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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.

Schedule:
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.

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April 9

Etel Adnan: At a Certain Hour of the Night with Klaudia Ruschkowski & Bonnie Marranca

Etel Adnan in Paris, October 2016. Photo by Antonio Maria Storch

 

 

Monday, April 9
Segal Theatre
2:00pm Screenings + 6:30pm Reading and Discussion

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

Join us to celebrate the life and work of Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist Etel Adnan. Afternoon screenings will be followed by a reading of one of her plays, At a Certain Hour of the Night, directed by Zishan Ugurlu (Turkey), Associate Professor of Theatre at Eugene Lang College, The New School, New York; and a discussion with Klaudia Ruschkowski and Bonnie Marranca. Presented as part of the exchange between the CUNY Graduate Center and the American University of Beirut.

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

Screenings
2:00pm 
Words in Exile directed by Vouvoula Skoura | 2007, 52 minutes
For Etel Adnan, the world dawns in Beirut. The city is revisited throughout the film as her idiosyncratic universe is composed of closed and open spaces, the interplay of light and darkness, of conversations of consequence, of women, and of references to her many travels.

3:00pm
Serpentine Transformation Marathon

Organized and introduced by Hans-Ulrich Obrist | 2015, 21 minutes
For Etel Adnan Marin County, California became a center of life. Etel speaks about her experience painting in San Francisco in the 1960s and her relationship with Mount Tamalpais in Marin County.

3:25pm
The Weight of the World | 2016, 5 minutes
Curator Rebecca Lewin discusses Etel Adnan’s exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery. In her home in Paris, the artist speaks about her paintings and the color red.

3:30pm
In Conversation with Artist Etel Adnan | 2015, 16 minutes
Rachael Thomas (Senior Curator & Head of Exhibitions, IMMA) speaks with Etel in Paris about painting, performance, postmodernism, poetry, photography, movies, politics, and love.

3:50pm
Etel Adnan on Cross-Cultural Poetics | 2006, 20 minutes
Etel Adnan discusses and reads from her book In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country – a response to William Gass’s In the Heart of the Heart of the Country.

4:15pm
Motion | 90 minutes
Super 8 film material taken by Etel Adnan from the 60’s on.

Photo by Antonio Maria Storch

Etel Adnan is a poet, philosopher, and painter. The author of numerous essays and of plays, she writes across languages, cultures, and continents. Born in Beirut in 1925, she describes herself as an “alchemical product.” Her father was a Muslim from Syria born in Damascus and an officer of the Ottoman Empire. Her mother was a Greek from Smyrna, Turkey. At home, she lived with two religions, two languages, and two civilizations: the Islamic and the Greek. Her school in Beirut was French, with no reference to the Arab world outside. “Already as a child,” she says, “I had to construct my personality, to build myself up, in order to be something.” Her parents were living in a country not their own and Adnan discovered quickly that their life, as well as hers, was somehow “in between.” Her play At a Certain Hour of the Night was recently published in PAJ 117, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press). Etel was in a recent document at Kassel and shows at Serpentine Gallery, London and in Qatar. She also worked with Bob Wilson on the Paris Civil Wars section.

Photo by Antonio Maria Storch

Klaudia Ruschkowski was born in 1959 in Dortmund and lives in Volterra, Italy. She is an author, dramaturg, curator, publisher, and translator of English and Italian literature into German. From 1984 on, she has worked for various West and East German theatres as well as the Napoli Teatro Festival, Italia and the Biennale Musica di Venezia. In 1991, she co-founded and was the co-director of The European Culture Centre of Turingia, Erfurt until 1997. From 1999 to 2010, she organized programs and workshops for the International Heiner Müller Society, Berlin. In 2000, she founded, with Wolfgang Storch, Villa Le Guadalupe Spazio Per Le Arti in Volterra. Klaudia has worked in collaboration with Etel Adnan since 1999 as a translator and publisher of various poetry books, essays, interviews, and texts.

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 edited 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.

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Zishan (Zisan) Ugurlu has worked extensively both in New York and abroad as a theater artist since 1995. She is an actress and director-in-residence at La MaMa and Great Jones Repertory Company. She has performed in numerous productions with Great Jones Repertory Company, including Panorama directed by Italian company Motus as part of The Under The Radar Festival 2018. Panorama will be presented in Italy, Belgium, Spain, and South Korea. She is currently working on two directing projects: Music Room is about the prison system and will be performed by formerly incarcerated individuals and Fragments, Lists, and Lacuna written by Alexandra Chasin, featuring Judith Butler. She is a scientist/artist fellow at Ligo Project working with Dan McCloskey Lab. She is the founding artistic director of “Actors without Borders-ITONY.” She graduated from Columbia University with a MFA degree and holds a Ph.D. She is an Associate Professor at Lang College, The New School University. She is the recipient of the prestigious Fox Foundation Fellowship granted by Theater Communications Group.

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April 16

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018 (Magali Mougel, Mihaela Drăgan, & Stefano Massini)

 

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2018. As part of the 2018 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, The Segal Center will showcase play readings by ten of the world’s most respected dramatists, including Edouard Elvis Bvouma (Cameroon), Mihaela Drăgan (Romania), Elfriede Jelinek (Austria), Yonatan Levy (Israel), Stefano Massini (Italy), Magali Mougel (France), Ana Luz Ormazábal (Chile), Aristide Tarnagda (Burkina Faso), Wei Yu-Chia (Taiwan), and Liwaa Yazji (Syria). With writers hailing from four different continents, the International Play Festival generates a conversation on art, politics, dreams, war, and philosophy, meant to give American audiences a rich awareness of global dialogues. Readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwright.

April 16, 17 + 21 | Segal Theatre
All Day Readings + Discussions
FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Monday, April 16

4:00pm Suzy Storck (France)
Written by Magali Mougel.
Directed by Sara Rademacher. Translated by Chris Campbell.
Discussion moderated by Nicole Birmann Bloom.

6:00pm Del Duma / Tell Them About Me! (Romania)
Written by Mihaela Drăgan.
Directed by George Eli. Translated by Claudia Campeanu.
Discussion moderated by Diana Benea.

8:00pm Intractable Woman (Italy)
Written by Stefano Massini.
Directed by Lee Sunday Evans. Translated by Paula Wing.
Discussion moderated by Kate Loewald, Valeria Orani, and Elena Kostyuchenko.

Tuesday, April 17

4:00pm Goats (Syria)
Written by Liwaa Yazji.
Directed by Zishan Ugurlu. Translated by Katharine Halls.
Discussion moderated by Saphe Shamoun.

6:00pm Ways of Loving (Burkina Faso)
Written by Aristide Tarnagda.
Directed by Kareem Fahmy. Translated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.
Discussion moderated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.

8:00pm On The Royal Road: The Burgher King (Austria)
Written by Elfriede Jelinek.
Directed by Stefan Dzeparoski. Translated by Gitta Honegger.
Discussion moderated by Luisa Muhr.

Saturday, April 21

2:00pm  A Fable For Now (Taiwan)
Written by Wei Yu-Chia.
Directed by Mei Ann Teo. Translated by Jeremy Tiang.
Discussion moderated by Melissa Wansin Wong.

4:00pm  In War as in Games (Cameroon)
Written by Edouard Elvis Bvouma.
Directed by Gisela Cardenas. Translated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.
Discussion moderated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.

6:00pm  Agnetha Kurtz Roca Method (Chile)
Written & Translated by Ana Luz Ormazábal.
Co-directed by Amelia Bande and SeungHyun Hwang.
Discussion moderated by Fabian Escalona.

8:00pm  Saddam Hussein – A Mystery Play (Israel)
Written & Co-Translated by Yonatan Levy.
Directed & Co-Translated by Amir Farjoun.

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018 has been made possible by the support of Susan and Jack Rudin(†) and Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair, The Graduate Center CUNY.

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker since 2007 in collaboration with PEN World Voices Festival. The 2018 Festival is produced by Yu Chien Liu, in collaboration with Frank Hentschker. Assistant Producer: Paloma Estévez.

Founded by Michael Roberts, Esther Allen, and Salman Rushdie in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, PEN World Voices is the only international literary festival in the world with a human rights focus. It attracts the world’s best-known writers and has garnered broad global acclaim as one of the world’s premier literary events. Since its founding, PEN World Voices has presented more than 1,500 writers and artists from 118 countries, speaking 56 languages. The 2018 festival will run from April 16-22, 2018. www.penworldvoices.org
Chip Rolley, Director, World Voices Festival, PEN America
Kim Chan, General Manager

 

Monday, April 16 | Segal Theatre

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4:00pm Suzy Storck (France)
Written by Magali Mougel.
Directed by Sara Rademacher. Translated by Chris Campbell.

Another unbearably hot evening. Suzy Storck sits by the window. A glass of wine. A bottle. Three. Her husband has left. Maybe he’s coming home. Maybe he’s not. The radio buzzes. And still, the sun will just not set.

6:00pm Del Duma / Tell Them About Me! (Romania)
Written by Mihaela Drăgan.
Directed by George Eli. Translated by Claudia Campeanu.

Real stories about how four Roma women deal with life, social pressure, early marriage and dreams of escape. A serious solo-comedy performed by the Roma author.

8:00pm Intractable Woman (Italy)
Written by Stefano Massini.
Directed by TBA. Translated by Paula Wing.

