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March 6, 2017

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

Photo by Eric Wallach

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

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
End: Mar 6, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 13, 2017

Poetry as Revolt: Spoken word reflections after the Age of Obama – Co-presented with the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

From top left, clockwise: Pamela Sneed, Saroya Marsh, Advocate of Wordz, Jaime Lee Lewis, Jennifer Falu, Shanelle Gabriel

Monday, March 13
Segal Theatre

6:30pm Readings + Discussion

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

NYC-based spoken word artists address the drastic changes that have recently impacted our political landscape. Confirmed poets include Advocate of Wordz, Jennifer Falu, Shanelle Gabriel, Jaime Lee Lewis, Saroya Marsh, and Pamela Sneed.

Over the last 40 years, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has served as a home for groundbreaking works of poetry, music, theatre and visual arts. The Cafe champions the use of poetry, jazz, theater, hip-hop, and spoken word as means of social empowerment for minority and underprivileged artists. Allen Ginsberg called the Cafe “the most integrated place on the planet.” Curated by Daniel Gallant in collaboration with Frank Hentschker.

Erik “Advocate Of Wordz” Maldonado is an award winning performing poet, published author, and teaching artist who has been honing his craft for fifteen years. He is a recipient of the 2014 BRIO Award, and has worked out of legendary performance venues such as Lincoln Center and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. His work has been featured and/or covered by many major publications including PBS, LA Times, Fox News, Univision and CNN. Wordz has toured many notable establishments such as Princeton University, Roseland Ballroom (Broadway), and Georgetown University to name a few. His book “Advocate Of Wordz; a book of poems and other creative nonsense that is imperative to your existence” can be found on Amazon and is also available at all his live performances.

Jennifer Falu recently won first place in NBC-TV’s Amiri Baraka Poetry Slam and was ranked third internationally in the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam. She has been a member of the 2006, 2009 and 2012 Nuyorican Poets Cafe Slam Teams, won the national Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2006, and ranked 3rd in the WOWPS in both 2009 and 2012.  As a performer, Falu has shared the stage with Jennifer Holliday, Carl Thomas and Patti LaBelle. She recently made her film debut in Mania Days, alongside Katie Holmes.

Shanelle Gabriel is a singer, poet, and powerful advocate for lupus. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Shanelle is widely known for both opening and featuring on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam alongside Jill Scott and DMX, and has shared the stage with artists such as Eric Benet, Talib Kweli, Nas, and more. Shanelle was spotlighted on the Rachael Ray Show, HuffPost Live, in a promo for the NFL Draft, in Women’s Health Magazine, and narrated Jennifer Hudson’s “I Got This” audiobook biography. She is presently the Program Director at Urban Word NYC, facilitates the North Brooklyn Lupus Support Group, and continues to perform throughout the US and abroad. For more information, visit www.shanellegabriel.com

Roya Marsh is the poet/author of the chapbooks Not All of Me Shall Die, Pieces, Vol. I & II and 26. She works as a preschool teacher and youth mentor, but has always had a passion for writing.   Roya was a finalist in the 2013 Poetry Idol, 2013 Inspired Word Slam Master Jam Champion, 2014 Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion and captain of the first all- female slam team in the tri-state area, representing Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She has recently been ranked second in the world at the Woman of the World Poetry Slam. She has been featured in the Village Voice, Huffington Post, Blavity, Button Poetry, Def Jam’s All Def Digital and at many venues and colleges around the country.

Pamela Sneed is a New York based poet, writer and actress. She has been featured in the New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerTime OutBombVIBE, and on the cover of New York Magazine. In 2015, she appeared in Art ForumBlack Book and The Huffington Post. She hosted Queer Art Film at the IFC in New York City. She is author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than Slavery, published by Henry Holt in April 1998, KONG & other works, published by Vintage Entity Press (2009) and a chapbook Lincoln (2014). In 2015, she published the Chaplet Gift with Belladonna. She has performed for sold out houses at Lincoln Center, PS122, Ex-Teresa in Mexico City, The ICA London, The CCA in Glasgow Scotland, The Green Room in Manchester England, BAM Cafe, Joes Pub, The Public Theater, Central Park Summer Stage, Bronx Summer Stage,Columbia University’s Tribute to James Baldwin, The Whitney Museum, BRIC and recently curated and performed in All Black/An Invitation at Danspace; Platforms. In 2016, she was also a presenter for Zoe Leonard’s event, “I  Want a President” at the Highline. She appears in Nikki Giovanni’s, The One Hundred Best African American Poems. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence as a guest faculty member and is an online Professor at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute teaching the courses Human Rights and Writing Art. She was a mentor/consultant for the Poet-Linc program at Lincoln Center and directed a final show at Lincoln Center Atrium in 2016. She has recently presented at a symposium at NYU on Humor, Politics and the AIDS crisis. In summer 2016, she received a residency at Denniston Hill and was an SAIC Visiting Artist in the MFA low residency program. She is completing a collection of short stories Anna Mae/For Me, Tina Turner and All Black Women Survivors, and has a forthcoming chapbook Sweet Dreams with Belladonna, February 2017.

Daniel Gallant is the Executive Director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the author of the short story collection Determined to Prove, and the recipient of a 2016 Eisenhower Fellowship. He is also a poet, playwright, theatrical producer, actor and teacher. His writing has appeared in eight anthologies from Vintage Books, Applause/Hal Leonard and Theater Communications Group. Daniel previously served as the Director of Theater and Talk Programming at the 92nd Street Y’s Makor and Tribeca centers. As an Eisenhower Fellow, he has explored how cultural organizations in Spain and Japan use innovative program and funding models to expand arts engagement. Daniel also advises cultural organizations in the United States about how to use game theory and social media to broaden their impact. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Crain’s New York, the Daily News, New York Post, Time Out New York, New York Magazine and Voice of America; and on MTV, CNN NBC, NY1, CBS, NPR, Univision, the BBC and other networks. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Mr. Gallant has exploited expanding social-media tools to grow the cafe from a small, volunteer-led venue best known for weekly poetry events to a thriving arts center with partnerships across the city.”

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

March 22, 2017

Create NYC: A Symposium and Town Hall

Photo by Julien Jourdes

Wednesday, March 22
Proshansky Auditorium
All day symposium and town hall

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

The Segal Center is partnering with New York arts and culture organizations to host a day of outreach, engagement, and strategy towards the creation of a new cultural plan for New York.

