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PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2015: Yerandy Fleites Pérez – My Uncle, The Exile

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May 5, 2015
May 5, 2015
Segal Theatre
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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.

Tuesday, May 5

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

My Uncle, The Exile
Written by Yerandy Fleites Pérez (Cuba)
Translated & Directed by Julián Mesri
5:00pm | Segal Theatre

Based on real events, My Uncle, The Exile tells the story of Evaristo, a Cuban exile who has decided to return to his homeland after being banished for homosexuality during the Mariel boatlift in 1980. His family is forced to confront the brutal policies of the Cuban government, which is making every effort to exile Evaristo again. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Yerandy Fleites Pérez.


PerezYerandy Fel
ites Pérez is a playwright and professor. He was born in Cuba in 1982, and graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte de Cuba (ISA) in 2006. He has published the following books: El Gallo Electrónico (The Electric Rooster), Jardin de héroes (Garden of Heroes), Un bello sino (A Beautiful Fate), Partagás, Antigone, Mi tio exiliado (My Uncle, the Exile), and Los basureros (The Garbagemen), among others. He is part of a number of contemporary Cuban theater anthologies, including: New Cuban Playwrights, Dramaturgies of the Revolution, and Cuban Drama for Children (1943-2013). Among his most produced works are El Gallo Electrónico (The Electric Rooster), Garden of Heroes, Antigone, God Was Not Antonioni (performance), and My Uncle, The Exile. He is the Virgilio Piñera Honorary Chair at the School of Theatrical Art of ISA.


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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