A “theatrical memorandum” on Anna Politkovskaya, the Russian activist-journalist who exposed details of Russia’s war in Chechnya and fought government suppression, before her ruthless killing. In 2002, she was awarded the PEN Center USA Freedom to Write Award. In association with The Play Company, New York and Umanism NY (Valeria Orani, Director) as part of the Italian Playwrights Project. With additional support from Italian Cultural institute (Giorgio Van Straten, Director).

About the playwrights:

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Magali Mougel (France), a finalist to the Grand Prix de littérature dramatique, has been writing prolifically for the theatre since 2014 and has been staged throughout France. She taught at the Université de Strasbourg, the Institut littéraire de Bern, and at ENSATT, Lyon. She is an associate playwright at the Scènes du Jura and joined the artistic collective at the Théâtre de Sartouville Yvelines CDN.

 

 

Photo by Nihad Nino Pusija

Mihaela Drăgan (Romania) is an actress and playwright who lives and works in Bucharest and Berlin. In 2014, she founded Giuvlipen Theatre Company together with other Roma actresses. In 2015 she appeared in the feature film Aferim directed by Radu Jude, which won the Silver Bear for directing at the Berlin International Film Festival. She is currently working in Berlin at the Maxim Gorki Theater.

 

 

Photo by Attilio Marasco

Stefano Massini (Italy) is a Pier Vittorio Tondelli Award winning playwright, director, and the artistic consultant at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano. Inspired by the 2008 economic banking crisis, Massini wrote the The Lehman Trilogy. Translated into 14 languages, the trilogy will be staged in July 2018 at the National Theater in London by Sam Mendes.

 

 

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April 16

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018: Magali Mougel – SUZY STORCK

Suzy Stork by Magali Mougel translated by Chris Campbell, directed by Jean-Pierre Baro, Gate Theatre. Photo by Helen Murray.

 

Monday, April 16
Segal Theatre
4:00pm

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

Suzy Storck (France)
Written by Magali Mougel  
Directed by Sara Rademacher. Translated by Chris Campbell.
Discussion moderated by Nicole Birmann Bloom.

Another unbearably hot evening. Suzy Storck sits by the window. A glass of wine. A bottle. Three. Her husband has left. Maybe he’s coming home. Maybe he’s not. The radio buzzes. And still, the sun will just not set.

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Magali Mougel (France), a finalist to the Grand Prix de littérature dramatique, has been writing prolifically for the theatre since 2014 and has been staged throughout France. She taught at the Université de Strasbourg, the Institut littéraire de Bern, and at ENSATT, Lyon. She is an associate playwright at the Scènes du Jura and joined the artistic collective at the Théâtre de Sartouville Yvelines CDN.

 

 

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Sara Rademacher is a freelance theatre director and a Co-Founder and former Artistic Director of Elements Theatre Collective, whose mission is to bring professional quality theatre free of charge to audiences with limited access.  In 2007, Sara studied theatre in South Africa, which sparked her dedication to creating theatre that engages her community both locally and globally. She holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University in New York City, where she currently lives and works. During her time at Columbia she was the Assistant Director for Anne Bogart on Persians at the Getty Villa in California, and Sam Helfrich for Orpheus in the Underworld at Virginia Opera. She has also worked in Casting, Dramaturgy and been Assistant Director at many regional theatres including The Guthrie, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Marin Theatre and more. She has been in the SDC Observership Class for two years, and was recently nominated for Best Director at the NY Winterfest Theatre Festival. Some favorite directing credits include The Last Five Years, Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Caught Dreaming. Sara currently works at The National Theatre Conference. www.SaraRademacher.com

Photo by Helen Murray

As an actor, Chris Campbell has worked at theatres including The National, The Royal Court, The Traverse, The West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Birmingham Rep, The Gate and English Touring Theatre. Directors have included Howard Davies, Sir Richard Eyre, Sir Peter Hall, Richard Wilson, William Gaskill, Erica Whyman, Stephen Daldry, Ian Brown and Annie Castledine. He most recently appeared alongside Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady. He has translated plays by Philippe Minyana, David Lescot, Rémi de Vos, Adeline Picault, Magali Mougel, Launcelot Hamelin, Frédéric Blanchette, Catherine-Anne Toupin, and Fabrice Roger-Lacan for The National, The Almeida, The Donmar, The Traverse, The Birmingham Rep, and The Young Vic among others. His translation of Right Now was co-produced in 2016 by the Traverse, Bush and Ustinov theatres and in 2017, Oberon Books published a collection of his contemporary French translations and his translation of Suzy Storck was produced at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill. Chris was Deputy Literary Manager of the National Theatre for six years and is currently Literary Manager of the Royal Court. In 2014, he was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.

 

Currently as Program Officer, Performing Arts, at the Visual and Performing Arts Department-Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, Nicole has developed and promoted workshops, festivals, productions, tours and special projects with French artists, and has managed key French-American programs dedicated to support of performing dance and theater artists since 1999 in France and the United States.  Trained as a dancer in France and the U.S. (New York), Nicole after a brief time as a dance instructor and performer, worked in Paris and abroad for a decade in the public and private sectors. She returned to New York and joined the French Cultural Services in 1995.

 

Learn more about The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival.

 

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April 16

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018: Mihaela Drăgan – DEL DUMA/TELL THEM ABOUT ME!

Mihaela Dragan’s Del Duma. Tell them about me! at Colloquium of Ethnic Minority Theatres 2015. Photo by Andreea Campeanu 

 

 

Monday, April 16
Segal Theatre
6:00pm

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

Del Duma / Tell Them About Me! (Romania)
Written by Mihaela Drăgan.
Directed by George Eli. Translated by Claudia Campeanu.
Discussion moderated by Diana Benea.
Live Music by Petra Gelbart.

Real stories about how four Roma women deal with life, social pressure, early marriage and dreams of escape. A serious solo-comedy performed by the Roma author.

Photo by Nihad Nino Pusija

Mihaela Drăgan (Romania) is an actress and playwright who lives and works in Bucharest and Berlin. In 2014, she founded Giuvlipen Theatre Company together with other Roma actresses. In 2015 she appeared in the feature film Aferim directed by Radu Jude, which won the Silver Bear for directing at the Berlin International Film Festival. She is currently working in Berlin at the Maxim Gorki Theater.

 

 

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George Eli is an American Rom, who grew up in a traditional Romani family in the US. As a child, he was taught that the Rom must remain separate from the outside world. However, his deep Romani traditions taught George the ancient and mystical teaching of spiritual therapy. Today, George has been practicing his spiritual services with clients all over the tri-state area for over 10 years, and has been featured on NPR and WEBE-108, sharing his teachings in spiritualism and expertise on Roma culture. He eventually set out to create an ambitious documentary entitled, Searching for the 4th Nail, which explores and questions many of the Romani traditions he grew up with and passed down to his children. The film went on to be featured at many international film festivals, and won “Best Filmmaker Award” at the Connecticut Film Festival. George also served as producer for the highly successful documentary, When The Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2006), starring Johnny Depp and directed by Jasmine Dellal.

 

Diana Benea is Assistant Professor in the American Studies Program at the University of Bucharest, Romania, where she teaches courses in cultural studies and contemporary drama and performance. She is currently serving as a Fulbright Scholar grantee at CUNY – The Graduate Center, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (2017-2018). Her research focuses on the theory, praxis, and pedagogy of theatre for social change, and she is currently working on a monograph on contemporary community-based theatre in the U.S.

Learn more about The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival.

 

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April 16

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018: Stefano Massini – INTRACTABLE WOMAN

 

 

Monday, April 16
Segal Theatre
8:00pm

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

Intractable Woman (Italy)
Written by Stefano Massini.
Directed by Lee Sunday Evans. Translated by Paula Wing.
Discussion with Kate Loewald, Valeria Orani, and Elena Kostyuchenko.

A “theatrical memorandum” on Anna Politkovskaya, the Russian activist-journalist who exposed details of Russia’s war in Chechnya and fought government suppression, before her ruthless killing. In 2002, she was awarded the PEN Center USA Freedom to Write Award.

In association with The Play Company, New York and Umanism NY (Valeria Orani, Director) as part of the Italian Playwrights Project. With additional support from Italian Cultural institute (Giorgio Van Straten, Director).

 

Photo by Attilio Marasco

Stefano Massini (Italy) is a Pier Vittorio Tondelli Award winning playwright, director, and the artistic consultant at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano. Inspired by the 2008 economic banking crisis, Massini wrote the The Lehman Trilogy. Translated into 14 languages, the trilogy will be staged in July 2018 at the National Theater in London by Sam Mendes.

 

 

Photo by Andrew Kluger

Lee Sunday Evans (Director) is an Obie Award winning Director + Choreographer. Select production credits include: Dance Nation by Clare Barron (Playwrights Horizons. HOME by Geoff Sobelle (BAM Next Wave), Farmhouse/Whorehouse by Suzanne Bocanegra (BAM Next Wave), Miller, Mississippi by Boo Killebrew (Dallas Theater Center), The Winter’s Tale (Public Theater, Mobile Unit), [Porto] by Kate Benson (Bushwick Starr/Women’s Project), Bull in a China Shop by Bryna Turner (LCT3), Caught by Christopher Chen (Play Co.), Macbeth (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), Wellesley Girl by Brendan Pelsue (Humana Festival), D Deb Debbie Deborah by Jerry Lieblich (Clubbed Thumb), A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks… by Kate Benson (OBIE Award – New Georges/Women’s Project), The Play About My Dad by Boo Killebrew (59E59), God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz (Juilliard), Family Play (1979 to Present) by CollaborationTown, The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht with original music by Nicholas C. Williams. Her work has been presented/developed at: Baryshnikov Arts Center, Sundance Theater Lab, BAX, CATCH, LMCC, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, Juilliard. Lee received the 2017 SDC Breakout Award, and the 2016 Susan Stroman Directing Award from The Vineyard Theater.