Who is this for? Artists, administrators, activists, community members…..Everyone who is committed to strengthening the NYC-based Arts and cultural landscape. We want to hear your voice.

The symposium will address issues of equity, access, affordability, and social and economic impact of the arts in our communities.



10:00am – 12:00pm Breakout Sessions:

  • Anti-Racism Training
  • Space and Real Estate
  • Collective Manifesto

2:00pm – 5:30pm 5 Minute Proposals and Presentations Open Call

6:30pm – 8:30pm Manifestos and Open Mic Town Hall


The all-day symposium features morning breakout sessions around themes and ideas generated from a series of breakfasts and meetings between cultural workers and organizations over many months leading up to this event.

The afternoon program features short presentations of direct proposals to the planning consultants, followed by an evening with short manifestos from NY arts organizations and a Town Hall discussion. In partnership with The Field, New Yorkers for Culture & Arts, Center for Arts Education, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, and Gibney Dance, the initiative grew out of the Cultural Agenda Fund’s efforts to supplement the official planning process conducted by the city and is supported by the New York Community Trust. This Create NYC event was organized by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, Brad Burgess and Frank Hentschker in close collaboration with The Field, New Yorkers for Culture & Arts, Center for Arts Education, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, and Gibney Dance.

Visit www.CreateNYC.org to learn more about the NYC Cultural plan and the work of the Hester Street Collaborative.


Invited are:
The Actors Fund
A.R.T. / New York
Asian American Arts Alliance
The Indie Theater Fund
Staten Island Arts Council
TCG: Theatre Communications Group
The New Black Fest
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center
all CIGs, CEGs,
and more TBC.





Start: Mar 22, 2017
End: Mar 22, 2017
Venue: Proshansky Auditorium
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April 3, 2017

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
Richard Maxwell in Conversation
with Frank Hentschker

Afternoon Screenings:
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).

Start: Apr 3, 2017
End: Apr 3, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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April 17, 2017

PS122: Past and Future with Vallejo Gantner, Mark Russell, and Jenny Schlenzka

Mark Russell, Vallejo Gantner, Jenny Schlenzka. Photos courtesy of PS122.

Monday, April 17
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Conversation

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

Join us for an evening with former and present Executive Artistic Directors of PS122: Vallejo Gantner, Mark Russell, and Jenny Schlenzka. They will discuss past, present, and future of PS122, one of the most influential theatre and performance spaces in the Americas.

Performance Space 122 began in 1980, emerging from a city struggling with high rates of poverty, crime, racial strife, and drugs, as well as the deaths of many vital artists and thinkers caught up in the AIDS epidemic. Together with AIDS Service Center NYC, Mabou Mines, and Painting Space 122, PS122 transformed an abandoned public school in the heart of a low-rise immigrant neighborhood into a multi-use community and cultural center.

Vallejo Gantner joined PS122 in 2005. Previously, he was Director of the Dublin Fringe Festival from 2002 – 2004, and Artistic Associate of the Melbourne Festival 2000/01. Originally from Melbourne, Vallejo has worked in a range of capacities throughout the arts in the US, Asia and Australia – as a director, writer, performer, agent, producer and programmer. He co-produced Spiegelworld from 2006-2008, a commercial producer / presenter of contemporary circus, cabaret, music across the US. More recently he’s performed in “The Curator’s Piece” by Tea Tupajic and Petra Zanki across Europe and in NY, Executive Produced the hit indie feature films “Your Sister’s Sister” and “Touchy Feely” by Lynn Shelton, and the upcoming “Men go To Battle” by Zachary Treitz and Kate Lyn Sheil and directed a new concert performance at the Irish Arts Center by composer / singer Julie Feeney. He is a partner in a micro-brewery – Mountain Goat Beer in Australia, and in 2006, he was a Deakin Lecturer in Melbourne. Vallejo also sits on the board of directors of Jianguo Pty Ltd (Aus), and Four Winds Foundation (Aus).

Mark Russell launched the Under the Radar Festival at St. Ann’s Warehouse in January 2005. UTR focuses on theater based contemporary performance. The festival moved to the Public Theater in 2006 and has become a centerpiece in the New York City theater season; mixing international performances with national and local artists. Russell has also served as the guest artistic director of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time Based Arts Festival 2006-2008. He created the Off Center Festival for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa California, as well as the Off the Wall series at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He served as an associate curator for the Act French Festival in New York in 2005. From 1983-2004 he was the Executive Artistic Director of Performance Space 122, bringing the space from an artist rental space to a world renowned presenting institution committed to developing the work of New York City artists.  Russell has been involved with many artists over his career in dance, music, performance and theater, creating opportunities for them to reach wider audiences.  In 2014 and 2015 Russell lived with his family in Lausanne, Switzerland, researching  European festival practice while maintaining his work with The Public Theater. He and his family are currently living in New York on the upper West Side.

Jenny Schlenzka was recently appointed Performance Space 122’s Executive Artistic Director and is the organization’s first female artistic leader. Prior to joining PS122, Ms. Schlenzka was the Associate Curator at MoMA PS1 in New York where she established the interdisciplinary live program Sunday Sessions. The program has featured artists such as Mette Ingvartsen, Ann Liv Young, and Justin Vivian Bond as well as new commissions by Trajal Harrell, Ragnar Kjartansson, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Matthew Lutz Kinoy and Tobias Madison, among many others. In addition to her event program that incorporated performance, music, dance, discourse, and moving images, Ms. Schlenzka also developed an interest in performance within the exhibition format, organizing at MoMA PS1 the New York presentation of Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy (2014) and Anne Imhof: DEAL (2015), both exhibitions with strong performance components. Prior to her work at MoMA PS1, Ms. Schlenzka was the Assistant Curator for Performance in the Department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art from 2008 to 2012, where she focused on presenting, collecting, and exhibiting performance-based art, including co-organizing the Performance Exhibition Series with artists like Tehching Hsieh, Simone Forti, Roman Ondák, Jerome Bel, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and Allora & Calzadilla, among others. She has also worked as a curatorial liaison for KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Ms. Schlenzka received her MA in cultural studies from Humboldt University, Berlin, in 2007. She was the recipient of the 2012 Yoko Ono Courage Award.




