SEGAL TALKS: Keith Adkins (The New BlackFest) with Dennis A. Allen II, France-Luce Benson, & Lisa Strum (NYC)_Daily Live Stream on HowlRound_12:00pm NYC Time

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Apr 13, 2020
Apr 13, 2020
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Keith Adkins (The New BlackFest)
with Dennis A. Allen II, France-Luce Benson, & Lisa Strum (NYC)
Today, Monday, April 13, 2020, 12 noon EDT New York Time
Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists

New Times need new Forms of Theatre.” Bertolt Brecht

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is proud to announce the third weekly line-up of its new global series, SEGAL TALKS. New York, US, and international theatre artists, curators, researchers and academics will talk daily for one hour with Segal Center’s director, Frank Hentschker, about life and art in the Time of Corona and speak about challenges, sorrows, and hopes for the new Weltzustand— the State of the World.

The newly introduced SEGAL TALKS is in English, ad-free and will be live-streaming on howlround.tv, on the Segal Center Facebook page, as well as on the Segal Center YouTube Channel. Each session will be archived on both platforms, HowlRound and the YouTube Channel, and will raise money for a theatre artist or a company. In collaboration with HowlRound Theatre Commons, based at Emerson College.

Viewers can submit questions during the live streaming at SegalTalks@gmail.com



MONDAY, April 13, 2020
12 noon, EDT New York Time

Keith Adkins (The New Black Fest) with Dennis A. Allen II, France-Luce Benson,
& Lisa Strum (NYC, USA)

Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in New York City.


Keith Adkins is a playwright and screenwriter, and artistic director at The New Black Fest. His plays include SWEET HOME (MPAACT Theater, Chicago), SUGAR AND NEEDLES (Epic Theater), THE FINAL DAYS OF NEGRO-VILLE, THE DANGEROUS, a commission at The Public Theater, SAFE HOUSE, a commission honoring August Wilson @ Alliance Theater (Goodman Theater New Stages), FAREWELL MISS COTTON (Black Dahlia Theater), PITBULLS (Bay Area Playwrights Festival), THE LAST SAINT ON SUGAR HILL (MPAACT Theater), ON THE HILLS OF BLACK AMERICA.  Awards: Gateway Commission from Obie Award-winning Epic Theater, Contemporary Theatre/Hansberry Project Commission, New Professional Theater Playwright Award, Kesselring Fellowship nomination, Richard Sherwood Distinguished Emerging Theater Artist Award, Van Lier Fellowship with NYTW and Sloan Science Foundation Playwriting Grant.


Dennis A. Allen II is from Hempstead, New York. He is a published and award winning Playwright; some or his accomplishments include; the first recipient of Atlantic Theater Company’s Launch Commission; a alum of the National Black Theatre’s I Am Soul Playwright Residency and Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writer’s Group. Dennis is an Associate Producer of The New Black Fest. He is an adjunct professor at Laguardia Community College and Montclair State University, and received his MFA from Mac Wellman’s Brooklyn College Playwriting program.

France-Luce Benson isa playwright and arts educator. She was named “Someone to Watch ” in 2019 by American Theatre magazine. She is a recipient of a Miranda Foundation grant for her play Detained, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation New Play Commission for her play The Devil’s Salt, and a Princess Grace Award runner up for Boat People. Additional honors include: Zoetrope Grand Prize for Caroline’s Wedding; Dramatists Guild Fellow 2016-17, Sam French OOB Festival Winner, NNPN Award for Best Play, and three time Kilroy List Honorable Mention.  Residencies include Djerassi, the Camargo Foundation in France, and Instituto Sacatar in Bahia, Brazil. Her plays have had productions, workshops, and readings at The Playwrights Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, City Theatre of Miami, Global Black Voices in London, The Lark, The Billy Holiday Theatre, and Ensemble Studio Theatre of New York, where she is a company member. Benson has been published by Sam French and Routledge Press. She is currently the Community Engagement Coordinator for The Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles.

Lisa Strum is an award winning and nominated actress, playwright and director. Her solo play SHE GON’ LEARN was presented at The New Black Fest at the Lark in 2016 and she has since worked as one of the Associate Producers with the Festival. While practicing shelter in place, Lisa has reignited her passion for cooking, baking, making signature cocktails and watching Democracy Now. Lisa looks forward to sharing space with her community and family again after this crisis has slowed down. Praise and Appreciation to all of our Essential Workers!


