of a number of contemporary Cuban theater anthologies, including: New Cuban Playwrights, Dramaturgies of the Revolution, and Cuban Drama for Children (1943-2013). Among his most produced works are El Gallo Electrónico (The Electric Rooster), Garden of Heroes, Antigone, God Was Not Antonioni (performance), and My Uncle, The Exile. He is the Virgilio Piñera Honorary Chair at the School of Theatrical Art of ISA.

 

The 11th Annual PEN World Voices of International Literature, “On Africa,” New York City, May 4-10, 2015. More than 100 Writers from 30 countries celebrate the transformative power of the written word. This year’s program, co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, takes you beyond the news by providing a rare chance to hear voices and perspectives from contemporary Africa and its diaspora. www.penworldvoices.org

 

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker in 2005.
2015 Festival produced by Christine Scarfuto (New York) in collaboration with Frank Hentschker.

 

*If you are interested in helping with PEN World Voices, please contact Yu Chien Liu at yliu6@gc.cuny.edu.

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May 5, 2015

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2015: Roland Schimmelpfennig – Ant Street

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The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2015. As part of the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the Segal Center will showcase play readings by nine of the world’s most respected dramatists Afghanistan, Argentina, Cuba, France, Germany, Indonesia, Kenya, and Uganda.

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. Selected readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwright.

Tuesday, May 5

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

 

Ant Street
Written by Roland Schimmelpfennig (Germany) & Translated by David Tushingham (UK)
Directed by Devon DeMayo
7:30pm | Segal Theatre

A family has waited 42 years for the package from abroad when it finally arrives. Its contents are disappointing: a cheap ballpoint pen, a ten year old pocket calendar, a blonde wig, tiny packets of detergent, a spoon, and an empty mustard jar wrapped in an old newspaper in a language that nobody understands. No letter, no explanation. But when they discover a message hidden in the in the newspaper, everything changes. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Roland Schimmelpfennig and Frank Hentschker.

 

 

RolandRoland Schimmelpfennig is one of the most produced European playwrights. His plays have been translated into over twenty languages. He made his US debut in 2007 with a production of his play Arabian Nights, produced by NYC’s Play Company. In 2010, Schimmelpfennig was awarded the Mühlheimer Dramatists Award for his play, The Golden Dragon. The play premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna last season and has since received more than twenty productions worldwide. He just finished a commission for the Tokyo National Theater and the Burgtheater in Vienna. Schimmelpfennig is the recipient of the highest playwriting award in Germany, the Else-Lasker-Schüler-Prize, to honor his entire oeuvre.

 

The 11th Annual PEN World Voices of International Literature, “On Africa,” New York City, May 4-10, 2015. More than 100 Writers from 30 countries celebrate the transformative power of the written word. This year’s program, co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, takes you beyond the news by providing a rare chance to hear voices and perspectives from contemporary Africa and its diaspora. www.penworldvoices.org

 

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker in 2005.
2015 Festival produced by Christine Scarfuto (New York) in collaboration with Frank Hentschker.

 

*If you are interested in helping with PEN World Voices, please contact Yu Chien Liu at yliu6@gc.cuny.edu.

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May 11, 2015

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2015: Joned Suryatmoko – Picnic

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The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2015. As part of the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the Segal Center will showcase play readings by nine of the world’s most respected dramatists representing Afghanistan, Argentina, Cuba, France, Germany, Indonesia, Kenya, and Uganda.

The International Play Festival generates conversations on art, politics, dreams, war, and philosophy, and is meant to give American audiences a rich awareness of the greater global dialogue.

Monday, May 11

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

Picnic
Written by Joned Suryatmoko (Indonesia) & Translated by Barbara Hatley
Directed by Eric Ting
2:00pm | Segal Theatre

Hilmar, Sobirin and Wid have come to Bali to be happy. Hilmar wants to see Tanah Lot with a pretty woman on his arm, like the cigarette ad he saw on a billboard. Wid wants to cure the pain of never having visited any beautiful places in his whole life. Sobirin has come to Bali because if his friend Hilmar is happy, he will be happy too. However, when they end up working as bathroom attendants in the lobby of a luxury hotel in Bali, they struggle to find what they’re looking for. Followed by a conversation with Joned Suryatmoko, Gillitt Cobina, Peter Eckersall, and Ugoran Prasad.

 


9. Joned SuryatmokoJoned Suryatmoko
was born in Solo, Indonesia in 1976. His educational background is in International Relations Studies (Bachelor’s degree) and Media and Cultural Studies (Master’s degree), both from the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He has run his theatre group, Gardanalla Theatre, since 1997 and produced various performances. Known as a theatre-maker and playwright, he also works as a media consultant for community-based media programs with various international, as well as local, NGOs in Indonesia. Currently he is the Festival Director of the Indonesian Dramatic Reading Festival (IDRF), and as a Theatre Specialist for the Creative Community Program, initiated by the Kelola Foundation and the World Bank.

