PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2016: Tanya Ronder & Shahid Nadeem – Dara

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Apr 28, 2016
Apr 28, 2016
Segal Theatre
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Ajoka's production of Dara. People celebrating Dara's martyrdom.

Ajoka’s production of Dara. People celebrating Dara’s martyrdom.

Thursday, April 28
8:00pm | Segal Theatre

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

Adapted by Tanya Ronder from Shahid Nadeem‘s play (Pakistan)
Directed by Oskar Eustis

Set in 1659 in the imperial court of Mughal, India, Dara explores the blood war of succession between brothers, the heirs to the Muslim Empire and the Taj Mahal, and their struggle between religious absolutism and liberalism. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Shahid Nadeem, Oskar Eustis, and Marvin Carlson.

Special thanks to Rose Cobbe, United Agents LLP, London.

Photo courtesy of the Artist

Photo courtesy of the Artist

Tanya Ronder has written theatre adaptations for the Young Vic, the Almeida, the RSC, and the National Theatre in London. Her first original play, Table, was the inaugural production of the NT’s newest theatre, the Shed. Her second played at the Bush. She is now adapting for screen, and is under commission by the BBC for an original TV series.



Photo courtesy of the Artist

Photo courtesy of the Artist

Shahid Nadeem, acclaimed Pakistani playwright, is wellknown for his commitment to human rights, peace and social justice. He was imprisoned by various military regimes in Pakistan, adopted by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience and was exiled from Pakistan. Since his return in 1988, he has served as Executive Director of Ajoka Theatre. Nadeem was a Getty Research Institute/International PEN Fellow in 2001 and National Endowment for Democracy’s Democracy Fellow in 2013-14. He was given the President of Pakistan’s Pride of Performance award in 2009.  A collection of his plays was published by the Oxford University Press Pakistan. His plays have been staged worldwide, including in New York, California, and Washington, DC.

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Oskar Eustis has served as the Artistic Director of The Public Theater since 2005. Throughout his career, Eustis has been dedicated to the development of new plays as a director, dramaturg, and producer. At The Public, Eustis directed the New York premieres of Rinne Groff’s Compulsion and The Ruby Sunrise, and Larry Wright’s The Human Scale. At Trinity Rep, he directed the world premiere of Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home and Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, both recipients of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production. While at the Eureka Theatre, he commissioned Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, and directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. Eustis has also directed the world premieres of plays by Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, Emily Mann, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ellen McLaughlin, and Eduardo Machado, among many others. Eustis is currently a Professor of Dramatic Writing and Arts and Public Policy at New York University, and has held professorships at UCLA, Middlebury College, and Brown University, where he founded and chaired the Trinity Rep/Brown University Consortium for professional theater training.

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