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PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2015: Roland Schimmelpfennig – Ant Street

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May 5, 2015
May 5, 2015
Segal Theatre

Photo by Gaia Squarci

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2015. As part of the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the Segal Center will showcase play readings by nine of the world’s most respected dramatists Afghanistan, Argentina, Cuba, France, Germany, Indonesia, Kenya, and Uganda.

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 a discussion with the playwright.

Tuesday, May 5

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


Ant Street
Written by Roland Schimmelpfennig (Germany) & Translated by David Tushingham (UK)
Directed by Devon DeMayo
7:30pm | Segal Theatre

A family has waited 42 years for the package from abroad when it finally arrives. Its contents are disappointing: a cheap ballpoint pen, a ten year old pocket calendar, a blonde wig, tiny packets of detergent, a spoon, and an empty mustard jar wrapped in an old newspaper in a language that nobody understands. No letter, no explanation. But when they discover a message hidden in the in the newspaper, everything changes. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Roland Schimmelpfennig and Frank Hentschker.



RolandRoland Schimmelpfennig is one of the most produced European playwrights. His plays have been translated into over twenty languages. He made his US debut in 2007 with a production of his play Arabian Nights, produced by NYC’s Play Company. In 2010, Schimmelpfennig was awarded the Mühlheimer Dramatists Award for his play, The Golden Dragon. The play premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna last season and has since received more than twenty productions worldwide. He just finished a commission for the Tokyo National Theater and the Burgtheater in Vienna. Schimmelpfennig is the recipient of the highest playwriting award in Germany, the Else-Lasker-Schüler-Prize, to honor his entire oeuvre.


The 11th Annual PEN World Voices of International Literature, “On Africa,” New York City, May 4-10, 2015. More than 100 Writers from 30 countries celebrate the transformative power of the written word. This year’s program, co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, takes you beyond the news by providing a rare chance to hear voices and perspectives from contemporary Africa and its diaspora. www.penworldvoices.org


The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker in 2005.
2015 Festival produced by Christine Scarfuto (New York) in collaboration with Frank Hentschker.


*If you are interested in helping with PEN World Voices, please contact Yu Chien Liu at yliu6@gc.cuny.edu.