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Feb 23, 2004
Feb 23, 2004
Segal Theater

Dislocation and Reinvention
A Series of Staged Readings

Join us for four readings exploring immigration and the experience of transition in our society.
Curated by Marcy Arlin from the Immigrant Theatre Project and Ian Morgan from The New Group.
Each reading will be followed by a discussion with the playwright and director.

The New Group, founded by artistic director Scott Elliott, produces challenging new plays and revivals. The 2002-2003 season included a hit revival of Trevor Griffith’s Comedians, the musical Avenue Q (now on Broadway), and The Women of Lockerbie with Judith Ivey and Larry Pine. The current season begins with Wallace Shawn’s Aunt Dan & Lemon, starring Lili Taylor and Kristen Johnston, and features the premieres of Palestinian American playwright Betty Shamieh’s play, Roar, and The Mentalists by Richard Bean. Since 1995, The New Group has been honored 4 OBIE awards, 8 Drama Desk nominations, and three Lucille Lortel awards, among others.

Immigrants Theatre Project, winner 2003 Obie for Small Innovative Theatres, presents traditional and experimental plays by and about immigrants to the United States, and has worked with professional immigrant and native-born theatre artists from over 70 countries and ethnic groups. ITP’s newest project is Journey Theatre, a work with refugees who are victims of war and torture. Since 1992, ITP has presented 5 New Immigrant Theatre Festivals and premiered over 80 new plays. Artistic director Marcy Arlin is also a lecturer in Theatre and Communications at CUNY.

Part I
First Language

In a small town in Iran, a young woman must decide between her lover and a new life in the new world. Years later, her Americanized son starts a relationship with another man who has just fled from persecution in Iran. The play tracks the costs of transition, or translation, between languages, cultures, and generations.

Novid Parsi

Novid Parsi, playwright and author of criticism and short stories; his plays have been produced and given staged readings by Channel Theatre Company, Immigrants’ Theatre Project, Packhorse Productions, Paines Plough, and Young Vic, among others; he is the son of Iranian immigrants.

Directed by Victor Maog, who has worked at Second Stage, Hartford Stage, Lark Theatre Company, and Immigrants’ Theatre Project; has directed/taught at NYU, UPenn, and Fordham; co-creator of Journey Theatre for Immigrants’ Theatre Project and Safe Horizon/Solace, an eight month-long ensemble creation with political asylees and victims of war trauma and torture; member of the LCT Directors Lab, NYU/Tisch First Look Theatre Company, and SSDC.

Co-sponsored byThe New Group and the Immigrant’s Theatre Project

Monday, February 23
7:00 p.m., Martin E. Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center

Reservation Code: 4064

For more information or to register contact Continuing Education & Public Programs, The Graduate Center, CUNY at 212 817-8215 or continuinged@gc.cuny.edu or check http://web.gc.cuny.edu/cepp