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Legacy of the Holocaust: Intimate Relations (Berlin/NY)

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Apr 1, 2010
Apr 1, 2010
Segal Theater

Directors Andreas Robertz and Mario Golden of OneHeart Productions lead the Intimate Relations project, unearthing silenced memories about the Holocaust using theater techniques. Two ensembles with non-Jewish German and Jewish-American actresses, each third-generation relatives of victims and perpetrators, worked with the two directors, playwrights and a choreographer to explore autobiographical material in 2008 and 2009. This process yielded two plays, excerpts of which will be read as part of this presentation: Luna’s Bracelet (developed in Berlin) and Searching for a New Sun (developed in New York). Each presentation will be followed by a discussion.

Andreas Robertz Photo courtesy artist

Andreas Robertz
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Andreas Robertz is an established German theater director who has directed and produced more than 40 shows. Robertz developed his expertise while working as Artistic Director of the Children’s and Youth Theater of the City Theater of Münster. He later served as Artistic Advisor for the City of Cologne Arts Council and as Resident Director at the Artheater Cologne. There he produced and directed a number of contemporary American, Canadian, and English plays to critical acclaim. Robertz currently works in Germany and New York City, where he has worked with the Immigrants Theatre Project and the Jewish Theatre. He is a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab 2008 and Artistic Director of OneHeart Productions.

Mario Golden Photo courtesy artist

Mario Golden
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Mario Golden is a Mexican-American playwright, actor, producer, and director, founding co-director of the non-for-profit theater company OneHeart Productions, and member of the Dramatists Guild, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater Professional Playwrights Unit, the Village Playwrights, Around the Block, the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors, and the Queer Latino Artists Collective. He earned very positive reviews and audience acclaim (both as playwright and actor) for his play The Love of Brothers, which had a full run at Theater for the New City in 2009. His play One Less Queen was published in Positive/Negative: Women of Color and HIV. Mario directed American Highlights and a fully staged reading of Misery in Germany. He has also produced and directed a number of theater projects in New York, San Francisco, and Mexico. As an actor, Mario was last seen onstage in The Love of Brothers and The Rooster Never Crows. His film work includes Del Otro Lado (which he co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred in), and the award winning films Falling and The Mule. Mario holds a B.A and M.A. from Stanford University. In addition to being an artist, he is a spiritual guide who supports the conscious transformation of individuals and communities. www.goldenuniverse.info

Robin Rice Lichtig Photo courtesy artist

Robin Rice Lichtig
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Playwright Robin Rice Lichtig (Searching For a New Sun) is the author of over 40 plays, seen from Florida to Alaska, Amsterdam to South Africa to Mongolia. The Power of Birds premiered in New York in February, 2010. Play Nice! will premiere in Washington, D.C., in September. Suki Livingston Opens Like a Parachute is in development. Other full-length plays: Lola and the Planet of Glorious Diversity, Embracing the Undertoad, Frontier, Music of the Spheres, Humans Remain, Women w/o Walls, Necessary Geography, and Searching for a New Sun. Publishers: French, Dramatic, Smith + Kraus, Brooklyn, JAC. Honors include: Mazumdar, Goshen Peace Play, Shiner, Karamu, Perishable, Drury, Kernodle, New Millennium. Finalist: O’Neill, Smith Prize, Reverie, Chambers, Phoenix. Residencies: Lark, Cleveland Public, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, Phoenix, Sarah Lawrence. Producers include: in New York – New Georges, 3Graces, Six Figures, Emerging Artists, HERE, Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, TADA!, OneHeart, Manhattan Theatre Source. Others – State Theatre of Mongolia, Finborough (London), NJ Rep., Teatro del Pueblo (Minneapolis), MadLab (Columbus), Bailiwick (Chicago), Bloomington Playwrights (IN), BareBones (NC), Mile Square (NJ), Alleyway (Buffalo), Stockyards (Chicago), Two Trees (Vancouver), Mae West Fest (Seattle), Texas A&M (at Kennedy Center), Inspirato (Toronto), various fringe festivals. Member: League of Professional Theatre Women, Dramatists Guild, Manhattan Oracles, ICWP, LMDA. For upcoming gigs and synopses of available scripts: www.dramamama.net.

]Beate Haeckl Photo courtesyartist

Beate Haeckl
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Playwright Beate Haeckl (Luna’s Bracelet) was born in Lindau/Bodensee and spent her childhood and youth in Madrid and Paris, earning a baccalauréat in France and a degree in French and English philology at the University of Heidelberg. She has served as Assistant lecturer for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at Goldsmiths’ College, London and received her ‘Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Studies’ in Cardiff, Wales. Ms. Haeckl was a founding member of Triangle Theatre, a trilingual theatre group. She has been based in Berlin since 1984. Parallel to teaching (French and English), she has worked as a director, assistant director, dramaturge and actress for various theatre groups, as well as radio and television work. She is the author of two musicals in German and English myrasputin.com, produced at the German Musical Congress in Hamburg in 2001, and Tania la Guerrillera. Her 2007 comedy for young people, Gods like You and Me, was staged in Berlin and various other places in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In 2007 she received Second Prize in the international libretto competition by Netzzeit Wien, Luzerner Theater, Opera Genesis London. She penned a German and English libretto based on 2 short stories by Haruki Murakami: “The Bakery Attack” and “The Second Bakery Attack.” She has been writing for the Intimate Relations project since 2008.

Rehearsal in Berlin Photo courtesy of O.H.P. Ensemble

Rehearsal in Berlin
Photo courtesy of O.H.P. Ensemble

OneHeart Productions (OneHeart) is an innovative nonprofit arts company founded in 1999 by a team of artists committed to creating theatre that is raw, alive and vibrant. The mission of the company is to create work that frees the spirit by exposing the totality of the human condition. OneHeart produces plays and educational workshops that seek to inspire, challenge, and enlighten. One of the company’s most important projects is called Intimate Relations. This is the first project of OneHeart’s exciting Revelation Theater Program. Intimate Relations looks closely at the impact of the Holocaust in the present-day lives of non-Jewish German women (Intimate Relations Berlin) and American Jewish women (Intimate Relations New York) who are descendants of relatives that lived during the time of the Third Reich. The Revelation Theater Program uses theater performances to support healing and reconciliation efforts between populations historically in conflict.

Special Acknowledgements for this Program Include: Stefanie Wenner, dramaturge from HAU Berlin; Günther Grosser, English Theater Berlin; Prof. Martin Wiebel, Kulturraum Zwinglikirche e.V.; Crystal Field, artistic director, Theater For the New City; Thietmar Bachmann, German Consulate New York; Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie (German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology); Horst Matrong Kulturstiftung Witten; and Dr. H.K.

4:00 p.m. Searching for a New Sun
6:30 p.m. Luna’s Bracelet

Thursday, April 1, 2010
Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!