 

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Paula Wing is a playwright, actor and translator. Her translation of Stefano Massini’s Intractable Woman, premiered in Montréal, Québec at Imago Theatre in 2017. A New York production by The Play Company is slated for 2018. Her original play, Risky Phil premieres at Young Peoples Theatre in Toronto this April. Paula’s stage adaptation of Ben Rice’s novella Pobby and Dingan was published in 2016 through the Kennedy Centre. She is a Resident Artist at Soulpepper Theatre Company in Toronto, where she is active in their youth and community programming. Paula is a sessional professor at the University of Windsor in both the Acting and Drama in Education and Community programs. This spring her musical adaptation of Margaret Mahy’s The Man Whose Mother Was A Pirate will tour Eastern Ontario with Thousand Islands Playhouse. Paula will appear as Karole at the Playhouse in their world premiere of The Canadian this summer.

 

Kate Loewald co-founded The Play Company in 1998 with her late partners, Mike Ockrent and Jack Temchin. PlayCo has produced 33 plays from the U.S. and abroad. Its work has been recognized with awards, nominations and honorary grants from the Drama Desk, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, Obies, and American Theatre Wing.

From 1990-99 Kate was Director of Play Development at the Manhattan Theatre Club. She created the MTC Van Lier Fellowships for emerging writers. She was also Director of MTC’s acclaimed Writers in Performance series in ‘98 and ’99, producing innovative programs of literary events.

Kate is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Columbia School of the Arts MFA program, and has also taught at the New School, Fordham, and NYU. She was lead dramaturg at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference from 2000-2003. She is a graduate of Yale College. In addition to her work with PlayCo, she was the Guest Artistic Director for the Signature Theatre Company in the 2004/2005 season.

 

By the time she moved to New York in 2015, Valeria Orani had served as administrative director, coordinator, and producer in public and private Italian theatre institutions, and had provided support to a large number of artistic projects. She had established herself as a well-known promoter and producer of Italian creative talent through 369gradi, which she founded in 2003 as a center for innovative services to promote and distribute Italian culture, par­ticularly contemporary art and the performing arts. In 2009, 369gradi turned to producing, working every year for about fifty Italian artists and technicians on productions staged throughout Italy and abroad.

In 2014, Valeria Orani established a transoceanic pilot proj­ect which aimed to promote the work of professionals in the contemporary world of Italian arts and crafts in New York City. She founded Umanism LLC in 2015. “Umanism” is the crasis or com­bination of the Italian word “umanesimo” and the English word “humanism.”

Umanism functions as an open plat­form to support European arts in New York City and American arts in Italy.

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center invited in 2014 Valeria Orani, as artistic director of Umanism, to collaborate on anambitious new translation , performance, and publishing initiative: The Italian Playwrigths Project.

 

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April 17

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018 (Liwaa Yazji, Aristide Tarnagda, & Elfriede Jelinek)

 

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2018. As part of the 2018 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, The Segal Center will showcase play readings by ten of the world’s most respected dramatists, including Edouard Elvis Bvouma (Cameroon), Mihaela Drăgan (Romania), Elfriede Jelinek (Austria), Yonatan Levy (Israel), Stefano Massini (Italy), Magali Mougel (France), Ana Luz Ormazábal (Chile), Aristide Tarnagda (Burkina Faso), Wei Yu-Chia (Taiwan), and Liwaa Yazji (Syria). With writers hailing from four different continents, the International Play Festival generates a conversation on art, politics, dreams, war, and philosophy, meant to give American audiences a rich awareness of global dialogues. Readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwright.

April 16, 17 + 21 | Segal Theatre
All Day Readings + Discussions
FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Monday, April 16

4:00pm Suzy Storck (France)
Written by Magali Mougel.
Directed by Sara Rademacher. Translated by Chris Campbell.
Discussion moderated by Nicole Birmann Bloom.

6:00pm Del Duma / Tell Them About Me! (Romania)
Written by Mihaela Drăgan.
Directed by George Eli. Translated by Claudia Campeanu.
Discussion moderated by Diana Benea.

8:00pm Intractable Woman (Italy)
Written by Stefano Massini.
Directed by Lee Sunday Evans. Translated by Paula Wing.
Discussion moderated by Kate Loewald, Valeria Orani, and Elena Kostyuchenko.

Tuesday, April 17

4:00pm Goats (Syria)
Written by Liwaa Yazji.
Directed by Zishan Ugurlu. Translated by Katharine Halls.
Discussion moderated by Saphe Shamoun.

6:00pm Ways of Loving (Burkina Faso)
Written by Aristide Tarnagda.
Directed by Kareem Fahmy. Translated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.
Discussion moderated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.

8:00pm On The Royal Road: The Burgher King (Austria)
Written by Elfriede Jelinek.
Directed by Stefan Dzeparoski. Translated by Gitta Honegger.
Discussion moderated by Luisa Muhr.

Saturday, April 21

2:00pm  A Fable For Now (Taiwan)
Written by Wei Yu-Chia.
Directed by Mei Ann Teo. Translated by Jeremy Tiang.
Discussion moderated by Melissa Wansin Wong.

4:00pm  In War as in Games (Cameroon)
Written by Edouard Elvis Bvouma.
Directed by Gisela Cardenas. Translated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.
Discussion moderated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.

6:00pm  Agnetha Kurtz Roca Method (Chile)
Written & Translated by Ana Luz Ormazábal.
Co-directed by Amelia Bande and SeungHyun Hwang.
Discussion moderated by Fabian Escalona.

8:00pm  Saddam Hussein – A Mystery Play (Israel)
Written & Co-Translated by Yonatan Levy.
Directed & Co-Translated by Amir Farjoun.

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018 has been made possible by the support of Susan and Jack Rudin(†) and Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair, The Graduate Center CUNY.

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker since 2007 in collaboration with PEN World Voices Festival. The 2018 Festival is produced by Yu Chien Liu, in collaboration with Frank Hentschker. Assistant Producer: Paloma Estévez.

Founded by Michael Roberts, Esther Allen, and Salman Rushdie in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, PEN World Voices is the only international literary festival in the world with a human rights focus. It attracts the world’s best-known writers and has garnered broad global acclaim as one of the world’s premier literary events. Since its founding, PEN World Voices has presented more than 1,500 writers and artists from 118 countries, speaking 56 languages. The 2018 festival will run from April 16-22, 2018. www.penworldvoices.org
Chip Rolley, Director, World Voices Festival, PEN America
Kim Chan, General Manager

 

Tuesday, April 17 | Segal Theatre

Visit here for more information about Day 1 and Day 3.

4:00pm Goats (Syria)
Written by Liwaa Yazji.
Directed by Zishan Urgulu. Translated by Katharine Halls.

As the coffins pile up in a small town in Syria, a party leader decides to offer a goat for each martyred son. A father learns the hard way about the surreal reality of politics, war, martyrdom, and life. Presented with additional support from South-South Forum at Dartmouth College, Eman S. Morsi.

6:00pm Ways of Loving (Burkina Faso)
Written by Aristide Tarnagda.
Directed by Kareem Fahmy. Translated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.

Accused of murder, a woman dreams of the sun, the hills, and the wind while facing trial. She has no right hand with which to promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

8:00pm On The Royal Road: The Burgher King (Austria)
Written by Elfriede Jelinek.
Directed by Stefan Dzeparoski. Translated by Gitta Honegger.

A blind female seer with bleeding eyes, Miss Piggy, channels a confused Tiresias as she tries to get a handle on the bizarre behavior of Donald Trump’s persona.

About the playwrights:

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Liwaa Yazji (Syria) is a playwright, poet, filmmaker, and screenwriter, educated in both English Literature and Theater Studies in Syria. Her play Goats premiered in The Royal Court, London, in 2017. Her play Q&Q was selected for the International Women Playwright Conference 2018. She is currently a co-writer on HEIM, a German TV series. Her first documentary Haunted premiered in 2014 at FID Marseilles.

 

 

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Aristide Tarnagda (Burkina Faso) studied at Jean-Pierre Guingané’s Théâtre de la Fraternité. In 2013, he directed his own play And if I was going to kill them all Ma’am? on a mainstage at the Avignon Theatre Festival, while another of his plays, Red Earth was included in the Off-Festival. He is the Artistic Director of the Récréâtrales Festival, one of the largest Pan-African performance festivals, based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

 

 

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Elfriede Jelinek (Austria) was born in 1946. She grew up in Vienna
and now lives in Vienna and Munich. She has received numerous
awards for her literary works, which include not only novels but also
plays, poetry, essays, translations, radio plays, screenplays, and
opera librettos. Her awards include the Georg Büchner Prize and the
Franz Kafka Prize for Literature. In 2004, she was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Literature.

 

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April 17

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018: Liwaa Yazji – GOATS

 

 

Tuesday, April 17
Segal Theatre
4:00pm

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

Goats (Syria)
Written by  Liwaa Yazji.
Directed by Zishan Ugurlu. Translated by Katharine Halls.
Discussion moderated by Saphe Shamoun.

As the coffins pile up in a small town in Syria, a party leader decides to offer a goat for each martyred son. A father learns the hard way about the surreal reality of politics, war, martyrdom, and life.

