PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018: Aristide Tarnagda – WAYS OF LOVING

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PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018: Aristide Tarnagda – WAYS OF LOVING

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Apr 17, 2018
Apr 17, 2018



Tuesday, April 17
Segal Theatre

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

6:00pm Ways of Loving (Burkina Faso)
Written by Aristide Tarnagda.
Directed by Kareem Fahmy. Translated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.
Discussion moderated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.

Accused of murder, a woman dreams of the sun, the hills, and the wind while facing trial. She has no right hand with which to promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.


Photo by Lansman EmileCie

Aristide Tarnagda (Burkina Faso) studied at Jean-Pierre Guingané’s Théâtre de la Fraternité. In 2013, he directed his own play And if I was going to kill them all Ma’am? on a mainstage at the Avignon Theatre Festival, while another of his plays, Red Earth was included in the Off-Festival. He is the Artistic Director of the Récréâtrales Festival, one of the largest Pan-African performance festivals, based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.



Photo courtesy of the artist

Kareem Fahmy is a Canadian-born director and playwright of Egyptian descent. He is a 2017-2018 National Directors Fellow (The O’Neill/NNPN). He has directed and co-conceived a number of world premiere productions including Sevan K. Greene’s This Time (Rising Circle, New York Times Critics’ Pick), James Scruggs’s 3/Fifths (3LD, New York Times 5 Must-See Shows), and Nikkole Salter’s Indian Head (Luna Stage). Other work: Rohina Malik’s The Mecca Tales (NY & NJ premieres), Adam Kraar’s Alternating Currents (world premiere). Kareem has developed plays with New York Theatre Workshop (where he is a Usual Suspect), MCC, Second Stage, Soho Rep, New Dramatists, The Lark, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Sundance, The Civilians, Noor Theatre, Silk Road Rising, and Berkeley Rep. He is a founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for organizations and artists engaging with Middle Eastern stories. He is currently adapting the beloved Egyptian novel The Yacoubian Building for the stage. MFA: Columbia University. www.KareemFahmy.com


Heather Jeanne Denyer is a PhD Candidate in Theatre, here at the Graduate Center. Her dissertation examines gender and sexuality in contemporary theatre in Benin, Togo, and Burkina Faso. She has also written about and presented on West African puppetry. Heather served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon from 2003-2005, and has studied in France and Germany. She has translated plays from both French and German, including Hakim Bah’s Ticha-Ticha for the PEN World Voices Festival 2017. As a dramaturg, she has worked with New York-based companies including International Wow Company, Plastic Theatre Company, and East River Commedia. She has a BA in Dramatic Literature from Northwestern University and an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University. She teaches theatre history, theory, and analysis, and Africana studies.






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