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Languages at Play in the Theatre – The Tropic of X

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Start:
Dec 4, 2006
End:
Dec 4, 2006
Cost:
Free
Venue:
Segal Theater
Caridad Svich Photo Courtesy of Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich
Photo Courtesy of Caridad Svich

Reading + Dialogue with Caridad Svich and Marvin Carlson

The evening will explore the political, social, and historical implications of staged language. Reading of excerpts from Caridad Svich’s The Tropic of X will be followed by a dialogue between Marvin Carlson and Caridad Svich examining how language has been employed in the theatre. The use of multiple languages in contemporary theatre is in part a reflection of a globalized culture, but it also calls attention to how the mixing of language has always been an important part of the functioning of theatre. Reading directed by Daniel Banks.

Caridad Svich, a Cuban-American playwright, is the founder of theatre alliance NoPe-NoPassport. Svich is also the recipient of a Harvard University Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Bunting fellowship, a TCG/Pew National Theatre Artist Grant, and has been twice short-listed for the PEN USA-West Award in Drama. Her play with songs, Thrush, premieres at Salvage Vanguard Theatre in Austin this season, and her U.S. adapatation of the contemporary Serbian drama Huddersfield, by Ugljesa Sajtinac, premiered in Chicago this summer as a TUTA production at Victory Gardens Theatre. She is resident playwright of New Dramatists, serves on the editorial board of Contemporary Theatre Review (Routledge/UK), and is a contributing editor of TheatreForum. Svich holds an MFA from UCSD. She has been selected for inclusion in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latino History. www.caridadsvich.com.

Marvin Carlson Photo Courtesy of Marvin Carlson

Marvin Carlson
Photo Courtesy of Marvin Carlson

Marvin A. Carlson received a Ph.D. in Drama and Theatre from Cornell University. He is the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature, The City University of New York. His research and teaching interests include dramatic theory, and Western European theatre history and dramatic literature, especially of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. His latest book Speaking in Tongues–Languages at Play in the Theatre explores the political, social, and historical implications of staged language.

6:30 p.m., Monday, December 4, 2006, Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free.