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May 11, 2006
May 11, 2006
Segal Theater

Curated by Carol Martin, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

This series of evenings features leading artists working in the form best known in the US as documentary theatre. Currently, there is worldwide participation in this form of theatre, a participation that has begun to etch a global consciousness about social justice, political and personal history, the moral authority of legal truth, and the relationship of the real to the represented.

Documentary theatre represents a struggle to shape and remember the most transitory history and the complex ways in which men and women think about the events that shape the political landscapes of their lives. This struggle over the future of the past etches the urgency of the genre. Documentary theatre is the result of acts of assemblage. History is reconstructed from the shards of the past, even the past of yesterday. Interviews, documents, print, video, simulation of specific personages, and virtual media are manipulated to form events into stories told with various types of theatrical reason. As reconstructions, documentary theatre contains enough bits and pieces of information to create accounts of what happened.

Collectively, the work of global documentary theatre practitioners proposes that theatre is able to influence public consciousness about our present in order to consciously create our future.

Dr. Carol Martin is an associate professor of drama at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University who writes on contemporary American and Japanese performance, and globalization. Her guest edited issue of TDR will appear in the summer of 2006.

Marc Wolf Courtesy of Marc Wolf

Marc Wolf
Courtesy of Marc Wolf

An Evening with Marc Wolf, USA

Marc Wolf is the award-winning author and performer of Another American: Asking and Telling, a documentary play about gays and the military. Wolf’s most recent documentary work is The Road Home: Re-Membering America, the story of his long drive across the country immediately after September 11 and the people he interviewed along the way. In this work, Wolf insightfully portrays the fears and hopes of 20 different characters during one of the greatest crises in American history, documenting a critical moment of changing American social and political consciousness. Patriotism, foreigners, New York City, the government, as well as the characters themselves, become his subjects. With these stories, Wolf weaves the many threads that delicately held our nation together during this fragile time.

Marc Wolf recently performed the world-premiere of The Road Home: Re- Membering America at Geva Theatre and Huntington Theatre, directed by David Schweizer. He received an OBIE and was nominated for the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his Off-Broadway performance of Another American: Asking and Telling at The New Group, directed by Joe Mantello. He also performed Another American at Mark Taper Forum (Garland Award), Seattle Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Trinity Repertory Theatre, The Studio Theatre Washington D.C. (Helen Hayes Award, GLAAD Award), Baltimore Center Stage, About Face Theatre (Jeff Nomination), New Conservatory Theatre (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), Boston Theatre Works, New York Stage & Film, Provincetown Repertory Theatre, Dixon Place, Mabou Mines, and at various colleges and high schools. Mr. Wolf recently played the role of Daniel Rivnine in the East-coast premiere of Itamar Moses’s Outrage at the Wilma Theatre. The Road Home: Re-Membering America was commissioned by McCarter Theatre and developed with an NEA/TCG grant. Another American: Asking and Telling is published in Political Stages: Plays that Shaped a Century (Applause Books.) Mr. Wolf is a graduate of Williams College.

6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 11, 2006, Martin E. Segal Theatre

Res. Code 6786. Free