Start: Apr 17, 2017
End: Apr 17, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre

April 28, 2017

The 2017 Edwin Booth Award: Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac by Teddy Wolff. Photo courtesy of artist.

Friday, April 28
Proshanksy Auditorium



Join us for an evening celebrating the groundbreaking work of Taylor Mac, American actor, playwright, performance artist, director, producer, and singer-songwriter. Taylor’s 24-hour, 246-song marathon performance, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, was hailed by Wesley Morris in the New York Times as “one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

The Edwin Booth Award is given annually by the Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association to honor a person, organization, or company for their outstanding contribution to the NYC theatre community, and to promote integration of professional and academic theatre. Past honorees include: The Royal Shakespeare Company (‘83), Ellen Stewart (‘84), Joseph Papp (‘89), Arthur Miller (‘92), Richard Foreman (‘97), Tony Kushner (‘02), Karen Finley (‘08), The Living Theater (‘09), Elevator Repair Service (‘14) and Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir(’16). The event will feature live performances and a discussion with Frank Hentschker.

Presented by the GC CUNY Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association (DTSA; Elyse Singer, Second Vice President), in collaboration with The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, and
GC Public Programs (Karen Sander, Director).

Additional support from Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS), The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center CUNY, and the Doctoral Students’ Council Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair in Theatre Studies; David Savran, Vera Mowry Roberts Chair in American Theatre.


Start: Apr 28, 2017
End: Apr 28, 2017
Venue: Proshansky Auditorium

May 11, 2017

Approaching Dance: Transdisciplinary Methodologies and Modalities of the Moving Body in Performance The Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association 2017 Conference

Image © The Bureau for the Future of Choreography 21

Thursday, May 11
Segal Theatre

All day conference

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

Approaching Dance
Transdisciplinary Methodologies and Modalities of the Moving Body in Performance
The Doctoral Students Association 2017 Conference

Join us for an interdisciplinary conference organized by the Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association (DTSA) interrogating dance scholarship and methodologies. This day-long conference aims to discuss and exchange methodological approaches to dance and to build a network for emerging scholars inside and outside of dance studies. The day will culminate in a public round table discussion with Thomas DeFrantz (Duke), Nadine George-Graves (UCSD), VK Preston (Toronto), Katherine Profeta (Queens College, CUNY), and Paul Scolieri (Barnard), moderated by Erika T. Lin (The Graduate Center, CUNY).

Followed by a performance intervention by The Bureau for the Future of Choreography.

RSVP is required https://goo.gl/forms/FcA4rVPVDIoCZ4vo1

For more information, schedule, and RSVP form for roundtable and performance,
please visit:

This conference is presented by the Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association (DTSA, GC CUNY), The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, and The Ph.D. Program in Theatre. With additional support from Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair in Theatre Studies; David Savran, Vera Mowry Roberts Chair in American Theatre; and the Doctoral Students’ Council.


Start: May 11, 2017
End: May 11, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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May 15, 2017

50 Years of Theatre of the Ridiculous

Photo courtesy of the artists

Monday, May 15
Segal Theatre
Introduction by Sean F. Edgecomb, College of Staten Island, CUNY
Readings + Conversation with Everett Quinton, et al.
+ 5:00pm

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

50 years ago in New York City, the Theatre of the Ridiculous movement as a theatrical genre started in in 1965 with The Play-House of the Ridiculous, the spin-off group The Ridiculous Theatrical Company formed in 1967.

The Theatre of the Ridiculous made a break with the dominant trends in theatre of naturalistic acting and realistic settings and brought elements of queer/camp performance to avant-garde theatre. Cross-gender casting was common, scenarios improvised, and players often recruited from non-professional sources, such as drag queens or other “street stars.” In a reference to Martin Esslin’s concept of a theatre of the absurd, in 1965, Ronald Tavel promoted the first “Ridiculous” performances with the one-line manifesto: “We have passed beyond the absurd: our position is absolutely preposterous.”

With Theatre of the Ridiculous company members Everett Quinton, Brian Belovitch, Beth Dodye BassJulia Campanelli, Geraldine Dulex, Eureka, Jim Freeman, Chris Johnson, Lenys Sama, Kevin Scullin, and Jenne Vath.

Evening Program

Introduction by
Sean F. Edgecomb, College of Staten Island, CUNY

Excerpted play readings:
Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide by Charles Ludlam
Turds in Hell by Charles Ludlam and Bill Vehr
Grand Tarot by Charles Ludlam

Afternoon Screening

5:00pm Tabu Tableaux
Edited clips from Ridiculous Theatrical Company 60 min


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Everett Quinton made his stage debut in  the 1976  RIDICULOUS THEATRICAL COMPANY’S production of Charles Ludlam’s CAPRICE.  After that Everett became a member of the company and over 21 years appeared in about 100 productions including:  BLUEBEARD, CAMILLE, TURDS IN HELL, SALAMMBO, and LOVE’S TANGLED WEB among others.  Everett became Artistic Director of the company in 1987 after Charles Ludlam’s untimely passing. Everett is now a freelance actor and director.  He has appeared with The Penguin Rep, RedBull Theater, Yorick Theater, The Arizona Theater Co., The San Jose Rep, to name a few.

Sean F. Edgecomb is Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Department of
Performing and Creative Arts at the College of Staten Island, City University of
New York. He also teaches into the Ph.D program in Theatre and Performance
at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Prior to joining CUNY, he served as the Assistant
Professor of Theatre and the Director of the Bachelor of Creative Arts at The
University of Queensland, Australia. His articles and essays have appeared in
Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Popular Entertainment Studies, and The Gay and
Lesbian Review Worldwide. He is the author of the forthcoming book Charles
Ludlum Lives! Charles Busch, Bradford Louryk, Taylor Mac, and the Queer Legacy of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company (University of Michigan Press, 2017).