Week Three will include: Kelly Copper & Pavol Liska (Nature Theatre of Oklahoma) + Annie-B Parson & Paul Lazar (Big Dance Theatre), (NYC); Melanie Joseph (The Foundry Theatre) with Aaron Landsman, & Aurin Squire (NYC); Shahid Nadeem (Pakistan) + Abhishek Majumdar & Anurupa Roy (India); Grzegorz Jarzyna (TR Warszawa) with Agata Kołacz & Roman Pawłowski (Poland)

Participants from Week Two included: Laila Soliman, Dalia Basiouny (Egypt) + Sahar Assaf (Lebanon); Chou Tung-Yen, Kathy Hong, Wu-Kang Chen (Taiwan); Lucia Calamaro, Graziano Graziani, Valeria Orani (Italy); Meredith Monk (New York, US); Aristide Tarnagda & Safoura Kaboré (Burkina Faso).

Participants from Week One included: Taylor Mac & Kristin Martin (New York, US); Mok Chiu Yu (Hong Kong) + Hanchen Feng, Shuyi Liao (China); Thomas Ostermeier (Germany); Marco Martinelli, Ermanna Montanari (Teatro delle Albe) (Italy); Toshiki Okada (Japan)

For more information on the SEGAL TALKS, please visit www.theSegalCenter.org


SEGAL TALKS is a daily one-hour LIVE online conversation from Monday to Friday — about making art and making sense in the Time of Corona.

SEGAL TALKS was conceived, created and curated by Frank Hentschker in March 2020.

SEGAL TALKS has been made possible by the support of Susan and Jack Rudin(†), the Hearst Foundation, and Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair, The Graduate Center CUNY.

ABOUT THE MARTIN E. SEGAL THEATRE CENTER: Originally founded in 1979 as the Center for Advanced Studies in Theatre Arts (CASTA), The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center was renamed in March of 1999 to recognize Martin E. Segal, one of New York City’s outstanding leaders of the arts. The Segal Center curates over thirty events throughout the Spring and Fall academic seasons, all free and open to the public. Dedicated to bridging the gap between the professional and academic theatre communities, the Segal Center presents readings, performance, lectures, and artists and academics in conversation. In addition, the Segal Center presents three annual festivals (PRELUDEPEN World Voices: International Pay Festival, and The Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance) and publishes and maintains three open access online journals (Arab StagesEuropean Stages, and The Journal of American Drama and Theatre). The Segal Center also publishes many volumes of plays in translation and is the leading publisher of plays from the Arab world. The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (MESTC) is a vital component of the Theatre Program’s academic culture and creating in close collaboration a research nexus, focusing on dramaturgy, new media, and global theatre. The Segal Center provides an intimate platform where both artists and theatre professionals can actively participate with audiences to advance awareness and appreciation. www.TheSegalCenter.org

Creative Producer: Sunyoung Kim
Media Supervisor: Jackie Spaventa
Next Generation Fellow: May Adra

THE GRADUATE CENTER, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, of which the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is an integral part, is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York (CUNY). An internationally recognized center for advanced studies and a national model for public doctoral education, the school offers more than thirty doctoral programs, as well as a number of master’s programs. Many of its faculty members are among the world’s leading scholars in their respective fields, and its alumni hold major positions in industry and government, as well as in academia. The Graduate Center is also home to twenty-eight interdisciplinary research centers and institutes focused on areas of compelling social, civic, cultural, and scientific concerns. Located in a landmark Fifth Avenue building, The Graduate Center has become a vital part of New York City’s intellectual and cultural life with its extensive array of public lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical events. www.gc.cuny.edu.

HowlRound Theatre Commons at www.HowlRound.com is a free and open platform for theatre makers worldwide that amplifies progressive, disruptive ideas about the art form and facilitates connection between diverse practitioners. HowlRound envisions a theatre field where resources and power are shared equitably in all directions, contributing to a more just and sustainable world.

HowlRound was founded on an organizing principle in the “commons”—a social structure that invites open participation around shared values. HowlRound is a knowledge commons that encourages freely sharing intellectual and artistic resources and expertise. It is our strong belief that the power of live theatre connects us across difference, puts us in proximity of one another, and strengthens our tether to our commonalities. HowlRound is based at Emerson College, Boston. www.HowlRound.com

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