PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018: Mihaela Drăgan – DEL DUMA/TELL THEM ABOUT ME!

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PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018: Mihaela Drăgan – DEL DUMA/TELL THEM ABOUT ME!

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Apr 16, 2018
Apr 16, 2018

Mihaela Dragan’s Del Duma. Tell them about me! at Colloquium of Ethnic Minority Theatres 2015. Photo by Andreea Campeanu 



Monday, April 16
Segal Theatre

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

Del Duma / Tell Them About Me! (Romania)
Written by Mihaela Drăgan.
Directed by George Eli. Translated by Claudia Campeanu.
Discussion moderated by Diana Benea.
Live Music by Petra Gelbart.

Real stories about how four Roma women deal with life, social pressure, early marriage and dreams of escape. A serious solo-comedy performed by the Roma author.

Photo by Nihad Nino Pusija

Mihaela Drăgan (Romania) is an actress and playwright who lives and works in Bucharest and Berlin. In 2014, she founded Giuvlipen Theatre Company together with other Roma actresses. In 2015 she appeared in the feature film Aferim directed by Radu Jude, which won the Silver Bear for directing at the Berlin International Film Festival. She is currently working in Berlin at the Maxim Gorki Theater.



Photo courtesy of the artist

George Eli is an American Rom, who grew up in a traditional Romani family in the US. As a child, he was taught that the Rom must remain separate from the outside world. However, his deep Romani traditions taught George the ancient and mystical teaching of spiritual therapy. Today, George has been practicing his spiritual services with clients all over the tri-state area for over 10 years, and has been featured on NPR and WEBE-108, sharing his teachings in spiritualism and expertise on Roma culture. He eventually set out to create an ambitious documentary entitled, Searching for the 4th Nail, which explores and questions many of the Romani traditions he grew up with and passed down to his children. The film went on to be featured at many international film festivals, and won “Best Filmmaker Award” at the Connecticut Film Festival. George also served as producer for the highly successful documentary, When The Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2006), starring Johnny Depp and directed by Jasmine Dellal.


Diana Benea is Assistant Professor in the American Studies Program at the University of Bucharest, Romania, where she teaches courses in cultural studies and contemporary drama and performance. She is currently serving as a Fulbright Scholar grantee at CUNY – The Graduate Center, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (2017-2018). Her research focuses on the theory, praxis, and pedagogy of theatre for social change, and she is currently working on a monograph on contemporary community-based theatre in the U.S.

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