Start: May 15, 2017
End: May 15, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre

May 22, 2017

Classix: A Reading Series Celebrating Classic Plays By Black Playwrights

Monday + Tueaday, May 22 +23
Segal Theatre

4:30pm + 6:30pm Readings

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

Please join us as we expand our collective knowledge of the classical canon with an exceptional group directors and actors for this unique series—curated by Awoye Timpo as “an exhibition of rarely seen Black classic plays.” Play readings are followed in the evening by a discussion with the theatre artists involved. Alice Childress, Kathleen Collins, Bill Gunn, and Ron Milner are just four out of a long line of writers whose extraordinary plays were produced in the 20th century. This series celebrates classic plays that feature dynamic characters, extraordinary dialogue, and compelling stories—all written by an eclectic group of Black writers, whose plays speak to their own time in a way that deeply resonates with our own.

Monday, May 22

4:30pm Wine in the Wilderness by Alice Childress (1969)
Directed by Jade King Carroll
Featuring Miriam Hyman, Ruffin Prentiss, Jillian Walker, Charles Weldon, Zenzi Williams

A timeless and thrilling play, Wine in the Wilderness (1969) revolves around a young girl who befriends an artist in the midst of painting his triptych. In this piece Childress explores the depths of Black womanhood.

6:30pm What the Wine-Sellers Buy by Ron Milner (1974)
Directed by Nicole A. Watson
Featuring MaameYaa Boafo, Chakeefe Gordon, Brian D. Coats, Medina Senghore Collie, Suzzanne Douglas,
Trey Santiago, Adam McNulty, Melanie Nichols-King,
Keith Randolph Smith, Count Stovall

Written in 1974, What the Wine-Sellers Buy was originally produced by Joseph Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival at Lincoln Center. The play centers around Steve Carlton, a carefree high school student, who wrestles between his dream to become a professional basketball player and the other possibilities in his life.

Followed by a brief discussion with Woodie King, Jr., Artistic Director of the New Federal Theater.

Tuesday, May 23

4:30pm The Forbidden City by Bill Gunn (1989)
Directed by Awoye Timpo
Featuring Guy Davis, Marchant Davis, Bjorn DuPaty, Rachel Leslie, Doron Mitchell, Lee Aaron Rosen, Allie Woods

Bill Gunn’s final play, The Forbidden City, premiered at New York’s Public Theater in 1989. Set in the 1930s the play reckons with the nature of family and the excesses of love and power.

6:30pm The Brothers by Kathleen Collins (1982)
Directed by Seret Scott
Featuring Crystal Dickinson, Chalia La Tour, Margaret Odette, Carra Patterson, Tiffany Rachelle Stewart, Lizan Mitchell, Elizabeth Van Dyke

In this memory-drama, Collins weaves together a series of scenes and monologues about black men who “should have been born white’’ because they “spent their entire lives trying to jump out of their skins.’’ The Brothers (1982) was originally produced by the Women’s Project at the American Place Theater.

Followed by a brief discussion with Seret Scott, original cast member, moderated by Crystal A. Dickinson.


Playwright, novelist, actor, and screenwriter Alice Childress was a visionary artist. Born was in Charleston, South Carolina in 1916 she later moved to Harlem where she began writing and immersing herself in the vibrant arts scene. Ms. Childress wrote over a dozen plays over the course of her career including Florence, Wedding Band:
A Love/Hate Story in Black and White, Trouble in Mind, Mojo: A Black Love Story, and Wine in the Wilderness. She also wrote the novels Like One of the Family and A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich which was later turned into a film. A Tony Award nominee for her performance in Anna Lucasta, Ms. Childress was also a tireless advocate for actor union rights.

Photo by Mark Reid

Born in 1942, raised in Jersey City, and educated at Skidmore and the Sorbonne, Kathy Collins was an activist with SNCC during the Civil Rights Movement who went on to carve out a career for herself as a playwright and filmmaker during a time when black women were rarely seen in those roles. She was married twice, and had
two children who she raised in Piermont, New York. She died young, at age 46, from breast cancer. Her most known work is the film Losing Ground, followed perhaps by two plays, In the Midnight Hour, and The Brothers. A never-before released collection of short fiction, Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?, was published by Ecco Press in Fall 2016. kathleencollins.org

Bill Gunn was an extraordinary artistic force with an exceptional body of work across various mediums. He began his career as an actor and appeared on Broadway in The Immoralist and off-Broadway in the classic play Take A Giant Step by Louis Peterson. Several of his plays were produced at the New York Shakespeare Festival
under the leadership of Joseph Papp and include masterpieces such as Black Picture Show, Johnnas, and The Forbidden City. In addition to his extensive work in the theater, Mr. Gunn wrote and directed films including his best-known work Ganja and Hess as well as the film Stop. He is also the author of two novels, All the Rest Have Died and Rhinestone Sharecropping. Bold, inventive, and surprising the work of Bill Gunn is impressively resonant and dynamic as ever.

Ron Milner was a legendary playwright with an extraordinary body of work including the plays Who’s Got His Own, Season’s Reasons, The Warning—A Theme for Linda, Jazz Set, and Roads to the Mountaintop which was a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Born and raised in Detroit, his work is infused with a rhythmic and regional
authenticity and an uncompromising depth of character. His play Checkmates appeared on Broadway in a production directed by Woodie King Jr. and featuring extraordinary an exceptional cast including Denzel Washington, Ruby Dee, Paul Winfield and Marsha Jackson. Mr. Milner is also the author of the book for the musical Don’t Get God Started, written in collaboration with the Winans family.

Awoye Timpo is a New York-based director. Credits include Sister Son/ji (Billie Holiday Theater), Carnaval (National Black Theatre), Ndebele Funeral (59E59; South African tour; Edinburgh Festival), The Libation Bearers (Shakespeare Theatre NJ), Chasing the Bird (Joyce Theater), Children of the Road (NYU Grad Acting), In the Continuum (Juilliard), Tears of Anatolia (Columbia), Araby (La Mama), Clybourne Park (Farmers Alley), Ruined (WMU), The Vanished (Novisi, site-specific), Rhinoceros (Novisi). Broadway: Assistant Director, Shuffle Along; Associate Director, Jitney. Segal Center: PEN World Voices, Feast (Fall 2016), Other: Page 73, TerraNOVA, Ma-Yi, Royal Shakespeare Company, WNYC, ABC/Disney, Soho Rep Writer/ Director Lab, Cherry Lane Mentor Project, Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

Start: May 22, 2017
End: May 23, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre

October 4, 2017


Save the Dates! October 4, 5, and 6.