 

The 11th Annual PEN World Voices of International Literature, “On Africa,” New York City, May 4-10, 2015. More than 100 Writers from 30 countries celebrate the transformative power of the written word. This year’s program, co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, takes you beyond the news by providing a rare chance to hear voices and perspectives from contemporary Africa and its diaspora. www.penworldvoices.org

 

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker in 2005.
2015 Festival produced by Christine Scarfuto (New York) in collaboration with Frank Hentschker.

 

*If you are interested in helping with PEN World Voices, please contact Yu Chien Liu at yliu6@gc.cuny.edu.

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May 11, 2015

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2015: Sitawa Namwalie – Black Maria on Koinange Street

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The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2015. As part of the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the Segal Center will showcase play readings by nine of the world’s most respected dramatists representing Afghanistan, Argentina, Cuba, France, Germany, Indonesia, Kenya, and Uganda.

The International Play Festival generates conversations on art, politics, dreams, war, and philosophy, and is meant to give American audiences a rich awareness of the greater global dialogue.

Monday, May 11

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

Black Maria on Koinange Street
Written by Sitawa Namwalie (Kenya)
Directed by Saheem Ali
5:00pm | Segal Theatre

A young African woman from a privileged upper middle-class family comes of age learning how to survive in an African country at the time of the dictatorships of the 1980s. She has to navigate life away from the safety of her family and learn how to survive. An encounter with the police and other night creatures exposes the underbelly of her charmed existence when she discovers the harshness and precariousness of life on the city streets of Nairobi at night.

 

SitawaSitawa Namwalie is a poet, writer and performer. In 2008, her first dramatized poetry performance, Cut Off My Tongue, was successfully performed in various venues in Nairobi. In 2009, her first book of poetry, Cut Off My Tongue, was published. In 2010, Cut Off My Tongue was selected by the Sundance Theatre Lab for its first East African Sundance Lab, held on Manda Island. In April 2012, Cut Off My Tongue was selected by TED Talks in their global search for new and undiscovered performances. In April 2014, Sitawa participated in the SPOKEN WORLDS project, between poets, hip hop and spoken word artists from Kenya and Berlin, Germany. Sitawa has worked in the development sector for many years with NGOs and with UNDP, USAID and IUCN. She currently works as a development consultant in East Africa, focusing on environment, gender and governance.

 

The 11th Annual PEN World Voices of International Literature, “On Africa,” New York City, May 4-10, 2015. More than 100 Writers from 30 countries celebrate the transformative power of the written word. This year’s program, co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, takes you beyond the news by providing a rare chance to hear voices and perspectives from contemporary Africa and its diaspora. www.penworldvoices.org

 

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker in 2005.
2015 Festival produced by Christine Scarfuto (New York) in collaboration with Frank Hentschker.

 

*If you are interested in helping with PEN World Voices, please contact Yu Chien Liu at yliu6@gc.cuny.edu.

Start: May 11, 2015
End: May 11, 2015
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May 11, 2015

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2015: Rafael Spregelburd – Spam

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Photo by Gaia Squarci

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2015. As part of the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the Segal Center will showcase play readings by nine of the world’s most respected dramatists representing Afghanistan, Argentina, Cuba, France, Germany, Indonesia, Kenya, and Uganda.

The International Play Festival generates conversations on art, politics, dreams, war, and philosophy, and is meant to give American audiences a rich awareness of the greater global dialogue.

Monday, May 11

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

 

Spam
Written by Rafael Spregelburd (Argentina) & Translated by Jean Graham-Jones
Directed by Samuel Buggeln
7:30pm | Segal Theatre

A university professor specializing in dead languages refuses to advise his best student’s thesis. Instead, he replies to spam in his inbox, giving the details of his bank account to a poor Malayan girl in need of help to rescue her dead father’s fortune. What if the spam turns out to be real? A deluge of adventure, linguistics, love, and despair built by the poorly recalled fragments of a decaying society at the point of becoming entirely virtual, Spam is a brutal joke on the end of Europe. Directed by Samuel Buggeln. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Rafael Spregelburd and Jean Graham-Jones.

 

RafaelRafael Spregelburd, born in 1970 in Buenos Aires, is a dramatist, director, translator and one of the most important representatives of contemporary Argentine theatre. He studied art, acting, and dramaturgy at the University of Buenos Aires and with directors Ricardo Bartis and Mauricio Kartun. Rafael is one of the most prominent and influential playwrights of the post-military dictatorship generation, amassing over 50 awards for his writing in Argentina and internationally. Most recently, the 2011 Argentinean National Prize (for Stubborness), the Tirso de Molina Award in Spain (for Stupidity), the Cuban Casa de las Américas Prize (for Paranoia), the Italian Ubu Award (for Lucid, Bizarra, and Panic), among others. Currently his plays are being produced to great success in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, and France. As an adaptor and translator, his works include Harold Pinter, Steven Berkoff, Mark Ravenhill, Martin Crimp, Wallace Shawn and Sarah Kane.