Presented with additional support from South-South Forum at Dartmouth College, Eman S. Morsi.

Photo by Florian Riemann

Liwaa Yazji (Syria) is a playwright, poet, filmmaker, and screenwriter, educated in both English Literature and Theater Studies in Syria. Her play Goats premiered in The Royal Court, London, in 2017. Her play Q&Q was selected for the International Women Playwright Conference 2018. She is currently a co-writer on HEIM, a German TV series. Her first documentary Haunted premiered in 2014 at FID Marseilles.

 

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Zishan (Zisan) Ugurlu has worked extensively both in New York and abroad as a theater artist since 1995. She is an actress and director-in-residence at La MaMa and Great Jones Repertory Company. She has performed in numerous productions with Great Jones Repertory Company, including Panorama directed by Italian company Motus as part of The Under The Radar Festival 2018. Panorama will be presented in Italy, Belgium, Spain, and South Korea. She is currently working on two directing projects: Music Room is about the prison system and will be performed by formerly incarcerated individuals and Fragments, Lists, and Lacuna written by Alexandra Chasin, featuring Judith Butler. She is a scientist/artist fellow at Ligo Project working with Dan McCloskey Lab. She is the founding artistic director of “Actors without Borders-ITONY.” She graduated from Columbia University with a MFA degree and holds a Ph.D. She is an Associate Professor at Lang College, The New School University. She is the recipient of the prestigious Fox Foundation Fellowship granted by Theater Communications Group.

 

Katharine Halls is a freelance Arabic-to-English translator who specialises in theatre and film. She studied Hebrew and Arabic at the University of Oxford and holds MAs in translation and Middle East studies. Her translation, with Adam Talib, of Raja Alem’s novel The Dove’s Necklace, received the 2017 Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding and was shortlisted for the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize.

 

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April 17

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018: Aristide Tarnagda – WAYS OF LOVING

 

 

Tuesday, April 17
Segal Theatre
6:00pm

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

6:00pm Ways of Loving (Burkina Faso)
Written by Aristide Tarnagda.
Directed by Kareem Fahmy. Translated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.
Discussion moderated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.

Accused of murder, a woman dreams of the sun, the hills, and the wind while facing trial. She has no right hand with which to promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

 

Photo by Lansman EmileCie

Aristide Tarnagda (Burkina Faso) studied at Jean-Pierre Guingané’s Théâtre de la Fraternité. In 2013, he directed his own play And if I was going to kill them all Ma’am? on a mainstage at the Avignon Theatre Festival, while another of his plays, Red Earth was included in the Off-Festival. He is the Artistic Director of the Récréâtrales Festival, one of the largest Pan-African performance festivals, based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

 

 

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Kareem Fahmy is a Canadian-born director and playwright of Egyptian descent. He is a 2017-2018 National Directors Fellow (The O’Neill/NNPN). He has directed and co-conceived a number of world premiere productions including Sevan K. Greene’s This Time (Rising Circle, New York Times Critics’ Pick), James Scruggs’s 3/Fifths (3LD, New York Times 5 Must-See Shows), and Nikkole Salter’s Indian Head (Luna Stage). Other work: Rohina Malik’s The Mecca Tales (NY & NJ premieres), Adam Kraar’s Alternating Currents (world premiere). Kareem has developed plays with New York Theatre Workshop (where he is a Usual Suspect), MCC, Second Stage, Soho Rep, New Dramatists, The Lark, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Sundance, The Civilians, Noor Theatre, Silk Road Rising, and Berkeley Rep. He is a founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for organizations and artists engaging with Middle Eastern stories. He is currently adapting the beloved Egyptian novel The Yacoubian Building for the stage. MFA: Columbia University. www.KareemFahmy.com

 

Heather Jeanne Denyer is a PhD Candidate in Theatre, here at the Graduate Center. Her dissertation examines gender and sexuality in contemporary theatre in Benin, Togo, and Burkina Faso. She has also written about and presented on West African puppetry. Heather served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon from 2003-2005, and has studied in France and Germany. She has translated plays from both French and German, including Hakim Bah’s Ticha-Ticha for the PEN World Voices Festival 2017. As a dramaturg, she has worked with New York-based companies including International Wow Company, Plastic Theatre Company, and East River Commedia. She has a BA in Dramatic Literature from Northwestern University and an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University. She teaches theatre history, theory, and analysis, and Africana studies.

 

 

 

 

 

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April 17

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018: Elfriede Jelinek – ON THE ROYAL ROAD: THE BURGHER KING

 

 

Tuesday, April 17
Segal Theatre
8:00pm

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

8:00pm On The Royal Road: The Burgher King (Austria)
Written by Elfriede Jelinek.
Directed by Stefan Dzeparoski. Translated by Gitta Honegger.
Discussion moderated by Luisa Muhr.

A blind female seer with bleeding eyes, Miss Piggy, channels a confused Tiresias as she tries to get a handle on the bizarre behavior of Donald Trump’s persona.

 

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Elfriede Jelinek (Austria) was born in 1946. She grew up in Vienna
and now lives in Vienna and Munich. She has received numerous
awards for her literary works, which include not only novels but also
plays, poetry, essays, translations, radio plays, screenplays, and
opera librettos. Her awards include the Georg Büchner Prize and the
Franz Kafka Prize for Literature. In 2004, she was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Literature.

 

Stefan Džeparoski is New York based internationally acclaimed director.  His work is epic, dramatic and above all, cinematic. His main focuses are stage practices at the cross section of art and technology. His multimedia project Delete was featured at Prague Quadrennial. Most recently, his work has been seen Off-Broadway (Wide Awake Hearts by Brendan Gall, BirdLand Theatre at 59E59 Theatres, and The Birds by Conor McPherson, BirdLand Theatre at 59E59 Theatre). For BirdLand Theatre he directed Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph, Fortune and Men’s Eyes, After The Fall by Arthur Miller, Roberto Zucco by Bernard Marie Koltes. In Europe, he staged Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee (Belgrade International Theatre Festival), and Quartet by Heiner Muller. He teaches Acting, Directing (Multimedia in Theatre Practice), Creative Performance Studies, Collective Creation (University of Alberta, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, New School for Drama, Royal St. George College). Stefan holds MFA in Theatre Directing and MA in Theatre Studies. He also is an alumnus of Directors Lab (2011) at the Lincoln Centre Theatre. Stefan is an award winning director (BroadwayWorld, Best Director), and was nominated for Sterling Award in Directing and John Hirsh Award.

 

Gitta Honegger is the authorized translator of Elfriede Jelinek.  Recent translations of Jelinek’s performance texts: Rechnitz (The Avenging Angel) and the Merchant’s Contracts. A Comedy of EconomicsCharges (The Supplicants) (all Seagull Books/U. of Chicago Press), Fury (Rowohlt Theatre scripts); Shadow. Eurydice Says(Performing Arts Journal), On the Royal Road: The Burgher King (forthcoming, Yale/Theater Magazine); Fury/Rage, an adaptation by the Hamburg Thalia Theatre, that interweaves parts of her text with scenes from Simon Stephens’ Rage, a response to Jelinek’s text.Currently Honegger is completing her translation of Jelinek’s opus magnum, the 666 page novel The Children of the Dead for Yale University Press. She also translated plays by Thomas Bernhard, Elias Canetti, Marie Luise Fleisser and others.  Book publications: Thomas Bernhard, The Making of an Austrian, (Yale University Press), which she also translated into German (Propyläen Verlag).  Dr. Honegger is Professor of Theatre at Arizona State University. For ten years she was a professor of dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at the Yale School of Drama and resident dramaturg at the Yale Repertory Theatre, where she also directed.

 

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April 21

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018 (Wei Yu-Chia, Edouard Elvis Bvouma, Ana Luz Ormazábal, & Yonatan Levy)

 

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2018. As part of the 2018 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, The Segal Center will showcase play readings by ten of the world’s most respected dramatists, including Edouard Elvis Bvouma (Cameroon), Mihaela Drăgan (Romania), Elfriede Jelinek (Austria), Yonatan Levy (Israel), Stefano Massini (Italy), Magali Mougel (France), Ana Luz Ormazábal (Chile), Aristide Tarnagda (Burkina Faso), Wei Yu-Chia (Taiwan), and Liwaa Yazji (Syria). With writers hailing from four different continents, the International Play Festival generates a conversation on art, politics, dreams, war, and philosophy, meant to give American audiences a rich awareness of global dialogues. Readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwright.

April 16, 17 + 21 | Segal Theatre
All Day Readings + Discussions
FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Monday, April 16

4:00pm Suzy Storck (France)
Written by Magali Mougel.
Directed by Sara Rademacher. Translated by Chris Campbell.
Discussion moderated by Nicole Birmann Bloom.

6:00pm Del Duma / Tell Them About Me! (Romania)
Written by Mihaela Drăgan.
Directed by George Eli. Translated by Claudia Campeanu.
Discussion moderated by Diana Benea.

8:00pm Intractable Woman (Italy)
Written by Stefano Massini.
Directed by Lee Sunday Evans. Translated by Paula Wing.
Discussion with Kate Loewald, Valeria Orani, and Elena Kostyuchenko.

Tuesday, April 17

4:00pm Goats (Syria)
Written by Liwaa Yazji.
Directed by Zishan Ugurlu. Translated by Katharine Halls.
Discussion moderated by Saphe Shamoun.