Start: Oct 4, 2017
End: Oct 6, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
Cost: Free
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November 13, 2017

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
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November 15, 2017

Marvin Carlson: 10,000 Nights

Cover art from 10,000 Nights, design by Paula Newcomb

Wednesday, November 15
Segal Theatre

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

“Only Marvin Carlson could have written such a wonderful and engaging theatre history.”
–Erika Fischer-Lichte, Freie Universitat Berlin

Join us for a celebration of Marvin Carlson’s latest book Ten Thousand Nights: Highlights from 50 Years of Theatre-Going. This volume collects an astonishing chronicle of a half-century of theatre-going, in which Carlson recalls 50 memorable productions, out of over 10,000— choosing one from each year spanning from 1960 to 2010. The range of performances covered is wide and represents a history of theatre in itself–edgy experimental productions, theatre classics, mainstream musicals, and street performance. Travel with the author to stages and sidewalks across Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Milan, New York, and elsewhere.

Carlson provides unique insight on what theatre-going meant in each decade, what kind of theatre the zeitgeist produced, and his personal accounts of the productions. These engaging vignettes portray vivid descriptions of productions, venues, and neighborhoods, all told with necessary cultural context—covering significant theatre movements and artists from the late twentieth century to the present. Published by University of Michigan Press.

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Marvin Carlson is the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre, Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and the Director of the Marvin Carlson Theatre Center at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, China. Carlson has a Ph.D. in drama and theatre from Cornell University. His wide-ranging research and teaching interests include dramatic theory and Western European theatre history, dramatic literature, and translation, especially of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. He has been awarded the ATHE Career Achievement Award, the George Jean Nathan Prize, the Bernard Hewitt prize, the George Freedley Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has been a Walker-Ames Professor at the University of Washington, a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Indiana University, a visiting professor at the Freie Universitat of Berlin, and a Fellow of the American Theatre. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Athens. His best-known book, Theories of the Theatre (1993), has been translated into eight languages. His 2001 book, The Haunted Stage, won the Calloway Prize.

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End: Nov 15, 2017
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November 28, 2017

CUNY Stages: CUNY Performing Arts Centers Conference

Tuesday, November 28
Segal Theatre

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

The mission of CUNY Stages is to organize the resources, talents, and shared goals of the 16 represented performing arts centers throughout the City University of New York (CUNY) system. In so doing, CUNY Stages will facilitate multi-disciplinary artistic collaborations amongst its members that will foster participation and creativity through the integration of the performing arts into campus life and the surrounding communities. CUNY Stages is committed to encouraging and supporting artistic excellence at the local and international level, promoting audience and artist diversity, and providing affordable access to the arts by sharing information and leveraging financial support. CUNY Stages also aims to facilitate an ongoing dialogue between arts practitioners and contemporary scholars who regularly engage with their work.

The CUNY Performance Art Presenter consists of 24 stages on 14 campuses in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Harlem, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. Founded in 1847, CUNY is the largest urban public university in the United States with 23 institutions. Supporting together with SUNY a population of 19,8 million in New York State, CUNY serves more than 270,000 degree-credit students and continuing and professional education students. The university has one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States, with students hailing from 208 countries, but mostly from New York City. The black, white, and Hispanic undergraduate populations each comprise more than a quarter of the student body, and Asian undergraduates make up 18 percent.
Fifty-eight percent are female, and 28 percent are 25 or older

CUNY Stages is an initiative of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center,
The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Participating campus performing arts centers:

Baruch Performing Arts Center (Baruch College)
Tribeca Performing Arts Center (Borough of Manhattan Community College)
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts (Brooklyn College)

Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall (City College)
College of Staten Island Center for the Performing Arts

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (The Graduate Center)

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture (Hostos Community College)
The Kaye Playhouse and the Performing Arts Depts. (Hunter College)

Gerald W. Lynch Theatre (John Jay College )
Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center (Kingsborough Community College)
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LaGuardia Community College)

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts (Lehman College)
Medgar Evers College
Selma & Max Kupferberg Center for the Visual & Performing Arts (Queens College)

Queensborough Performing Arts Center (Queensborough Community College)
York College Performing Arts Center

Date: November 28, 2017
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December 11, 2017

Karen Malpede’s Plays in Time


Cover art for Plays in Time by Luba Lukova

Monday, December 11
Segal Theatre
4:30pm Reading + 6:30pm Panel

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

Join us to celebrate the launch of Karen Malpede’s new book, Plays in Time,
honoring twenty-two years of Theater Three Collaborative.

The afternoon will feature the premiere public reading of Malpede’s new play, Other than We–a futuristic Climate-Fiction tragi-comedy for the Anthropocene age.

The evening will present excerpted readings from the anthology Plays in Time published by Intellect, 2017. Readings will include The Beekeeper’s Daughter, Prophecy, Another Life, and Extreme Whether by Theater Three Collaborative actors and contributors to the book: Kathleen Chalfant, Christen Clifford, Najla Said, and George Bartenieff.

Followed by a discussion about Theater Three Collaborative’s antiwar and ecojustice plays in the US and Europe with artists and scholars represented in the book. Panelists include theatre professors Marvin Carlson and Cindy Rosenthal, actor Kathleen Chalfant, and the theater’s founders–George
Bartenieff, and Karen Malpede, moderated by Frank Hentschker. There will be live music by Arthur Rosen.

Karen Malpede, Photo by Ron Morrison

Since their inception in 1995, Theater Three Collaborative has been creating, developing, and producing poetic, character-driven plays on crucial topics of
the day. The group was founded by the late Lee Nagrin, George Bartenieff,
and Karen Malpede to produce Malpede’s play, The Beekeeper’s Daughter. The Collaborative also creates and hosts Festivals of Conscience, talks and talkbacks with public intellectuals, writers, and activists.

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December 18, 2017

Celebrating the Life and Work of Trisha Brown

Photo © Marc Ginot

Monday, December 18
Segal Theatre
2:00pm Screening+ 6:30pm Panel

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

Join us for a day celebrating the life and work of Trisha Brown (1936-2017).

Following the afternoon screenings from the Trisha Brown Archive, curated by Cori Olinghouse, the evening discussion features Art historian Susan Rosenberg, associate artistic director and former Trisha Brown Dance Company member Diane Madden, and former rehearsal director and choreographer Gwen Welliver. Moderated by Frank Hentschker. Susan Rosenberg’s recent publication on the artist, Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art (Wesleyan, 2016) will also be available at the event.

