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PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2016: Jonas Hassen Khemiri – ≈ [Almost Equal To]

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Apr 28, 2016
Apr 28, 2016
Segal Theatre
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Production of the Schaubühne Theatre, Berlin, 2016. Photo by Gianmarco Bresadola

Thursday, April 28
6:00pm | Segal Theatre

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

≈ [Almost Equal To]
Written by Jonas Hassen Khemiri (Sweden) & Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles
Directed by Dan Rothenberg

In ≈ [Almost Equal To] we encounter a number of people who, seemingly invaded by numbers, are colliding with the economy surrounding them. Whether the character dreams about growing her way out of the contemporary economic system or wants to crush it, they all end up investing money in postage and pine nuts, fake bubbles and perfumes, strollers and utopias. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Dan Rothenberg, Rachel Willson-Broyles, and Kate Loewald.

This event is supported by the Swedish Arts Council. In collaboration with the American Swedish Institute Minneapolis, Scott Pollock/Director of Programs

Photo by Martin Stenmark

Photo by Martin Stenmark

Jonas Hassen Khemiri, born in Sweden in 1978, is the author of four novels and six plays. His first novel, One Eye Red, received the Borås Tidning award for best literary debut. His second novel, Montecore, (published by Knopf in 2011) won several literary awards including the Swedish Radio Award for best novel of the year. His most recent novel, All I Don’t Remember, was awarded the August Prize, which is Sweden’s most important national literary award. Khemiri’s work has been translated into more than fifteen languages and his plays have been performed by over 100 international companies. In 2011 Invasion! received its US premiere in New York and Khemiri was awarded a Village Voice Obie Award for playwriting. www.khemiri.se/en/plays/≈-almost-equal-to/

Photo courtesy of AOI Agency

Photo courtesy of AOI Agency

Dan Rothenberg is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of the Pig Iron Theatre Company. Dan has directed almost all of Pig Iron’s original performance works, including Gentlemen VolunteersIsabellaPay UpTwelfth Night, and the OBIE Award-winning Hell Meets Henry Halfway and Chekhov Lizardbrain.  In 2010, Dan directed the English-language premiere of Toshiki Okada’s Enjoy for Play Company in New York, and then in 2014 followed up with the critically acclaimed production of Okada’s Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise for Play Company at JACK.  In 2015, Dan directed I Promised Myself to Live Faster for Pig Iron (Humana Festival, FringeArts) as well as Swamp is On, a concert-spectacle with the rock band Dr. Dog.  Swamp is On will tour to American Repertory Theater in 2017.  Dan teaches physical theater and devising at the Pig Iron/UArts MFA program.  Pew Fellowship (2002), USA Artist Knight Fellowship (2010).

Learn more about The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival.

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