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PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2015: Rafael Spregelburd – Spam

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May 11, 2015
May 11, 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 representing Afghanistan, Argentina, Cuba, France, Germany, Indonesia, Kenya, and Uganda.

The International Play Festival generates conversations on art, politics, dreams, war, and philosophy, and is meant to give American audiences a rich awareness of the greater global dialogue.

Monday, May 11

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


Written by Rafael Spregelburd (Argentina) & Translated by Jean Graham-Jones
Directed by Samuel Buggeln
7:30pm | Segal Theatre

A university professor specializing in dead languages refuses to advise his best student’s thesis. Instead, he replies to spam in his inbox, giving the details of his bank account to a poor Malayan girl in need of help to rescue her dead father’s fortune. What if the spam turns out to be real? A deluge of adventure, linguistics, love, and despair built by the poorly recalled fragments of a decaying society at the point of becoming entirely virtual, Spam is a brutal joke on the end of Europe. Directed by Samuel Buggeln. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Rafael Spregelburd and Jean Graham-Jones.


RafaelRafael Spregelburd, born in 1970 in Buenos Aires, is a dramatist, director, translator and one of the most important representatives of contemporary Argentine theatre. He studied art, acting, and dramaturgy at the University of Buenos Aires and with directors Ricardo Bartis and Mauricio Kartun. Rafael is one of the most prominent and influential playwrights of the post-military dictatorship generation, amassing over 50 awards for his writing in Argentina and internationally. Most recently, the 2011 Argentinean National Prize (for Stubborness), the Tirso de Molina Award in Spain (for Stupidity), the Cuban Casa de las Américas Prize (for Paranoia), the Italian Ubu Award (for Lucid, Bizarra, and Panic), among others. Currently his plays are being produced to great success in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, and France. As an adaptor and translator, his works include Harold Pinter, Steven Berkoff, Mark Ravenhill, Martin Crimp, Wallace Shawn and Sarah Kane.


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.