“One of the most acclaimed and influential choreographers and dancers of her time, Trisha Brown’s groundbreaking work forever changed the landscape of art. A student of Anna Halprin, Brown participated in the choreographic composition workshops taught by Robert Dunn–from which Judson Dance Theater was born–greatly contributing to the fervent interdisciplinary creativity that defined 1960s New York. Expanding the physical behaviors that qualified as dance, she discovered the extraordinary in the everyday, and brought tasks, rulegames, natural movement and improvisation into the making of choreography.

With the founding of the Trisha Brown Dance Company in 1970, Brown set off on her own distinctive path of artistic investigation and ceaseless experimentation, which extended for forty years. The creator of over 100 choreographies, six operas, and a graphic artist, whose drawings have earned recognition in numerous museum exhibitions and collections, Brown’s earliest works took impetus from the cityscape of downtown SoHo, where she was a pioneering settler. In the 1970s, as Brown strove to invent an original abstract movement language–one of her singular achievements–it was art galleries, museums and international exhibitions that provided her work its most important presentation context.

Today the Trisha Brown Dance Company continues to perpetuate Brown’s legacy through its ‘Trisha Brown: In Plain Site’ initiative. Through it, the company draws on Brown’s model for reinvigorating her choreography through its re-siting in relation to new contexts that include outdoor sites, and museum settings and collections. The company is also involved in an ongoing process of reconstructing and remounting major works that Brown created for the proscenium stage between 1979 and 2011. In addition, the company continues its work to consolidate Trisha Brown’s artistic legacy through their management of her vast archives of notebooks; correspondence; critical reviews; and an unprecedented moving image catalogue raisonné, which records her meticulous creative process over many decades.”

Text by Susan Rosenberg, 2017.


2:00pm – 5:00pm
Screening from the Trisha Brown Archive, curated by Cori Olinghouse.
Courtesy of Trisha Brown Archive.

Skunk Cabbage, Salt Grass, and Waders (1969)
Choreography: Trisha Brown

Dancing on the Edge
Choreography: Trisha Brown

Set and Reset: Version 1 (1985)
Choreography: Trisha Brown
Videography: James Byrne

Aeros (1990)
Director: Burt Barr
Choreography: Trisha Brown
Visual Presentation: Robert Rauschenberg
Film: Robert Whitman

Panel with dance experts and members of Trisha Brown Dance Company, including Susan Rosenberg, Diane Madden, and Gwen Welliver. Moderated by Frank Hentschker.


Diane Madden, photographed in the Torre Bonomo, Spoleto, in front of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings. Image © Tim Smyth

Diane Madden (Associate artistic director and former Trisha Brown Dance Company member)
is a performer, choreographer, director and teacher based in NYC. Currently Associate Artistic Director of the Trisha Brown Company, she has contributed to the creation and performance of Trisha Brown’s work since 1980. She performs, teaches and lectures with the company and curates the work for site-specific programs. She presents her own solo and collaborative choreography at home and abroad and has enjoyed working with choreographers Jerome Bel, Lance Gries, Juliette Mapp, Polly Motley, Vicky Shick and Cathy Weis. Madden’s teaching weaves anatomically grounded technique with improvisation, composition and performance skills. Her worldwide students range from dance artist professionals and college students to artists from other disciplines including actors, singers, visual artists and composers. Since 2006, Madden has been greatly influenced by her study and practice of Aikido with Fuminori Onuma. The Princess Grace Foundation has recognized Madden with two awards, in 1986 and again in 1994 for sustained achievement. She also received a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) in 1989. In 2012 NYC’s Movement Research honored her, along with the original cast, for Brown’s Set and Reset (1983) collaboration with Rauschenberg and Laurie Anderson.

Cori Olinghouse (Curator of afternoon screenings, Archive Director) is an interdisciplinary artist, archivist, and curator. Her work has been commissioned by Danspace Project, New York Live Arts, BRIC Arts Media, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Movement Research, and Brooklyn Museum of Art. Recently, she was the recipient of The Award (2015-2016), and a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program (2016-2017). Olinghouse danced for the Trisha Brown Dance Company (2002-2006), and has served as the Archive Director since 2009. As founding director of The Portal Project, she is currently developing a series of artist archivist projects that explore the transmission of improvisational performance practices in a space between documentation and embodiment. She serves as guest faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and has lectured at the Museum of Modern Art, Duke University, Lincoln Center, among other institutions. She is a graduate of the inaugural class in the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University.

Susan Rosenberg (Art historian) is the author of Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art (Wesleyan University Press, 2016). She serves as Consulting Historical Scholar at the Trisha Brown Dance Company and directs the M.A. Program in Museum Administration at St. John’s University, New York, where she is also Associate Professor of Art History. She recently contributed to the French/English exhibition catalog, Minimalismes: 1960s-1980s produced in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Centre Pompidou Pairs; to the French/English anthology Spacecapes: Dance and Drawing; and to the 2013 German/English exhibition catalog, Nancy Graves Projects and Special Friends. Her essays have appeared October and TDR, (published by MIT Press). Dr. Rosenberg has lectured widely on the work of Trisha Brown at international, national conferences and museums, and university departments.

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Gwen Welliver (Former rehearsal director and choreographer) is an award-winning dancer/choreographer renowned for her range and depth across formats from performance installation to opera. Welliver is a New York Dance and Performance Bessie Awardee for Sustained Achievement in Dancing with Doug Varone and Dancers. As Rehearsal Director for Trisha Brown, she oversaw company repertory, remounted opera, and directed the revival of seminal works for touring exhibition. Welliver has taught on four continents in universities, conservatories, and festivals. She is now on the School of Dance Faculty at Florida State University. Current engagements include: Martha Graham Dance Company Lamentation Variation commission (2018), NYFA Fellow in Choreography (2013-present), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Artist in Residence at Center for Performance Research (2017, 2018), and Gibney Dance commission (2018).

