Richard Foreman and Bernard Sobel

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Oct 11, 2005
Oct 11, 2005
Segal Theater
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Courtesy of Ontological-Hysteric

Courtesy of Elisabeth Carecchio

A conversation between legendary New York avant-garde director Richard Foreman (Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, New York) and director Bernard Sobel (Théâtre de Gennevilliers, Paris) based on more than twenty years of collaboration.

Richard Foreman founded the Ontological-Hysteric Theatre in 1968. In the early 1980s a branch of the theatre was established in Paris and funded by the French government. In the mid 70s, it established its first full-time home in a loft at 491 Broadway. Then in the late 1980s it worked out of a variety of venues such as The NY Shakespeare Festival, La MaMa e.t.c., Theater for the New City, and the Performing Garage. Since 1992 the theatre has been located in the historic St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, in New York City’s East Village neighborhood, and serves as a home to Foreman’s annual productions as well as other local and international artists.

Bernard Sobel has been the Artistic Director of the Théâtre de Gennevilliers since 1963 and editor of Théâtre/Public. A Centre Dramatique National since 1982, it seeks to reinvent the relationship between theatre and the local communities in order to break social barriers. Sobel, who worked six years at the Berliner Ensemble, has directed over eighty productions, including two plays by Richard Foreman: Pearls to the Pigs (1997) and Bad Boy Nietzsche (2000). He also produced three plays by Foreman for Festival d’Automne in 81, 82, and 83.

5:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 11, 2005, Martin E. Segal Theatre

Res. Code 6427. Free

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