PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2016

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Apr 27, 2016
Apr 29, 2016
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The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2016. As part of the 2016 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the Segal Center will showcase play readings by eight 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. All readings will be followed by discussion with the playwright.

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

Wednesday, April 27

+51 Aviación, San Borja
Written by Yudai Kamisato (Japan) & Translated by Aya Ogawa
Directed by Sarah Hughes
4:00pm | Segal Theatre

My Son Just Walks A Bit Slower
Written by Ivor Martinić (Croatia) & Translated by Tomislav Kuzmanović
Directed by Shira Milikowsky
6:00pm | Segal Theatre

Common Ground
Written by Yael Ronen (Israel)
Translated by Frank Hentschker with Lily Akerman and Antje Oegel
Directed by Charlotte Brathwaite
8:00pm | Segal Theatre

Thursday, April 28

The Reunion
Written by Trinidad González (Chile) & Translated by Alexandra Ripp
Directed by Tony Torn
4:00pm | Segal Theatre

≈ [Almost Equal To]
Written by Jonas Hassen Khemiri (Sweden) & Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles
Directed by Dan Rothenberg
6:00pm | Segal Theatre

Adapted by Tanya Ronder from Shahid Nadeem’s play (Pakistan)
Directed by Oskar Eustis
8:00pm | Segal Theatre

Friday, April 29

Fishers of Hope
Written and directed by Lara Foot (South Africa)
5:00pm | Dixon Place (161A Chrystie St. NYC. Subway: Grand Street, B/D)

Mestiza Power
Written by Conchi León (Mexico) & Translated by Virginia Grise
Directed by Debbie Saivetz
7:30pm | Dixon Place (161A Chrystie St. NYC. Subway: Grand Street, B/D)


The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2016 has been made possible by the support of Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair, The Graduate Center, CUNY, and Susan and Jack Rudin.

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker since 2007 in collaboration with PEN World Voices Festival. 2016 Festival produced by Brooke Christensen (New York) in collaboration with Frank Hentschker and Antje Oegel. Co-curated by Antje Oegel.

The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature animates New York City for a week each spring with a kaleidoscopic window into international literature and culture, inviting you to share ideas, find inspiration, and create dialogue and debate across cultural and national borders. www.penworldvoices.org

The 2016 PEN World Voices takes place from Monday, April 25 through Sunday, May 1, 2016. It will include a regional focus on Mexico and its diaspora. Founded by Michael Roberts, Esther Allen, and Salman Rushdie in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, PEN World Voices is the only international literary festival in the world with a human rights focus. It attracts the world’s best-known writers and has garnered broad global acclaim as one of the world’s premier literary events. Since its founding 12 years ago, PEN World Voices has presented more than 1,500 writers and artists from 110 countries, speaking 56 languages.

Laszlo Jakab Orsos, Director, PEN World Voices Festival, PEN America; Kim Chan, General Manager.

PEN World Voices

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