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PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2015: Hadi Marifat & Hjalmar Joffre-Eichhorn – Infinite Incompleteness

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May 4, 2015
May 4, 2015
Segal Theater
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Photo by Gaia Squarci

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2015. As part of the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the Segal Center will showcase play readings by nine of the world’s most respected dramatists Afghanistan, Argentina, Cuba, France, Germany, Indonesia, Kenya, and Uganda.

The International Play Festival generates a conversation on art, politics, dreams, war, and philosophy, meant to give American audiences a rich awareness of the greater global dialogue. Selected readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwright.

Monday, May 4

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

Infinite Incompleteness
Written by Hadi Marifat (Afghanistan) & Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn (Germany/Bolivia)
Directed by Nicole A. Watson
4:30pm | Segal Theatre

Infinite Incompleteness tells the stories of ten Afghan women and men who have lost members of their families as a result of the various conflicts in Afghanistan over the past three decades. The stories are told verbatim by three anonymous Afghan men.

This reading will be followed by a conversation with Hadi Marifat and Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn.


Hadi-MarifatHadi Marifat is an Afghan human rights activist. He co-founded and worked as director of the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization. He also worked as Country Analyst with the Center for Civilians in Conflict, Researcher with Human Rights Watch and Human Rights Officer with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. He studied Politics and International Relations in the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the UK. He did his Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies with the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Netherlands.


HjalmarHjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn is a German-Bolivian theatre-maker who uses different forms of interactive, participatory theatre to work with communities in conflict and create possibilities for bottom-up dialogue and a search for grassroots solutions. He has worked in more than a dozen countries on all continents and is one of the co-founders of the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO), an all-Afghan community-based theatre platform based in Kabul, Afghanistan. In 2013 he published Wenn die Burka plötzlich fliegt-Einblicke in die Arbeit mit dem Theater der Unterdrückten in Afghanistan, a book (in German) about his experiences working with theatre in Afghanistan.


Basic CMYK

Additional travel funds provided by the Open Society Foundation-Arab Regional Office.


The 11th Annual PEN World Voices of International Literature, “On Africa,” New York City, May 4-10, 2015. More than 100 Writers from 30 countries celebrate the transformative power of the written word. This year’s program, co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, takes you beyond the news by providing a rare chance to hear voices and perspectives from contemporary Africa and its diaspora. www.penworldvoices.org


The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker in 2005.
2015 Festival produced by Christine Scarfuto (New York) in collaboration with Frank Hentschker.


*If you are interested in helping with PEN World Voices, please contact Yu Chien Liu at yliu6@gc.cuny.edu.

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