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An Evening with Danish Playwright Christian Lollike

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Nov 28, 2006
Nov 28, 2006
Segal Theater
Christian Lollike Courtesy of the Artist

Christian Lollike
Courtesy of the Artist

Meet Christian Lollike, a representative of a new generation of playwrights from Denmark and join us for a reading of his controversial play The Work of Wonders about the outrageous statement made by German composer Karl-Heinz Stockhausen that the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center was the ultimate work of art. With an introduction by Ken Nielsen, Ph.D. student in Theatre, CUNY.

Christian Lollike, born in Copenhagen, 1973, studied philosophy and literature at Roskilde University and attended the Danish School of Playwrights from 1998- 2001. Lollike is best known for his contemporary and controversial dramas, including Dom over skrig and Undervćrket-The Re-Mohammed-ty Show at Katapult Theatre. His plays have been succesfully staged in Sweden, Holland, Austria and Germany. Lollike’s signature is the constant exploration, challenge and dis-ruption of recognized dramatic conventions. He interweaves “reality fragments” throughout his theatrical universe, ranging from journalistic reports about group rape, to advertising slogans, to philosophical contemplations of the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

The Work of Wonders: A play about terror, faith, and youth. Four rootless youngsters discuss art, 9/11, and the western world’s reaction to the attack. The play is a sharp, analytic critique of civilization with horrifying descriptions of terror and references to art happenings and Hollywood films.

Jens Svane Boutrup Courtesy of the Artist

Jens Svane Boutrup
Courtesy of the Artist

Jens Svane Boutrup (Translator/Director) holds an MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College, CUNY. His New York directing credits include: First You’re Born by Line Knutzon; Mark of Cain by Morti Vizki (U.S. premiere); Evil by Jan Guillou/Benny Haag (U.S. premiere); and The Littlewoods by Jesper Halle (World premiere). Jens has translated a number of Scandinavian plays into English and works as a theatre consultant for New Nordic Voices in Canada. Jens is also the Executive Director of the theatre company Momentum in Odense, Denmark. Please visit www.boutrup.org.

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 28, 2006, Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free.

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