PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2014

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Apr 28, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
Segal Theatre
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FREE + Open to public. First come, first serve.

As part of the 2014 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, The Segal Center will showcase play readings by nine of the world’s most respected dramatists.  With each writer hailing from a different world region as classified by the United Nations, the International Play Festival generates a conversation on art, politics, dreams, war and philosophy, meant to give American audiences a rich awareness of the greater global dialogue.  *Selected readings will be followed by discussion with the playwright.  The festival runs April 28th- April 30th.  All events are FREE and open to the public. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.

Monday, April 28

2:00 pm  Tsunami
Written by Jalila Baccar (TUNISIA) |  Directed by Saheem Ali |  Translated by Marvin Carlson

Baccar-150x150[1]Playwright Jalila Baccar chronicles the events that shook Tunisia in the murky hours after the Jasmine Revolution—the event that triggered the Arab Spring.  Tsunami is a trilogy devoted to the contemporary history of Tunisia, a cycle dominated by the question of memory: “A country without memory is a country which never knows where it is going.”

The reading will be followed by a conversation with the director and Frank Hetschker (Executive Director of The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center The Graduate Center, CUNY), moderated by Marvin Carlson, (Professor of Theater, Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY).


5:00 pm  Endless Vigils at Crête-à-Pierrot
Written by Dominique Batraville (HAITI) |  Directed by Awoye Timpo |  Translated by Peter Consenstein

 BatravilleThe dead and the living, who “walk on the bones of the dead,” are united by a wish to bring their dying nation together once again by physically and metaphysically reviving Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the first leader of the revolution for an independent Haiti.

The reading will be accompanied by a reading of Batraville’s poem “La Danse Des Pieds,” with English translation by Alessandra Benedicty and two short films. Élégie de Port-au-Prince by Aïda Maigre-Touchet, featuring Dominique Batraville, is a post-earthquake elegy to the Haitian capital. La Danse Des Pieds, also starring Batraville, is directed by Kendy Vérilus.

The reading will be followed by a conversation with the playwright and the director, moderated by Thomas C. Spear (Professor of French, Lehman College and The Graduate Center, CUNY).

7:30 pm Villa + Discurso
Written and Directed by Guillermo Calderón (CHILE) |  Translated by William Gregory

Guillermo Calderón Photo courtesy of artistIn Villa, three women gather around an architectural model of the Villa Grimaldi, a site where thousands were tortured and hundreds were “disappeared,” to debate the ideal adaptation of these blood-soaked facilities and grapple with a nation’s unwanted legacy. 

The reading will be followed by a conversation with the playwright, moderated by Jean Graham-Jones (Professor of Latin American Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY).


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