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

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

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Apr 21, 2018
Apr 21, 2018


Saturday, April 21
Segal Theatre

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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