About the films:

Skunk Cabbage, Salt Grass, and Waders (1969)
Choreography: Trisha Brown
A film documenting the Festival di Danza Volo Musica Dinamite, which took place June 9-19, 1969 at the Galleria L’Attico in Rome. Performers included Terry Riley; Trisha Brown; La Monte Young and Marian Zazella; Steve Paxton; Deborah Hay; Simone Forti; and David Bradshaw. Yvonne Rainer did not perform but presented material. For this event, we will screen Trisha Brown’s solo performance of Skunk Cabbage, Salt Grass, and Waders (1967).

Dancing on the Edge (1981)
Choreography: Trisha Brown
This collaboration with WGBH and the New Television Workshop includes performances of Opal Loop, Watermotor for Dancer and Camera, and Locus/Altered, and a lecture/demonstration for a Bennington College audience.

Set and Reset: Version 1 (1985)
Choreography: Trisha Brown
Videography: James Byrne
Another collaboration with WGBH, Set and Reset: Version 1 is an in-studio performance of Set and Reset in which the camera becomes an intimate part of the dance.

Aeros (1990)
Director: Burt Barr
Choreography: Trisha Brown
Visual Presentation: Robert Rauschenberg
Film: Robert Whitman
A document of the evolution of Trisha Brown’s choreographic work, Astral Convertible, filmed over a two-year period by her husband, filmmaker and video artist Burt Barr.
(Here is further information on the piece: https://www.eai.org/titles/aeros)

Courtesy of Trisha Brown Archive

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March 1

Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance 2018

Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance 2018

Start: Mar 1, 2018
End: Mar 3, 2018
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March 12

The Written World with Martin Puchner

Saint John the Evangelist by Pompeo Batoni. Cover of The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization.



Monday, March 12
Segal Theatre
6:00pm Readings + Discussion

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

Martin Puchner takes us on a remarkable journey around the world to reveal how over 4,000 years of story-telling and literature have shaped history and civilization. The Segal evening will feature readings from The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Diamond Sutra, Popol Vuh, One Thousand and One Nights, The Tale of Genji, Goethe’s Conversations with Johann Peter Eckermann, and Akhmatova’s Requiem with introductions by Martin Puchner. Eylül Fidan Akıncı, Stefano Boselli, Shane Breaux, Marvin Carlson, Tom Keever, Cory Tamler, Angie Tennant, and Alisa Zhulina will read the texts. Followed by a discussion with Martin Puchner, Frank Hentschker, and others.

Photo by Gretjen Helene

Martin Puchner is the Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. His prizewinning books cover subjects from philosophy to the arts, his bestelling six-volume Norton Anthology of World Literature, and his HarvardX MOOC (massive open online course) have brought four thousand years of literature to students across the globe. The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization was published by Penguin Random House LLC in 2017.


Start: Mar 12, 2018
End: Mar 12, 2018
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 23

The 2018 Edwin Booth Award: Young Jean Lee

Photo by Blaine Davis

****Due to winter storm forecast, the evening has been rescheduled to Friday, March 23****
Friday, March 23
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Award Ceremony

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

The Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association presents the 2018 Edwin Booth Award to New York writer, director, and filmmaker Young Jean Lee. The Edwin Booth Award is given annually by the Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association to honor a person, organization, or company for their outstanding contribution to the NYC theatre community, and to promote integration of professional and academic theatre.

Young Jean Lee has written and directed ten shows in New York. Her short films have been presented at The Locarno International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and BAMcinemaFest. Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company has toured her work to over thirty cities around the world. Named as “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by The New York Times, Lee has received two OBIE Awards, a Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN Literary Award, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, among numerous other fellowships. A presentation workshop of Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven was first shown at PRELUDE 2005.

The award ceremony features an interview with Young Jean Lee by Chloë Rae Edmonson; speeches and performance by Doctoral Students Jessica Adam, Kyueun Kim, Ash Marinaccio, Nina Angela Mercer, Hansol Oh, Alison Walls, and Jennie Youssef; as well as a special performance by Diana Oh and Matt Park.

Presented in collaboration with the DTSA Second Vice President Hansol Oh, with additional support from Sidney E. Cohn Chair Distinguished Professor Marvin Carlson, Vera Mowry Roberts Chair Distinguished Professor David Savran, Lucille Lortel Chair Professor Jean Graham-Jones, and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.

Past Honorees:

2017 – Taylor Mac
2016 – Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir
2015 – María Irene Fornés
2014 – Elevator Repair Service
2013 – Woodie King Jr.
2012 – Split Britches
2011 – Stephen Sondheim
2010 – Charles Mee
2009 – Judith Malina
2008 – Karen Finley
2007 – Mabou Mines
2006 – HERE Arts Center
2005 – Paula Vogel
2004 – The Classical Theatre of Harlem
2003 – The New York Theatre Workshop
2002 – Tony Kushner
2001 – Anne Bogart and The S.I.T.I. Company
2000 – Performance Space 122
1999 – Dixon Place
1998 – Hal Prince
1997 – Richard Foreman
1996 – The Brooklyn Academy of Music
1995 – Anne Hamburger and En Garde Arts
1994 – JoAnne Akalaitis
1993 – The Wooster Group
1992 – Arthur Miller
1991 – Al Hirschfeld
1990 – Robert Whitehead
1989 – Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival
1988 – The Ridiculous Theatrical Company
1987 – Joseph Chaiken
1986 – Stanley Kauffmann
1985 – The Negro Ensemble Company
1984 – Ellen Stewart
1983 – The Royal Shakespeare Company


Start: Mar 23, 2018
End: Mar 23, 2018
Venue: Segal Theatre
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April 2

A Day with Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk directing Book of Days. Photo by Dominique Lasseur

Monday, April 2
Segal Theatre
5:30pm Discussion + 1:00pm Screenings

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

Join us for a day with iconic composer, singer, director/choreographer and filmmaker, Meredith Monk. Following afternoon screenings, the evening discussion features Meredith Monk, Performing Arts Journal editor Bonnie Marranca, and Frank Hentschker. Screenings will include 16 Millimeter Earrings (1966), Book of Days (1988), Ellis Island (1981), Turtle Dreams (1983), Paris (1982), and several of Monk’s short silent films (1966-1994).

