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March 9

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

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 Pam Theilman.

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

 

Start: Mar 16, 2015
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March 30

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 an American playwright, director, filmmaker, poet, lyricist, and academic. 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 McArthur Fellow, Breuer is perhaps best known for The Gospel at Colonus, a collaboration with Bob Telson, nominated for a Pulitzer, Grammy, Tony, and Emmy, and Mabou Mines DollHouse which won Obies for Best Director and Best Performance (2004). 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

Start: Mar 30, 2015
End: Mar 30, 2015
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April 6

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

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Monday, April 6
Segal Theatre
Afternoon + 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 own performance company, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co. The event will feature excerpted readings of Sibyl Kempson’s early and new work, as well as an afternoon presentation.

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

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.

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

Urban Dramaturgy

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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).

 

 

 

Start: Apr 23, 2015
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April 28

Book Celebration Four Millenial Plays from Belgium

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Book Cover: Image by Yau Hoong Tang

Tuesday, April 28
Segal Theatre
7:30pm Conversation

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

Join us as we celebrate The Segal Center’s newest publication, Four Millennial Plays from Belgium, from the French side of the language divide in Belgium. The evening will feature readings from the plays and a panel discussion with Belgian playwrights Jacques De Decker, 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).

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

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2015

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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 & Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn (Afghanistan)
4:30pm | Segal Theatre

3Hadi-MarifatInfinite 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.

 

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

The AnimaValerel 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.

 

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.

Date: May 4
Venue: Segal Theater
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May 5

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2015

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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)
2:00pm | Segal Theatre

AngellaAfter 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.

 

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

PerezBased 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.

 

 

The Street of Ants
Written by Roland Schimmelpfennig (Germany) & Translated by David Tushingham (UK)
7:30pm | Segal Theatre

RolandA 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.

 

 

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.

Date: May 5
Venue: Segal Theater
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May 11

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2015

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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.

Picnic
Written by Joned Suryatmoko (Indonesia) & Translated by Barbara Hatley
2:00pm | Segal Theatre
JonedHilmar, 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.

 

 

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

SitawaA 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. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Sitawa Namwalie.

 

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

RafaelA 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.

 

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.

 

Date: May 11
Venue: Segal Theater
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May 18

Richard Foreman Filmmaker

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Monday, May 18
Segal Theatre
All Day + 6:30pm Screenings

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

Join us for the very first retrospective of Richard Foreman’s work for film, including films about Richard Foreman, and an evening panel. The legendary New York auteur-du-theatre stopped working for the theatre and now considers himself a filmmaker. In 2012, Foreman returned, thirty years after Strong Medicine, with a full-length film, Once Every Day. 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.

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 to include excerpts of an untitled new work, as well as:
Out of the Body Travel, video play (1975)
City Archives, video play (1977)
Strong Medicine, feature film (1978)
Radio Rick in Heaven and Radio Richard in Hell, film (1987)
Total Rain, video play (1990)
A Film about Richard Foreman (MINDFLUX, 2010)
Collateral – Richard Foreman’s Bridge Project (2010)
Once Every Day, feature film (2012)
Untitled (2015)

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

Start: May 18, 2015
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