6:00pm Ways of Loving (Burkina Faso)
Written by Aristide Tarnagda.
Directed by Kareem Fahmy. Translated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.
Discussion moderated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.

8:00pm On The Royal Road: The Burgher King (Austria)
Written by Elfriede Jelinek.
Directed by Stefan Dzeparoski. Translated by Gitta Honegger.
Discussion moderated by Luisa Muhr.

Saturday, April 21

2:00pm  A Fable For Now (Taiwan)
Written by Wei Yu-Chia.
Directed by Mei Ann Teo. Translated by Jeremy Tiang.
Discussion moderated by Melissa Wansin Wong.

4:00pm  In War as in Games (Cameroon)
Written by Edouard Elvis Bvouma.
Directed by Gisela Cardenas. Translated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.
Discussion moderated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.

6:00pm  Agnetha Kurtz Roca Method (Chile)
Written & Translated by Ana Luz Ormazábal.
Co-directed by Amelia Bande and SeungHyun Hwang.
Discussion moderated by Fabian Escalona.

8:00pm  Saddam Hussein – A Mystery Play (Israel)
Written & Co-Translated by Yonatan Levy.
Directed & Co-Translated by Amir Farjoun.

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018 has been made possible by the support of Susan and Jack Rudin(†) and Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair, The Graduate Center CUNY.

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker since 2007 in collaboration with PEN World Voices Festival. The 2018 Festival is produced by Yu Chien Liu, in collaboration with Frank Hentschker. Assistant Producer: Paloma Estévez.

Founded by Michael Roberts, Esther Allen, and Salman Rushdie in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, PEN World Voices is the only international literary festival in the world with a human rights focus. It attracts the world’s best-known writers and has garnered broad global acclaim as one of the world’s premier literary events. Since its founding, PEN World Voices has presented more than 1,500 writers and artists from 118 countries, speaking 56 languages. The 2018 festival will run from April 16-22, 2018. www.penworldvoices.org
Chip Rolley, Director, World Voices Festival, PEN America
Kim Chan, General Manager

 

Saturday, April 21 | Segal Theatre

Visit here for more information about Day 1 and Day 2.

2:00pm A Fable For Now (Taiwan)
Written by Wei Yu-Chia.
Directed by Mei Ann Teo. Translated by Jeremy Tiang.

Tales of war, the environment, and personal regret collide as mankind hurtles towards a surreal apocalypse in the company of a belligerent duck, bears of at least three different varieties, and a truly extraordinary chicken.

4:00pm In War as in Games (Cameroon)
Written by Edouard Elvis Bvouma.
Directed by Gisela Cardenas. Translated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.

After learning that the war is over, a lonely child soldier with a Kalashnikov tells a young girl the story of his life. For him, it is nothing more than a video game with animated characters.

6:00pm Agnetha Kurtz Roca Method (Chile)
Written & Translated by Ana Luz Ormazábal.
Directed by Amelia Bande.

A fictional Chilean philosopher and performance artist returns to her country after 30 years of self-exile. A conference play about language, identity, community, and immigration–both from and to Chile.

8:00pm Saddam Hussein – A Mystery Play (Israel)
Written & Co-Translated by Yonatan Levy.
Directed & Co-Translated by Amir Farjoun.

On the brink of military defeat, Saddam and his doppelgangers retreat to the bunker—and embark upon a spiritual quest. Blending politics, metaphysics, poetry and nonsense, the play follows the tyrant’s initiation into the esoteric secret of oil.

 

About the playwrights:

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Wei Yu-Chia (Taiwan) studied playwriting at the Taiwan University’s Drama Department. She won the 2014 Taiwanese Literature Award for Playwriting with A Fable for Now. Other plays include Mama/Popstar (nominated for the 2015 Taipei Literature Award for Playwriting) and A Child from Nankoku (nominated for the 2017 New Taipei Award for Playwriting).

 

 

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Edouard Elvis Bvouma (Cameroon) is a playwright, actor, director,
novelist, and short story writer from Cameroon. His plays have been
staged throughout Africa and Europe, including the mainstage of
Avignon’s Theatre Festival. Bvouma has received multiple awards, including the Grands Prix Afrique du Théâtre Francophone. His plays are published by Lansman Editeurs.

 

 

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Ana Luz Ormazábal (Chile) is the award-winning artistic director of the ANTIMÉTODO Collective. Integrating practices of creation and research, she has developed work for the collective as a writer, dramaturg, and director. Ana teaches at Universidad Católica’s Theatre Department and is scheduled to begin work on her AL PACINO project at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center.

 

 

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Yonatan Levy (Israel) is a playwright, poet, Waldorf educator, and
director. His work Saddam Hussein – A Mystery Play was featured in
the Theater der Welt Festival and the Schaubühne Berlin. His new opera, The Sleeping Thousand (Music by Adam Maor), will premiere at the Luxembourg Grand Theatre in 2019. Levy also co-founded the Shakked Waldorf High School and the Sheik Abreik Festival for Civilian Culture, both in Kiryat Tivon, Israel.

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April 21

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018: Wei Yu-Chia – A FABLE FOR NOW

 

Wei Yu-Chia’s #, directed by Lee Ming-Chen, presented by Creative Society.                  Photo by Chen Yi-Tang

 

 

Saturday, April 21
Segal Theatre
2:00pm

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

2:00pm A Fable For Now (Taiwan)
Written by Wei Yu-Chia.
Directed by Mei Ann Teo. Translated by Jeremy Tiang.
Discussion moderated by Melissa Wansin Wong.

Tales of war, the environment, and personal regret collide as mankind hurtles towards a surreal apocalypse in the company of a belligerent duck, bears of at least three different varieties, and a truly extraordinary chicken.

 

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Wei Yu-Chia (Taiwan) studied playwriting at the Taiwan University’s Drama Department. She won the 2014 Taiwanese Literature Award for Playwriting with A Fable for Now. Other plays include Mama/Popstar (nominated for the 2015 Taipei Literature Award for Playwriting) and A Child from Nankoku (nominated for the 2017 New Taipei Award for Playwriting).

 

 

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Mei Ann Teo is a Chinese Singaporean/Asian American theatre and film maker. She makes work across genres, including reimagining classics, experimental participatory work, multi-media music theatre, and documentary theatre. Her work tours internationally, including Belgium’s Festival de Liege (Lyrics From Lockdown, “Truly polished, meaningful and entertaining” -New York Times), Edinburgh International Fringe (MiddleFlight, “Stunning” -Scotsman), M1 Singapore Fringe Festival (The Shape of a Bird, “Superb staging” – Straits Times), Beijing International Festival (Labyrinth – Top 8 in Beijing News). She recently directed the world premiere of Dim Sum Warriors by Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo, composed by Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun in Shanghai, which will go on a China wide tour in 2018. She holds an MFA from Columbia University, and is the assistant professor of directing and dramaturgy at Hampshire College.

 

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Jeremy Tiang has translated plays by Xu Nuo, Han Lao Da, Quah Sy Ren etc. and novels by Zhang Yueran, Yeng Pway Ngon, Chan Ho-Kei, Tianxia Bachang etc. He is the recipient of a PEN/ Heim Grant, an NEA Literary Translation Fellowship, a Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship, and a People’s Literature Prize Mao-Tai Cup. Jeremy is also a novelist and playwright; most recently, his play A Dream of Red Pavilions (adapted from the novel by Cao Xueqin) was performed off-Broadway by Pan Asian Repertory Theater, and his novel State of Emergency was published by Epigram Books in 2017. He lives in Brooklyn.

 

Melissa Wansin Wong is an adjunct assistant professor at the City University of New York and a faculty member at The School of Visual Arts. Her teaching and research explore the intersections between human rights, social justice, and performance. Her reviews and peer-reviewed articles on Asian performance practices could be found in Theatre Journal, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Asian Theatre Journal, and Palgrave, with forthcoming articles to be published by Routledge and Cambridge University Press.

 

 

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April 21

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018: Edouard Elvis Bvouma – IN WAR AS IN GAMES

 

Saturday, April 21
Segal Theatre
4:00pm

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

4:00pm In War as in Games (Cameroon)
Written by Edouard Elvis Bvouma.
Directed by Gisela Cardenas. Translated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.
Discussion moderated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.

After learning that the war is over, a lonely child soldier with a Kalashnikov tells a young girl the story of his life. For him, it is nothing more than a video game with animated characters.

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Edouard Elvis Bvouma (Cameroon) is a playwright, actor, director,
novelist, and short story writer from Cameroon. His plays have been
staged throughout Africa and Europe, including the mainstage of
Avignon’s Theatre Festival. Bvouma has received multiple awards, including the Grands Prix Afrique du Théâtre Francophone. His plays are published by Lansman Editeurs.

