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

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

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Apr 17, 2018
Apr 17, 2018



Tuesday, April 17
Segal Theatre

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.


Photo courtesy of the artist

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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