PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018 (Liwaa Yazji, Aristide Tarnagda, & Elfriede Jelinek)

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Apr 17, 2018
Apr 17, 2018
Segal Theatre
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The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2018. As part of the 2018 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, The Segal Center will showcase play readings by ten of the world’s most respected dramatists, including Edouard Elvis Bvouma (Cameroon), Mihaela Drăgan (Romania), Elfriede Jelinek (Austria), Yonatan Levy (Israel), Stefano Massini (Italy), Magali Mougel (France), Ana Luz Ormazábal (Chile), Aristide Tarnagda (Burkina Faso), Wei Yu-Chia (Taiwan), and Liwaa Yazji (Syria). With writers hailing from four different continents, the International Play Festival generates a conversation on art, politics, dreams, war, and philosophy, meant to give American audiences a rich awareness of global dialogues. Readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwright.

April 16, 17 + 21 | Segal Theatre
All Day Readings + Discussions
FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Monday, April 16

4:00pm Suzy Storck (France)
Written by Magali Mougel.
Directed by Sara Rademacher. Translated by Chris Campbell.
Discussion moderated by Nicole Birmann Bloom.

6:00pm Del Duma / Tell Them About Me! (Romania)
Written by Mihaela Drăgan.
Directed by George Eli. Translated by Claudia Campeanu.
Discussion moderated by Diana Benea.

8:00pm Intractable Woman (Italy)
Written by Stefano Massini.
Directed by Lee Sunday Evans. Translated by Paula Wing.
Discussion moderated by Kate Loewald, Valeria Orani, and Elena Kostyuchenko.

Tuesday, April 17

4:00pm Goats (Syria)
Written by Liwaa Yazji.
Directed by Zishan Ugurlu. Translated by Katharine Halls.
Discussion moderated by Saphe Shamoun.

6:00pm Ways of Loving (Burkina Faso)
Written by Aristide Tarnagda.
Directed by Kareem Fahmy. Translated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.
Discussion moderated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.

8:00pm On The Royal Road: The Burgher King (Austria)
Written by Elfriede Jelinek.
Directed by Stefan Dzeparoski. Translated by Gitta Honegger.
Discussion moderated by Luisa Muhr.

Saturday, April 21

2:00pm  A Fable For Now (Taiwan)
Written by Wei Yu-Chia.
Directed by Mei Ann Teo. Translated by Jeremy Tiang.
Discussion moderated by Melissa Wansin Wong.

4:00pm  In War as in Games (Cameroon)
Written by Edouard Elvis Bvouma.
Directed by Gisela Cardenas. Translated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.
Discussion moderated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.

6:00pm  Agnetha Kurtz Roca Method (Chile)
Written & Translated by Ana Luz Ormazábal.
Co-directed by Amelia Bande and SeungHyun Hwang.
Discussion moderated by Fabian Escalona.

8:00pm  Saddam Hussein – A Mystery Play (Israel)
Written & Co-Translated by Yonatan Levy.
Directed & Co-Translated by Amir Farjoun.

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018 has been made possible by the support of Susan and Jack Rudin(†) and Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair, The Graduate Center CUNY.

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker since 2007 in collaboration with PEN World Voices Festival. The 2018 Festival is produced by Yu Chien Liu, in collaboration with Frank Hentschker. Assistant Producer: Paloma Estévez.

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, PEN World Voices has presented more than 1,500 writers and artists from 118 countries, speaking 56 languages. The 2018 festival will run from April 16-22, 2018. www.penworldvoices.org
Chip Rolley, Director, World Voices Festival, PEN America
Kim Chan, General Manager


Tuesday, April 17 | Segal Theatre

Visit here for more information about Day 1 and Day 3.

4:00pm Goats (Syria)
Written by Liwaa Yazji.
Directed by Zishan Urgulu. Translated by Katharine Halls.

As the coffins pile up in a small town in Syria, a party leader decides to offer a goat for each martyred son. A father learns the hard way about the surreal reality of politics, war, martyrdom, and life. Presented with additional support from South-South Forum at Dartmouth College, Eman S. Morsi.

6:00pm Ways of Loving (Burkina Faso)
Written by Aristide Tarnagda.
Directed by Kareem Fahmy. Translated by Heather Jeanne Denyer.

Accused of murder, a woman dreams of the sun, the hills, and the wind while facing trial. She has no right hand with which to promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

8:00pm On The Royal Road: The Burgher King (Austria)
Written by Elfriede Jelinek.
Directed by Stefan Dzeparoski. Translated by Gitta Honegger.

A blind female seer with bleeding eyes, Miss Piggy, channels a confused Tiresias as she tries to get a handle on the bizarre behavior of Donald Trump’s persona.

About the playwrights:

Photo by Florian Riemann

Liwaa Yazji (Syria) is a playwright, poet, filmmaker, and screenwriter, educated in both English Literature and Theater Studies in Syria. Her play Goats premiered in The Royal Court, London, in 2017. Her play Q&Q was selected for the International Women Playwright Conference 2018. She is currently a co-writer on HEIM, a German TV series. Her first documentary Haunted premiered in 2014 at FID Marseilles.



Photo by Lansman EmileCie

Aristide Tarnagda (Burkina Faso) studied at Jean-Pierre Guingané’s Théâtre de la Fraternité. In 2013, he directed his own play And if I was going to kill them all Ma’am? on a mainstage at the Avignon Theatre Festival, while another of his plays, Red Earth was included in the Off-Festival. He is the Artistic Director of the Récréâtrales Festival, one of the largest Pan-African performance festivals, based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.



Photo courtesy of the artist

Elfriede Jelinek (Austria) was born in 1946. She grew up in Vienna
and now lives in Vienna and Munich. She has received numerous
awards for her literary works, which include not only novels but also
plays, poetry, essays, translations, radio plays, screenplays, and
opera librettos. Her awards include the Georg Büchner Prize and the
Franz Kafka Prize for Literature. In 2004, she was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Literature.


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