 

 

Gisela Cardenas has directed, written, and performed in England, Germany, Peru, Brazil, Romania, The Netherlands, Norway, and the USA. Past Credits: Agamemnon (Drama Desk Nomination 2006), Jose Watanabe’s Antigone (Sibiu International Theater Festival, Romania); HotInk Festival 2008-2009; Part 1 of An Oresteia (Classic Stage Company), Euripides’ Medea (Perú), Richard III (Norway), Peter Asmussen’s Nobody meets Anyone (Brazil). In 2015 she founded InTandem Lab a performance company, where Gisela currently serves as Artistic Director. Recent Credits with her company: Instructions to Decode A(n In)human Transformation (2016), an electronic opera Hybrid Suite No 2: The Carmen Variations (based on Bizet’s Carmen) at Here Arts Center/ HARP Resident. Upcoming: Dying for It(Writer and Director), Naomi Wallace’s One Flea Spare (NYU) and Sergio Blanco’s Thebas Land (South America). intandemlab.org

 

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Heather Jeanne Denyer is a PhD Candidate in Theatre, here at the Graduate Center. Her dissertation examines gender and sexuality in contemporary theatre in Benin, Togo, and Burkina Faso. She has also written about and presented on West African puppetry. Heather served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon from 2003-2005, and has studied in France and Germany. She has translated plays from both French and German, including Hakim Bah’s Ticha-Ticha for the PEN World Voices Festival 2017. As a dramaturg, she has worked with New York-based companies including International Wow Company, Plastic Theatre Company, and East River Commedia. She has a BA in Dramatic Literature from Northwestern University and an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University. She teaches theatre history, theory, and analysis, and Africana studies.

 

Doron JePaul Mitchell (actor) is a New York based actor, singer and writer. His recent credits include: Good Men Wanted by Kevin Armento (New York Stage and Film), Fortress of Solitude with Daniel Aukin, The Cherry Orchard with Lucie Tiberghien, Indie Feature film, July Rising. He has developed and presented work with The Lark, BMI Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Guthrie Experience, among others. He’s currently in post production for the webseries, Finding Our Way. MFA: NYU Grad Acting. Doron is rep’d by Authentic and Stewart Talent.

 

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April 21

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018: Ana Luz Ormazábal – AGNETHA KURTZ ROCA METHOD

Saturday, April 21
Segal Theatre
6:00pm

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

6:00pm Agnetha Kurtz Roca Method (Chile)
Written & Translated by Ana Luz Ormazábal.
Co-directed by Amelia Bande and SeungHyun Hwang.
Discussion moderated by Fabian Escalona.

A fictional Chilean philosopher and performance artist returns to her country after 30 years of self-exile. A conference play about language, identity, community, and immigration–both from and to Chile.

 

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Ana Luz Ormazábal (Chile) is the award-winning artistic director of the ANTIMÉTODO Collective. Integrating practices of creation and research, she has developed work for the collective as a writer, dramaturg, and director. Ana teaches at Universidad Católica’s Theatre Department and is scheduled to begin work on her AL PACINO project at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center.

 

 

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Amelia Bande is a writer working in performance, theater and film. Her plays Chueca and Partir y Renunciar were staged in Santiago, Chile. She is part of the Gel Film Series and she co-founded Publishing Puppies, a press for visual work, poetry and fiction. Amelia has recently shown work, solo and collaborative, at Artists Space, The Poetry Project, Storm King Arts Center, Dixon Place, BAM, Tang Museum at Skidmore College, MoMA PS1, The Kitchen, Abrons Arts Center, NGBK and Flutgraben Kunstfabrik in Berlin, and the NewBridge Project in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Her chaplet “The clothes we wear” was released by Belladonna* Collaborative in 2017.

 

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Originally from South Korea, SeungHyun Hwang is an actor, director, and playwright. He earned his BA in Theater from Brooklyn College in the City University of New York and his MA in Performance Studies from New York University. He has various experiences of theatre in Korea and the United States. His acting credits include Mr. Yoo – The Mortician (Southampton International Theater Festival), Loushis Red (Anna Deveare Smith’s Mattering Forum), Picnic (2014 National Board of Review Student Grant), Peace Song (UN Music Video Festival). Directing credits include Journey Following the Light, December 32, Good Friday, Macbeth. Playwright credits include Doubt, Helicopter, Journey Following the Light, December 32.

 

Fabian Escalona is completing his Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center of CUNY, City University of New York. He studied a BA in Art History and Theory at Universidad de Chile, and later a Master program in Latin American Studies. He wrote theatre criticism in Chile, from 2010 to 2016 for the Chilean magazine Revista Sangría. He has also contributed to the international journal Critical Stages. His academic research focuses on Latin American theatre history, contemporary Chilean theatre, political theatre and post-Colonial studies.

 

 

 

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April 21

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018: Yonatan Levy – SADDAM HUSSEIN: A MYSTERY PLAY

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Saturday, April 21
Segal Theatre
8:00pm

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

8:00pm Saddam Hussein – A Mystery Play (Israel)
Written & Co-Translated by Yonatan Levy.
Directed & Co-Translated by Amir Farjoun.

On the brink of military defeat, Saddam and his doppelgangers retreat to the bunker—and embark upon a spiritual quest. Blending politics, metaphysics, poetry and nonsense, the play follows the tyrant’s initiation into the esoteric secret of oil.

 

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Yonatan Levy (Israel) is a playwright, poet, Waldorf educator, and
director. His work Saddam Hussein – A Mystery Play was featured in
the Theater der Welt Festival and the Schaubühne Berlin. His new opera, The Sleeping Thousand (Music by Adam Maor), will premiere at the Luxembourg Grand Theatre in 2019. Levy also co-founded the Shakked Waldorf High School and the Sheik Abreik Festival for Civilian Culture, both in Kiryat Tivon, Israel.

 

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Amir Farjoun is currently a PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center. Co-created and/or performed works include Saddam Hussein – A Mystery Play (Hazira 2011, featured in Theater Der Welt 2014 and Schaubühne Berlin’s F.I.N.D Festival 2015), The General and the Sea (Hazira 2014), and Debriefing II (by Public Movement, Guggenheim Museum 2016).

 

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April 23

Two Days with Hans-Thies Lehmann Day #1

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April 23 & April 24
Segal Theatre
Discussions + All Day Screenings

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

Join us for two evenings with German theatre researcher and author Hans-Thies Lehmann. His highly influential publication, Postdramatic Theatre (Routledge, 2006), established the modern visage of avant-garde theatre by cataloguing and defining the tendencies and stylistic traits of experimental works since the end of the 1960s. Scholars and colleagues Marvin Carlson, Elinor Fuchs, Brandon Woolf, John Jesurun, Uwe Mengel, Molly Davies, Peter Eckersall, Jonathan Kalb, Carol Martin, Melissa Wansin Wong, and Frank Hentschker will join Lehmann in discussion throughout the sessions.

 

Monday, April 23

Daytime screenings of excerpts from works by:

Robert Wilson
The Wooster Group
John Jesurun
Jan Lauwers
Romeo Castellucci
She She Pop
René Pollesch

10:00am Robert Wilson – The Civil Wars (1984)
11:00am The Wooster Group – Brace Up! (1991/2003)
                  To You, The Birdie! ( Phèdre) (2002)
12:00pm John Jesurun – Shatterhand Massacree – Riderless Horse (1985)
Black Maria (1987)
1:00pm Jan Lauwers & Needcompany: The Deer House (2008)
2:00pm Romeo Castellucci – Orestea (2015)
 Giulio Cesare Spared Parts (1997)
3:00pm She She Pop (with ihre Väter) – TESTAMENT (2010)
4:00pm René Pollesch – Stadt als Beute (City as Prey) (2005)
5:00pm Tadeusz Kantor – Dead Class (1975)

Evening Discussion:
6:30pm Postdramatic Theatre and the 21 Century
Hans-Thies Lehmann

7:00pm New Forms of Theatre – Conversation I
Uwe Mengel, John Jesurun, Molly Davies & Hans-Thies Lehmann

7:20pm Performance in the Age of Performance – Conversation II
Bertie Ferdman, André Lepecki & Hans-Thies Lehmann

7:40pm Dramaturgy and Asian Theatres – Conversation III
Peter Eckersall, Melissa Wansin Wong & Hans-Thies Lehmann

 

Tuesday, April 24

Daytime screenings of excerpts from works by:

Tadeusz Kantor
Théatre du Soleil/Ariane Mnouchkine
Klaus Michael Grüber
Einar Schleef
Angelus Novus
Jan Fabre
andcompany&Co

11:00am Ariane Mnouchkine/Théatre du Soleil – 1789 (1970)
Henri IV (1982)
12:00pm Klaus Michael Grüber – Die Bakchen (The Bacchae) (1974)
1:00pm Einar Schleef – Faust (1990)
Ein Sportstuck (by Elfriede Jelinek, 1998)
2:00pm Jan Fabre/Troubleyn – The Power of Theatrical Madness (1986, revived 2012)
Mount Olympus (2016)
3:00pm andcompany & Co. – Colonial Digital: The Empire Feeds Back! (2018)
4:00pm Rimini Protokoll – Wallenstein (2005)
Prometheus in Athens (2010)
5:00pm Gob Squad – Western Society (2013)

Evening Discussion:
6:30pm On Tragedy
Hans-Thies Lehmann

7:00pm On Writing – Conversation I
Elinor Fuchs, Jonathan Kalb & Hans-Thies Lehmann

7:20pm Theater of the Real – Conversation II
Marvin Carlson, Carol Martin & Hans-Thies Lehmann

7:40pm German Theatre and the Giessen Institut – Conversation III
Brandon Woolf, Frank Hentschker & Hans-Thies Lehmann

Special thanks to Richard Schechner and Yale University’s Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures (Katrin Trüstedt and Christian Kirchmeier).