 

The 11th Annual PEN World Voices of International Literature, “On Africa,” New York City, May 4-10, 2015. More than 100 Writers from 30 countries celebrate the transformative power of the written word. This year’s program, co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, takes you beyond the news by providing a rare chance to hear voices and perspectives from contemporary Africa and its diaspora. www.penworldvoices.org

 

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker in 2005.
2015 Festival produced by Christine Scarfuto (New York) in collaboration with Frank Hentschker.

 

*If you are interested in helping with PEN World Voices, please contact Yu Chien Liu at yliu6@gc.cuny.edu.

Start: May 11, 2015
End: May 11, 2015
Venue: Segal Theatre
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May 18, 2015

Richard Foreman, Filmmaker

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Richard Foreman; Photo courtesy of the artist

Monday, May 18
Segal Theatre
All Day Screenings

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

Join us for the very first retrospective of Richard Foreman’s work for film, in addition to films about Richard Foreman, and an evening panel discussion with the artist. The legendary New York auteur-du-theatre stopped working for the theatre and now considers himself a filmmaker.

Richard Foreman 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 five other Obie’s for directing and for “sustained achievement”. He has received the annual Literature award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a Lifetime Achievement in the Theater award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PEN Club Master American Dramatist Award, a MacArthur Genius Fellowship, and in 2004, was elected officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France.

Screenings Schedule:

12:30PM

  • Mindflux (2010) by Ryan Kerrison- 52 mins
  • City Archives (1977) – 28 mins
  • Strong Medicine (1978) – 81 mins
  • Out of the Body Travel (1975) – 42 mins
  • Once Every Day (2012) – 67 mins
  • Total Rain (1990) – 27 mins
  • Radio Rick in Heaven and Radio Richard in Hell (1987) – 12 mins

6:30PM

  • MY NAME IS RAINER THOMPSON AND I’VE LOST IT COMPLETELY (2012) by Elliot Caplan – 83 mins
  • Conversation with Richard Foreman and Frank Hentschker
  • Untitled (2015) – 20-min excerpt from his work-in-progress

Retrospective curated by Richard Foreman in collaboration with Graduate Center CUNY Ph.D. Student in Theatre, Eylul Fidan Akinci (Turkey), and Frank Hentschker.

MindFlux (2010) by Ryan Kerrison
52 mins | Documentary

Explores the wildly creative universe of internationally acclaimed experimental artist Richard Foreman, an icon who bypassed rewards of traditional success to do his art. Perseverance is a key theme that’s both timely and enduring.

 

City Archives (1977)
28 mins| Short

Foreman produced City Archives, a labyrinthine collage of image and language, at the invitation of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The tape centers on the perspective of an outsider — the foreigner as Other — towards a city and its artifacts. Foreman’s signature visual and verbal puns and carefully composed compositions result in an often humorous dialogue on the role of documents as evidence, and the relationship of text and image. While questioning the positions from which one views information, Foreman constructs and then deconstructs the central metaphor of an archive as a receptacle of information and knowledge.

 

Strong Medicine (1978)
81 mins | Film

Adaptation of Foreman’s plays around the character Rhoda, a hysterical heroine who feels oppressed by the people around her. She suffers through her birthday party, goes to see a doctor, plans a vacation, argues a lot and even breaks the fourth wall.

 

Out of the Body Travel (1975)
42 mins | Short

A “young woman who finds herself surrounded by the relics of Western culture” is the subject of Richard Foreman’s formal tableaux. The narration centers on a young woman’s struggle to find a relation between her body and her self as mediated by language. The text is a poetry of formal relations that carries personal and historical implications, including the desires of the woman paradoxically voiced by a male narrator. The title suggests the vivid virtuality of dreaming; scenes repeatedly refer to both reading and sleeping.

 

Once Every Day (2012)
67 mins | Film

The legendary New York auteur-du-theatre Richard Foreman returns, thirty years after Strong Medicine, to a full-length film. Shot in just six days, Foreman uses his performance work as a matrix for fascinating collage of images, sounds, and ideas for a film with a well-hidden plot — edited over a period of one and a half years.

 

Total Rain (1990)
27 mins | Film

Experimental film made for television in which playwright/director Richard Foreman explores his relationship with actors, and also examines the impact of William Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury on his work, most especially the character Quentin Compson.

 

Radio Rick in Heaven and Radio Richard in Hell (1987)
12 mins | Short

This short movie was part of Richard Foreman’s play, Film Is Evil: Radio Is Good. This play takes place in some other time and some other place. “The Last Filmmaker in the World” is on display in a zoo that is also a radio station, allowed only to make films promoting the idea that “Film is evil and Radio is good.” Patronized and tormented by “The Owner of the Radio Station” and her associates (as well as a pair of fascist Zookeepers), the Filmmaker attempts to plead his case to the audience and hold onto his own values, even as the case against Film as a positive force is presented with greater clarity and increasingly violent force.

 

MY NAME IS RAINER THOMPSON AND I’VE LOST IT COMPLETELY  (2012)  by Elliot Caplan
83 mins | Documentary

A close look at the making of Once Every Day, a film by Richard Foreman.

Start: May 18, 2015
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Venue: Segal Theater
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