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Paris-New York Theatre Dialogue: ACT FRENCH (PAJ) and UBU

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Nov 1, 2007
Nov 1, 2007
Segal Theater

Join us for a transatlantic theatre dialogue between the editors Chantal Boiron (Paris) and Philippa Wehle (New York). Both published recently about each other’s theatre scene. The evening will focus on Paris and New York as two similar, but vastly different theatre capitals. With the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York City and Etant donnés.

The New York edition of UBU – European Stages, devoted to New York theatre, is primarily focused on artists who live and work in New York City. Artists like Richard Maxwell, Caden Manson or the choreographer Deborah Day and Richard Foreman are features by Chantal Boiron. She also writes, “ In order to situate their artistic approaches within the context of the theatre in their country, we have addressed the systems of financing and production which, as we know, are very different in the United States and Europe.”

Act French: Contemporary Plays from France, edited by Philippa Wehle and published by PAJ Pubilications. This volume offers a portrait of the new French drama, characterized by plays rooted in the play of language rather than in action. Drawn from the recent Act French Festival in New York, they explore a new poetics of drama in works from Michel Vinaver, Michèle Sigal, Olivier Cadiot, Valere Novarina, Philippe Minyana, Emmanuelle Marie and José Pliya.

Chantal Boiron, journalist, theatre critic, editor in chief of UBU – European Stages, a European theatre review, which she has founded in 1996. UBU deals with all the aspects of theatre: writing, dramaturgy, set design, stage directing, drama, organization and techniques. Current theatrical events are present in each issue, with the publication of extracts from a contemporary play in the original language, with a French translation.

Philippa Wehle, editor, is Professor Emeritus of French Language and Culture and Drama Studies at Purchase College, State University of New York. She writes widely on contemporary theatre and has translated numerous contemporary French plays, as well as editing I(a PAJ Publications title). She is a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

6:30 p.m., Thursday, November 1, 2007, Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!

UBU-Cover Cover Image:
UBU – European Stages
Special New York Stages Issue – April 2007
Courtesy of UBU-European Theater Review
Cover image:
ACT French:
Contemporary Plays from France
Fall 2007
Courtesy of PAJ Publications