Hans-Thies Lehmann is a professor emeritus for Theatre, Film, and Media Studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main from 1988 until he was given emeritus status. His publications include Bertolt Brecht’s Hauspostille–Text und kollektives Lesen (1978, with Helmut Lethen); Theater und Mythos. Die Konstitution des Subjekts im Diskurs der antiken Tragödie (1991); Postdramatisches Theater (1999, now a standard work and translated into 26 languages); Heiner Müller Handbuch (ed. with Patrick Primavesi, 2003); and Tragödie und dramatisches Theater (Routledge, 2013). Hans-Thies Lehmann first studied general and comparative literary studies in Berlin and studied for his doctorate with Peter Szondi until his death. After gaining his doctorate, he was a visiting professor at the Universiteit van Amsterdam from 1979 to 1982. From 1983 to 1988, he was a university assistant at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen, where he substantially contributed to establishing and shaping the course of study with colleague Andzej Wirth. As a university professor for theatre studies at the J. W. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main he made a remarkable contribution in devising theatre, film, and music studies courses, as well as establishing a course on dramaturgy in the framework of the Hessische Theaterakademie. In addition to guest professorships in Paris (France), Kaunas (Lithuania), Kraków (Poland), and Virginia (USA), Lehmann also works as a dramaturg for Jossi Wieler, Peter Palitzsch, Christof Nel, Theodoros Terzopoulos, Jan Fabre, and produces his own stage projects. He is on the board of the Gesellschaft für Theaterwissenschaft and a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Künste in Berlin. Hans-Thies Lehmann lives in Berlin with theatre critic Helen Varopoulou.

 

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April 24

Two Days with Hans-Thies Lehmann Day #2

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April 23 & April 24
Segal Theatre
Discussions + All Day Screenings

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

Join us for two evenings with German theatre researcher and author Hans-Thies Lehmann. His highly influential publication, Postdramatic Theatre (Routledge, 2006), established the modern visage of avant-garde theatre by cataloguing and defining the tendencies and stylistic traits of experimental works since the end of the 1960s. Scholars and colleagues Marvin Carlson, Elinor Fuchs, Brandon Woolf, John Jesurun, Uwe Mengel, Molly Davies, Peter Eckersall, Jonathan Kalb, Carol Martin, Melissa Wansin Wong, and Frank Hentschker will join Lehmann in discussion throughout the sessions.

Monday, April 23

Daytime screenings of excerpts from works by:

Robert Wilson
The Wooster Group
John Jesurun
Jan Lauwers
Romeo Castellucci
She She Pop
René Pollesch

10:00am Robert Wilson – The Civil Wars (1984)
11:00am The Wooster Group – Brace Up! (1991/2003)
                  To You, The Birdie! ( Phèdre) (2002)
12:00pm John Jesurun – Shatterhand Massacree – Riderless Horse (1985)
Black Maria (1987)
1:00pm Jan Lauwers & Needcompany: The Deer House (2008)
2:00pm Romeo Castellucci – Orestea (2015)
 Giulio Cesare Spared Parts (1997)
3:00pm She She Pop (with ihre Väter) – TESTAMENT (2010)
4:00pm René Pollesch – Stadt als Beute (City as Prey) (2005)
5:00pm Tadeusz Kantor – Dead Class (1975)

Evening Discussion:
6:30pm Postdramatic Theatre and the 21 Century
Hans-Thies Lehmann

7:00pm New Forms of Theatre – Conversation I
Uwe Mengel, John Jesurun, Molly Davies & Hans-Thies Lehmann

7:20pm Performance in the Age of Performance – Conversation II
Bertie Ferdman, André Lepecki & Hans-Thies Lehmann

7:40pm Dramaturgy and Asian Theatres – Conversation III
Peter Eckersall, Melissa Wansin Wong & Hans-Thies Lehmann

 

Tuesday, April 24

Daytime screenings of excerpts from works by:

Tadeusz Kantor
Théatre du Soleil/Ariane Mnouchkine
Klaus Michael Grüber
Einar Schleef
Angelus Novus
Jan Fabre
andcompany&Co

11:00am Ariane Mnouchkine/Théatre du Soleil – 1789 (1970)
Henri IV (1982)
12:00pm Klaus Michael Grüber – Die Bakchen (The Bacchae) (1974)
1:00pm Einar Schleef – Faust (1990)
Ein Sportstuck (by Elfriede Jelinek, 1998)
2:00pm Jan Fabre/Troubleyn – The Power of Theatrical Madness (1986, revived 2012)
Mount Olympus (2016)
3:00pm andcompany & Co. – Colonial Digital: The Empire Feeds Back! (2018)
4:00pm Rimini Protokoll – Wallenstein (2005)
Prometheus in Athens (2010)
5:00pm Gob Squad – Western Society (2013)

Evening Discussion:
6:30pm On Tragedy
Hans-Thies Lehmann

7:00pm On Writing – Conversation I
Elinor Fuchs, Jonathan Kalb & Hans-Thies Lehmann

7:20pm Theater of the Real – Conversation II
Marvin Carlson, Carol Martin & Hans-Thies Lehmann

7:40pm German Theatre and the Giessen Institut – Conversation III
Brandon Woolf, Frank Hentschker & Hans-Thies Lehmann

Special thanks to Richard Schechner and Yale University’s Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures (Katrin Trüstedt and Christian Kirchmeier).

 

Hans-Thies Lehmann is a professor emeritus for Theatre, Film, and Media Studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main from 1988 until he was given emeritus status. His publications include Bertolt Brecht’s Hauspostille–Text und kollektives Lesen (1978, with Helmut Lethen); Theater und Mythos. Die Konstitution des Subjekts im Diskurs der antiken Tragödie (1991); Postdramatisches Theater (1999, now a standard work and translated into 26 languages); Heiner Müller Handbuch (ed. with Patrick Primavesi, 2003); and Tragödie und dramatisches Theater (Routledge, 2013). Hans-Thies Lehmann first studied general and comparative literary studies in Berlin and studied for his doctorate with Peter Szondi until his death. After gaining his doctorate, he was a visiting professor at the Universiteit van Amsterdam from 1979 to 1982. From 1983 to 1988, he was a university assistant at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen, where he substantially contributed to establishing and shaping the course of study with colleague Andzej Wirth. As a university professor for theatre studies at the J. W. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main he made a remarkable contribution in devising theatre, film, and music studies courses, as well as establishing a course on dramaturgy in the framework of the Hessische Theaterakademie. In addition to guest professorships in Paris (France), Kaunas (Lithuania), Kraków (Poland), and Virginia (USA), Lehmann also works as a dramaturg for Jossi Wieler, Peter Palitzsch, Christof Nel, Theodoros Terzopoulos, Jan Fabre, and produces his own stage projects. He is on the board of the Gesellschaft für Theaterwissenschaft and a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Künste in Berlin. Hans-Thies Lehmann lives in Berlin with theatre critic Helen Varopoulou.

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April 30

Re-Reading Oppression: One-act plays by Amiri Baraka, Harold Pinter, and Salah Abdul-Saboor

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Monday, April 30
Segal Theatre

5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm Readings + Discussion

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

With oppressive regimes regenerating themselves by applying practices commonly undertaken by dictatorships, the power of art remains an essential force that motivates the masses to resist and fight against the normalization of such abusive practices. Join us for a mini-festival that aims to analyze and track the dynamics of oppression, discrimination, and abuse when portrayed by three significant playwrights from the U.S., England, and Egypt. All readings will be followed by a brief conversation, and the event will conclude with a panel discussion and a Q&A with the directors, Marvin Carlson, and others. Discussion moderated by Frank Hentschker. Concept and dramaturgy by Salma S. Zohdi.

5:30pm LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman (1964)
Directed by Kareem Fahmy

A powerful one-act drama, Dutchman is set on a New York subway train, the play is a searing two-character confrontation that begins playfully, but builds rapidly in suspense and symbolic resonance.

“Dutchman” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

6:30pm Harold Pinter’s One for the Road (1984)
Directed by NJ Agwuna

Considered by Frank Rich as Pinter’s “statement about the human rights abuses of totalitarian governments”. The play is set in a room, during the course of one day, where family of three–a father, mother, and a child–are interrogated and tortured.

“One for the Road” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

7:30pm Salah Abdul-Saboor’s Night Traveller (1969)
Directed by Robin A. Eriksen & translated by M.M. Enani.

A black comedy set in a train heading to an unknown destination with three main characters: Narrator, Passenger, and Conductor. Throughout this absurdist narrative, the Conductor manipulates the Passenger’s identity by playing mind games and exerting oppressive practices.

Roles in all three plays are performed by Jordan Bellow, Ali Nasser, and Vanessa Vaché.

Stage directions read by Mohamed El Batran.

This event is curated by dramaturg and Segal Center’s 2017/18 Next Generation Fellow Salma S. Zohdi, in collaboration with director Robin A. Eriksen.

Special thanks to Ira Dworkin, Walid El Hamamsy, M.M. Enani, and Moataza Salah Abdel Sabour.

 

About the playwrights: 

Salah Abdul-Saboor is a pioneer of modern Arabic poetry, he and other Arab poets laid the foundation of a new school of Arabic poetry. They formulated their own experience in new authentic, creative patterns. In his early youth, he tried to find a new significance beyond rhetoric eloquent expression, attending to approach other realms of arts such as music and painting. In 1957, his first collection of poems People in my Country was published, shooting the poet into fame. Abdul-Saboor’s literature was not confined to poetry, but rather extended to poetic drama. Within a period of ten years, he had five poetic plays published. The first was The Tragedy of Al-Hallaj (1965), for which he was granted the State Incentive Award for Theatre in 1966. In addition to poetry and poetic drama, the great poet also practiced critical writing. Abdel Sabour was a follower of the free art which viewed art as an expression of unbridled imaginativeness and true, vehement emotions, within a highly romantic context. He believed that genuine poetry could be written only through absolute self-communion; he remained faithful to his own principles all his life until his death on August 14, 1981.

