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An Evening with Italian Playwright Dacia Maraini

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May 3, 2006
May 3, 2006
Segal Theater
Dacia Maraini Photo © Giuseppe Moretti Courtesy of Dacia Maraini

Dacia Maraini
Photo © Giuseppe Moretti
Courtesy of Dacia Maraini

Join us for readings from Mary Stuart, Dialogue of a Prostitute and her Client, and other plays by Dacia Maraini. Plus a short visual presentation and a panel discussion with experts on her work, including Judith Malina and Hanon Reznikov, co-directors of The Living Theatre.

Dacia Maraini, is a prolific writer and prominent feminist who has written novels, poetry, plays, screenplays, investigative studies, essays, and political and social commentary. She co-founded the Teatro del Porcospino in the 1960s and, in 1973, established the well-known feminist experimental theatre, Teatro La Maddalena, in Rome. Her plays are widely produced and include Mary Stuart, The Dreams of Clytemnestra, Dialogue between a Prostitute and her Client, Stravaganza, and Marianna Ucria. Several films have been made based on her books, and she has written screenplays for such directors as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Marco Ferreri, Carlo Di Palma, and Margarethe Von Trotta.

The Living Theatre, a unique avant-garde enterprise deeply committed to theatre as a medium for social change, was founded in New York City in 1947 by Judith Malina and Julian Beck. The company has staged more than 80 productions in eight languages in 25 countries on four continents—in traditional as well as non-traditional venues such as prisons, steel mills, slums, and schools. Since the death of Julian Beck in 1985, Judith Malina and company veteran Hanon Reznikov have been co-directors of the company.

Jane House, actress, translator, and director, founded Jane House Productions in 2000 to make available to American audiences the rich array of Italian drama, through premier dramatic readings. Presentations have included works by Eduardo De Filippo, Natalia Ginzburg, Luigi Pirandello, Manlio Santanelli, and Raffaele Viviani. Jane House earned her Ph.D. in Theatre from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Produced by Jane House Productions; co-sponsored by Istituto Italiano di Cultura, New York Doctoral Specialization in Italian, Ph.D. Program in Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center; and The Living Theatre.

6:30 p.m., Wed., May 3, 2006, Martin E. Segal Theatre