Considered one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, Meredith Monk has been a pioneer of interdisciplinary work for over 50 years. Her award-winning films, Ellis Island and Book of Days, have screened world-wide and on PBS, and her music has been used by filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard, Terrence Malick, David Byrne and the Coen brothers, among others. Monk has made more than a dozen recordings on the ECM label, including the 2008 Grammy-nominated Impermanence. In conjunction with her 50th season of performing and creating work, she was named the 2014-15 Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall. Recent honors include the 2017 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize and a 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. Celebrated internationally, Ms. Monk’s work has been presented at major venues throughout the world.

Bonnie Marranca is founding publisher and editor of the Obie-Award winning PAJ Publications/PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, which celebrated its 40th year in 2016. A recent recipient of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Excellence in Editing Award for Sustained Achievement, she has written or edited seventeen books. She is the author of three volumes of criticism, Performance Histories, Ecologies of Theatre, and Theatrewritings, and editor several play anthologies, interview and essay collections, including Conversations with Meredith Monk,  New Europe: plays from the continent, Interculturalism and Performance, and Plays for the End of the Century. Her essays have been translated into twenty languages. A Guggenheim Fellow and Fulbright Senior Scholar, Bonnie Marranca is Professor of Theatre at The New School for Liberal Arts/Eugene Lang College.

Additional support by PAJ Publications/PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Bonnie Marranca, editor.

1:00pm       16 Millimeter Earrings (1979, 25 minutes)
1:30pm       Book of Days   (1988, 85 minutes)
3:00pm     Ellis Island (1981, 28 minutes)
3:30pm     Turtle Dreams (Waltz) (1983, 27 minutes )
4:00pm     Paris (1982, 26 minutes)
4:30pm     Monk’s Short Silent Films (1966-1994, 40 minutes)
                    16 Millimeter Earrings (1966, 4 minutes)
                    Children (1967,  8 minutes)
                    Ball Bearing (1968, 6 ½ minutes)
                   Quarry (1975, 5 ½ minutes)
                   Ellis Island (1979, 6 ½ minutes)
                   Faces (1994, 5 minutes)
5:30pm     Discussion with Meredith Monk, Bonnie Marranca, and Frank Hentschker


About the films:

16 Millimeter Earrings (1979)
Conceived and Performed by Meredith Monk
Produced, Directed and Photographed by Robert Withers
A reconstruction of the original 1966 piece

16 Millimeter Earrings is considered one of Meredith Monk’s breakthrough works. Of the original production performed at the Judson Church in 1966, John Perrault of the Village Voice wrote, “movement, film, words, and sounds are so skillfully interwoven and inter-related that no description can substitute for actually seeing the kind of magic she has managed to produce.” This film interpretation by Robert Withers documents a 1979 reconstruction and is his cinematic view of the piece.

Book of Days (1988)
Conceived and Directed by Meredith Monk
Cinematography by Jerry Pantzer
Art Direction and Costume Design by Yoshio Yabara
Music by Meredith Monk
Produced by Catherine Tatge and Dominique Lasseur

Book of Days is a film about time, drawing parallels between the Middle Ages, a time of war, plague and fear of the Apocalypse, with our modern times of racial and religious conflict, the AIDS epidemic, and the fear of nuclear annihilation. The film aired on PBS, was shown at the New York Film Festival and was selected for the Whitney Biennial.

Ellis Island  (1981)
Conceived and Directed by Meredith Monk
Produced and Co-Directed by Bob Rosen
Cinematography by Jerry Pantzer
Music by Meredith Monk
Co-produced by Greenwich Film Associates and ZDF Germany

“An intensely memorable film evocation of America’s immigrants; set in the crumbling halls of contemporary Ellis Island…spare, sober, and exquisite, it recalls the formality and beauty of vintage photos.” (Village Voice) Ellis Island aired on PBS and was awarded the CINE Golden Eagle, special Jury Prize from the Atlanta and San Francisco Film and Video Festivals.

Turtle Dreams (Waltz) (1983)
Conceived by Meredith Monk
Performed by Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble
Directed by Ping Chong
Music by Meredith Monk
Co-Produced by WGBH-Boston

Turtle Dreams (Waltz) is a music piece with movement for 4 voices and 2 organs. This section of the work was originally performed live in 1981 as part of Monk’s Music Concert with Film.

Paris (1982)
Conceived and performed by Meredith Monk and Ping Chong
Music by Meredith Monk
Produced and Directed by Mark Lowry and Kathryn Escher
Made in cooperation with the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and KTCA-TV

Paris  was first performed in 1972. In 1976 it became the first part of The Travelogue Series, a music-theater piece on journeys imaginary and real, to places with a unique and formative role in history and our consciousness. Paris is an evocation of place; the ambiance, inhabitants, and mood of a location.

Short Silent Films (1966-1994)
16 Millimeter Earrings (1966)
Directed by Meredith Monk
Camera by Kenneth Van Sickle

This short, silent version of 16 Millimeter Earrings was one of three films projected on different surfaces at specific times during performances of Monk’s breakthrough interdisciplinary work of the same name.

Children (1967)
Directed by Meredith Monk
Camera by Phill Niblock

Children was originally created for Monk’s Excerpt from a work in progress at the Village Theater. It was shot in New York City’s subways and in Monk’s old studio on St. Mark’s Place.

Ball Bearing  (1968)
Directed by Meredith Monk
Camera by Meredith Monk and George Landow

Ball Bearing was designed as an installation piece, to play continuously forward and backward for an unrestricted time period.

Quarry (1975)
Directed by Meredith Monk
Camera and Editing by David Gearey

Quarry was designed to be projected between the “Dictator’s Speech” and “Rally” sections of Monk’s opera of the same name.

Ellis Island (1979)
Directed by Meredith Monk
Associate Director Bob Rosen
Camera by Jerry Pantzer

This short, silent version of Ellis Island was designed to be projected during a section of Monk’s live work, Recent Ruins. It features members of Meredith Monk/The House, and was filmed on location on Ellis Island prior to its major renovation.

Faces (1994)
Directed by Meredith Monk
Camera by Nick Blair
Edited at Morty’s, New York City with Bruce Ashkinos

Part I of Faces was used in Monk’s Shrine Installation, situated in the lobby of theaters where her solo piece Volcano Songs was performed. Part II was projected as part of the performance. Both are part of an ongoing project called 24 Hours of Faces.

Start: Apr 2, 2018
End: Apr 2, 2018
Venue: Segal Theatre
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