 

Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) is one of the most respected and widely published African-American writers. With the beginning of Black Civil Rights Movements during the sixties, Baraka explored the anger of African-Americans and used his writings as a weapon against racism. He is also the author of over 40 books of essays, poems, drama, and music history and criticism, a poet icon and revolutionary political activist who has recited poetry and lectured on cultural and political issues extensively in the USA, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe. With influences on his work ranging from musical orishas such as Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, and Sun Ra to the Cuban Revolution, Malcolm X and world revolutionary movements, Baraka is renowned as the founder of the Black Arts Movement in Harlem in the 1960s that became, though short-lived, the virtual blueprint for a new American theater aesthetics. The movement and his published and performance work, such as the signature study on African-American music, Blues People (1963) and the play Dutchman (1963) practically seeded “the cultural corollary to black nationalism” of that revolutionary American milieu.

 

Harold Pinter was a Nobel Prize-winning British playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. Harold Pinter is generally seen as the foremost representative of British drama in the second half of the 20th century. That he occupies a position as a modern classic is illustrated by his name entering the language as an adjective used to describe a particular atmosphere and environment in drama: “Pinteresque”. Pinter made his playwriting debut in 1957 with The Room, presented in Bristol. Other early plays were The Birthday Party (1957), at first a fiasco of legendary dimensions but later one of his most performed plays, and The Dumb Waiter (1957). His conclusive breakthrough came with The Caretaker (1959), followed by The Homecoming (1964) and other plays. It is said of Harold Pinter that following an initial period of psychological realism he proceeded to a second, more lyrical phase with plays such as Landscape (1967) and Silence (1968) and finally to a third, political phase with One for the Road (1984), Mountain Language (1988), The New World Order(1991) and other plays. Since 1973, Pinter has won recognition as a fighter for human rights, alongside his writing. He has often taken stands seen as controversial.

 

About the creative team: 

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NJ Agwuna (Director) is a freelance theater/ film director and actor from central Maryland, currently working on her MFA at Columbia University. She has worked on a national and international scale exploring classic text, developing new plays, devising, and investigating new ways to reach audiences. Some of NJ’s credits include The River Rouge (Director),  Freedom Train (Director), The Tempest (Director), Endangered: the Eco Musical (Associate Director), Love and Information (Director), Good Man(Director), Town Hall (Director), Truth or Lie (Director), What She Found (Director), Then She Fell (ASM), Amazing Spider-Man 2, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones. More at: www.njagwuna.com

 

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Robin A. Eriksen is a Norwegian director working both in the US and Norway. He’s a trained actor from the American Academy of Dramatic arts, has a bachelors degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Oslo, as well as an MFA in Directing from Columbia University. After years working in theatre he’s found his passion in directing for the stage; deep diving into different dramatic texts, composing living images, and communicating with actors and designers. This spring he will be working on four new plays, as well as directing and leading the design process for a new show at Dyreparken i Kristiansand, Norways largest tourist attraction.

 

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Kareem Fahmy is a Canadian-born director and playwright of Egyptian descent. He is a 2017-2018 National Directors Fellow (The O’Neill/NNPN). He has directed and co-conceived a number of world premiere productions including Sevan K. Greene’s This Time (Rising Circle, New York Times Critics’ Pick), James Scruggs’s 3/Fifths (3LD, New York Times 5 Must-See Shows), and Nikkole Salter’s Indian Head (Luna Stage). Other work: Rohina Malik’s The Mecca Tales (NY & NJ premieres), Adam Kraar’s Alternating Currents (world premiere). Kareem has developed plays with New York Theatre Workshop (where he is a Usual Suspect), MCC, Second Stage, Soho Rep, New Dramatists, The Lark, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Sundance, The Civilians, Noor Theatre, Silk Road Rising, and Berkeley Rep. He is a founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for organizations and artists engaging with Middle Eastern stories. He is currently adapting the beloved Egyptian novel The Yacoubian Building for the stage. MFA: Columbia University. www.KareemFahmy.com

 

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Salma S. Zohdi is an Egyptian Dramaturg based in New York City. She is the 2017/2018 Next Generation Fellow at The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center. Salma is a recipient of two international fellowship awards from the American Association for University Women. When she lived in Egypt she worked as a producer, teaching artist, stage manager, playwright, dramaturg, translator, and assistant director. Credits at Columbia University include: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Disposable Promises. New York City credits: Nathan the Wise at CSC, The Mecca Tales, an evening of “Arab Classic Plays”, and American Dreams & Arabian Nights at the BRICLab. Salma is also a collaborator on a work-in-development of a theatre adaptation of Alaa El Aswany’s acclaimed Egyptian novel The Yacoubian Building. At the Segal’s spring 2018 season, she is a co-curator and dramaturg of “Re-Reading Oppression,” an evening of a curated reading series of one-act plays that chronicle oppression, discrimination, and abuse. MA: The American University in Cairo – English & Comparative Literature. MFA: Columbia University – Theatre (Dramaturgy).

 

About the actors: 

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Jordan Bellow is a New York based actor originally hailing from California. He was most recently seen in a production of Jeremy O. Harris’ The Feels as part of the #americanAF Festival at the New Ohio Theatre. He played the title role of Macbeth and was also seen in Alkestis as part of Columbia Stages’ MFA thesis productions at the Connelly Theatre. Other Columbia credits include Balm In Gilead and Ward Six at the Schapiro Theatre. He has also performed in readings for MCC’s Youth Company at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and at Dixon Place. Regionally, he just closed a co-production of A Raisin In The Sun at Indiana Repertory Theatre and Syracuse Stage. Other regional credits include All The Way, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory and Fly at Florida Studio Theatre. Television credits include Gotham, Orange Is The New Black. He received a BFA in Theatre Performance at Chapman University.

 

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Ali Nasser began his acting career in Egypt, where he played a recurring role on ‘Lahazat Harega’, the Egyptian adaptation of the hit TV show ER, and served as a voice actor for the Disney Channel in the Middle East. After studying theatre and film at the American University in Cairo, Ali helped found ACT, a non-profit theater organization that staged multiple English-speaking productions in Cairo. His theater credits include: Angels Among Us, Gasping, Guys and Dolls, Celebration, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Advertising copywriter by day, Upright Citizens Brigade student and kettlebell kickboxer by night. Learn more at www.thealinasser.com

 

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Vanessa Vaché
is a New York based actress originally from Prescott, Arizona. She is graduate and former company member of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Recent NY theatre credits include “The Way Back” (Theatre For One), “Summertime” (Columbia Stages), “Strange Country” (Access Theatre), “Utility”* (Rattlestick, *NYIT award winner Best Premier Production 2016) “Rantoul and Die” (Cherry Lane Theater), “The Bad and The Better” (Playwrights Horizons) and “HotelMotel” (Gershwin Hotel). Upcoming this summer 2018: “Solitary” produced by Dutch Kills Theatre Company.Thank you to Robin for the opportunity to be a part of such a special event!

 

 

 

 

Start: Apr 30, 2018
End: Apr 30, 2018
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May 2

Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab with Anne Cattaneo

2017 Directors Lab. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Wednesday, May 2
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Discussions

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

Join us to discover and celebrate the astounding work and legacy of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, an international developmental program for emerging directors from many theatrical traditions. Since the inaugural lab in 1995, the LCT Directors Lab has nurtured the talents of over 1,500 emerging directors from around the world through workshops, shared sessions, rehearsals, and discussions with master artists under the leadership of dramaturg Anne Cattaneo. Anne Cattaneo and members of previous Labs will discuss the intensive investigation of their craft and the collaborative relationships developed through the program. A discussion with past and present Directors Lab collaborators.

Start: May 2, 2018
End: May 2, 2018
Venue: Segal Theatre
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May 10

Objects of Study: Methods and Materiality in Theatre and Performance Studies

Thursday, May 10th
Segal Theatre
7:30pm Performance, 5:00pm Roundtable + All Day Conference

FREE + Open to public. Please RSVP.

The multiple potential meanings of “object” within theatre and performance studies point to questions about the relationship between knowledge and materiality. With this conference, we issue a challenge to the common understanding of scholarly work as focused on an “object of study.” We seek to destabilize the terms “object” and “study” to explore how the ways in which we conceive of objects and materiality might influence the framework of our discipline. Are we, as scholars, engaging in acts of objectification? How do the objects also act upon us?

This student conference is organized by the Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association and will host working groups of emerging scholars during the day, followed by a roundtable with Katherine Behar (Baruch College, CUNY), Maaike Bleeker (Utrecht University, Netherlands), Rebecca Schneider (Brown University), Soyoung Yoon (The New School), and a performance by Larissa Velez Jackson (LVJ Performance Co.).

For more information, please visit the webpage: cuny.is/objects

This event will take place thanks to the generous support of Sidney E. Cohn Chair Distinguished Professor Marvin Carlson, Vera Mowry Roberts Chair Distinguished Professor David Savran, Lucille Lortel Chair Professor Jean Graham-Jones, the Ph.D. Program in Theatre, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Center for the Humanities, and The Doctoral Students’ Council.

DTSA Conference Committee: Eylül Fidan Akıncı, Amir Farjoun, Sarah Lucie, Christine Snyder, and Cory Tamler.

Date: May 10
Venue: Segal Theatre
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