PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018: Liwaa Yazji – GOATS

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Apr 17, 2018
Apr 17, 2018



Tuesday, April 17
Segal Theatre

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

Goats (Syria)
Written by  Liwaa Yazji.
Directed by Zishan Ugurlu. Translated by Katharine Halls.
Discussion moderated by Saphe Shamoun.

As the coffins pile up in a small town in Syria, a party leader decides to offer a goat for each martyred son. A father learns the hard way about the surreal reality of politics, war, martyrdom, and life.


Photo by Florian Riemann

Liwaa Yazji (Syria) is a playwright, poet, filmmaker, and screenwriter, educated in both English Literature and Theater Studies in Syria. Her play Goats premiered in The Royal Court, London, in 2017. Her play Q&Q was selected for the International Women Playwright Conference 2018. She is currently a co-writer on HEIM, a German TV series. Her first documentary Haunted premiered in 2014 at FID Marseilles.


Photo courtesy of the artist

Zishan (Zisan) Ugurlu has worked extensively both in New York and abroad as a theater artist since 1995. She is an actress and director-in-residence at La MaMa and Great Jones Repertory Company. She has performed in numerous productions with Great Jones Repertory Company, including Panorama directed by Italian company Motus as part of The Under The Radar Festival 2018. Panorama will be presented in Italy, Belgium, Spain, and South Korea. She is currently working on two directing projects: Music Room is about the prison system and will be performed by formerly incarcerated individuals and Fragments, Lists, and Lacuna written by Alexandra Chasin, featuring Judith Butler. She is a scientist/artist fellow at Ligo Project working with Dan McCloskey Lab. She is the founding artistic director of “Actors without Borders-ITONY.” She graduated from Columbia University with a MFA degree and holds a Ph.D. She is an Associate Professor at Lang College, The New School University. She is the recipient of the prestigious Fox Foundation Fellowship granted by Theater Communications Group.


Katharine Halls is a freelance Arabic-to-English translator who specialises in theatre and film. She studied Hebrew and Arabic at the University of Oxford and holds MAs in translation and Middle East studies. Her translation, with Adam Talib, of Raja Alem’s novel The Dove’s Necklace, received the 2017 Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding and was shortlisted for the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize.


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