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An Evening with Belgian Playwright Kamiel Vanhole

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Apr 3, 2006
Apr 3, 2006
Segal Theater
Kamiel Vanhole Courtesy of Kamiel Vanhole

Kamiel Vanhole
Courtesy of Kamiel Vanhole

Kamiel Vanhole was born in 1954 and spent his childhood in a small village near Brussels. He has a degree in Germanic philology, worked in the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, and began working in an animation studio as a script writer. In 1990 he published A Demon in Brussels, a collection of travel stories. In 1992, the Speeltheater in Ghent commissioned him to write his children’s play, Laura’s Landscape (1992), which was successfully staged in Belgium, the Netherlands, Frankfurt, Montreal, and Athens.

In 2000 Vanhole initiated Bloom in Brussels, a project bringin together 24 French- and Dutch-speaking Belgians to create a peregrination throughout the city, from the slaughterhouse in the west to the European Parliament in the east. The Book—a polyphonic novel—was simultaneously published in France and Holland. In 1997, The Region of the Heart premiered in a coal mine. Other plays include Reeuw, The Night of Margaretha, Offspring, and the trilogy Barbaroi.

Peter Anthonissen (1969) has been a theatre critic for the Belgian/Flemish newspaper De Morgen. Currently, he works as a dramaturg for the Dutch Theater Artemis, which commissioned Kamiel Vanhole’s latest piece, De Sjeik is Rijk (The Rich Sheikh); and Fabuleus (Leuven), for the Belgian/Flemish production platform for young theatre and dance makers.

Jessa Wildemeersch, director, got her acting degree at the Studio Herman Teirlinck in Antwerp/Belgium and received her master’s degree in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York/USA, where she became a lifetime member in 2005.

With Kamiel Vanhole, Jessa Wildemeersch, Peter Anthonissen, artistic director of the Ohio Theatre Robert Lyons, Professor Lenora Champagne of SUNY Purchase and actors from the Ohio Theatre.
Co-sponsored by The Ohio Theatre.

6:30 p.m., Monday, April 3, 2006, Martin E. Segal Theatre