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PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018 (Wei Yu-Chia, Edouard Elvis Bvouma, Ana Luz Ormazábal, & Yonatan Levy)

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Apr 21, 2018
Apr 21, 2018
Segal Theatre


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 with 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


Saturday, April 21 | Segal Theatre

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

Tales of war, the environment, and personal regret collide as mankind hurtles towards a surreal apocalypse in the company of a belligerent duck, bears of at least three different varieties, and a truly extraordinary chicken.

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

After learning that the war is over, a lonely child soldier with a Kalashnikov tells a young girl the story of his life. For him, it is nothing more than a video game with animated characters.

6:00pm Agnetha Kurtz Roca Method (Chile)
Written & Translated by Ana Luz Ormazábal.
Directed by Amelia Bande.

A fictional Chilean philosopher and performance artist returns to her country after 30 years of self-exile. A conference play about language, identity, community, and immigration–both from and to Chile.

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

On the brink of military defeat, Saddam and his doppelgangers retreat to the bunker—and embark upon a spiritual quest. Blending politics, metaphysics, poetry and nonsense, the play follows the tyrant’s initiation into the esoteric secret of oil.


About the playwrights:

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Wei Yu-Chia (Taiwan) studied playwriting at the Taiwan University’s Drama Department. She won the 2014 Taiwanese Literature Award for Playwriting with A Fable for Now. Other plays include Mama/Popstar (nominated for the 2015 Taipei Literature Award for Playwriting) and A Child from Nankoku (nominated for the 2017 New Taipei Award for Playwriting).



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Edouard Elvis Bvouma (Cameroon) is a playwright, actor, director,
novelist, and short story writer from Cameroon. His plays have been
staged throughout Africa and Europe, including the mainstage of
Avignon’s Theatre Festival. Bvouma has received multiple awards, including the Grands Prix Afrique du Théâtre Francophone. His plays are published by Lansman Editeurs.



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Ana Luz Ormazábal (Chile) is the award-winning artistic director of the ANTIMÉTODO Collective. Integrating practices of creation and research, she has developed work for the collective as a writer, dramaturg, and director. Ana teaches at Universidad Católica’s Theatre Department and is scheduled to begin work on her AL PACINO project at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center.



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Yonatan Levy (Israel) is a playwright, poet, Waldorf educator, and
director. His work Saddam Hussein – A Mystery Play was featured in
the Theater der Welt Festival and the Schaubühne Berlin. His new opera, The Sleeping Thousand (Music by Adam Maor), will premiere at the Luxembourg Grand Theatre in 2019. Levy also co-founded the Shakked Waldorf High School and the Sheik Abreik Festival for Civilian Culture, both in Kiryat Tivon, Israel.