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Sep 25, 2006
Sep 25, 2006
Segal Theater

SIMONA SEMENIČ (PreGlej) and IVAN TALIJANCIC (WaxFactory) joined forces to organize the first-ever playwright exchange between Slovenia and the U.S. The evening will start with a short introduction to the contemporary Slovenian theatre scene, followed by readings from Shelter by Saška Rakef, Balance by Zalka Grabnar Kogoj, and 24 Hours by Simona Semenič in English and Slovenian. A roundtable discussion on theatrical texts in translation will follow. The New York Theatre Workshop will present complete readings of all three Slovenian plays in translation on October 1-4. Part of the European Dream Festival.

SAŠKA RAKEF (playwright, Shelter) has worked internationally as a performer and playwright, collaborating with such groups as DAH Theater Research Center in Serbia, AzTheatre in London, and ECS Theaterlaboratory in Finland. She is a student in Theater Studies and Creative Writing at Metropolitan University in London.

ZALKA GRABNAR KOGOJ (playwright, Balance) has worked in a wide range of professions in the performing arts, including puppeteer and singer. Her poems and short stories have been published in Slovenia, and she has had two of her plays presented as part of PreGlej’s staged readings program.

SIMONA SEMENIČ (playwright, 24 Hours; co-director of the exchange program) studied at Ljubljana’s Academy for Theater, Radio, Film, and Television. She founded the PreGlej Theater Development Program in Ljubljana and works internationally as a playwright, director, producer, and dramaturg. Her project with WaxFactory, …She Said, has traveled to numerous festivals in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America.

IVAN TALIJANCIC (co-director of the exchange program) is the artistic co-director of WaxFactory, along with Erika Latta. His most recent project for the company is 39 Frames, a 14-day-long site-specific simulated-reality event staged citywide in Salzburg, Austria for the SommerSzene Festival. Ivan was commissioned by Too Far, a San Francisco arts incubator, to develop Wild Animus, a performance art project, currently touring North America, Europe, & Australia.

6:30 p.m., Monday, September 25, 2006, Segal Theatre. Free.
Reservation required. Remaining seats: First come, first served.
Call 1.212.817.8215 or continuinged@gc.cuny.edu. Reservation Code: 7157.

The Company of WAXFACTORY
Photo © Tasja Keetman