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Apr 12, 2004
Apr 12, 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 III
Low Lives

New York in the 1850s featuring Irish and Chinese working girls, a madam, a smuggler and a gangster at the infamous suicide saloon, where the poor come to kill themselves while the rich pay to watch.

Michael Angel Johnson, playwright whose plays have been produced throughout the country; her play The Price Of Solitude was a finalist in the 1998 National Ten-Minute Play Contest at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Associate Professor at New York University and a MacDowell Fellow.

Directed by Suzanne Bennett, Director of Special Projects for Women’s Project and Productions where she heads up the Directors Forum; directed and developed new work for theatres in San Francisco, where she was Artistic Director of the Eureka Theatre, and in New York.

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

Monday, April 12
7:00 p.m., Martin E. Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center

Reservation Code: 4176

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