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Apr 19, 2020
Apr 19, 2020
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The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Announces

Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists
on howlround.tv
 Monday, April 20, 2020 – Friday, April 24, 2020, 12 noon EDT 

New Times need new Forms of Theatre.” Bertolt Brecht

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is proud to announce the fourth 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 Segal Center is the only theatre institution in New York City and the US creating original programming every day during the week.

Week Four with: Milo Rau (Switzerland); Richard Schechner (NYC, US); Basil Jones (South Africa); Arthur Nauzyciel (France); Guillermo Calderón (Chile)

The newly introduced ad-free SEGAL TALKS will be live-streamed in English on howlround.tv and on the Segal Center Facebook page. All the previous SEGAL TALKS will be found on howlround.tv, the Segal Center Facebook page, and the Segal Center YouTube Channel. The Segal Theatre Center will raise money for theatre artists and companies. This work is in collaboration with HowlRound Theatre Commons, based at Emerson Collage.

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

Participants from previous weeks 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); 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)Keith Adkins (The New BlackFest) with Dennis A. Allen II, France-Luce Benson, & Lisa Strum (NYC); 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)

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MONDAY, April 20, 2020
12 noon EDT

Photo by Hannes Schmid

Milo Rau (Switzerland)
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in Switzerland.

Trained by the socially engaged sociologist Pierre Bourdieu and the historian of ideas Tzvetan Todorov and deeply concerned about issues of violence and justice, Milo Rau recreates onstage acts of aggression and oppression so that the spectator becomes a witness and grabs hold of reality. In 2007 he founded the International Institute of Political Murder in order to produce and present his shows, such as The Last Hours of Elena and Nicolae Ceausescu (2009), his 2011 piece Hate Radio (Radio des Mille Collines during the Rwandan genocide, presented at the FTA in 2014), Breivik’s Statement in 2012 (the Norwegian mass murderer), The Moscow Trials in 2013 (the trial and sentencing of Pussy Riot, which led to Rau being denied an entry permit for Russia), The Congo Tribunal (2015) and Five Easy Pieces in 2016 (a show about the pedophile Marc Dutroux, performed by children and adolescents). In 2018 he was named artistic director of NTGent, the leading theatre in Ghent, Belgium and for the occasion published his Ghent Manifesto. The first of its “rules” stipulates: “It’s not just about portraying the world anymore. It’s about changing it. The aim is not to depict the real, but to make the representation itself real.”

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12 noon EDT

Richard Schechner
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in New York, USA.

Richard Schechner is editor of TDR, author, a theatre director, and University Professor Emeritus, Performance Studies, NYUHis books include Environmental TheaterPerformance Theory, Between Theater and AnthropologyThe End of Humanism, The Future of Ritual, Performed Imaginaries, and Performance Studies: An Introduction. He was a producing director of the Free Southern Theater and founded The Performance Group. He has directed theatre, led workshops, taught, and lectured in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.


12 noon EDT New York Time

Basil Jones
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in South Africa.

Basil Jones is the co-founder and Executive Producer of Handspring Puppet Company. Jones completed his BFA at UCT where he met future husband, Adrian Kohler. In 1990, Jones set up a not for profit NGO Handspring Trust, which produced the award winning Spider’s Place, an innovative, multi-media science education series for TV, radio and comic aimed at young learners from disadvantaged backgrounds. He set up the Handspring Awards for Puppetry, which recognise and encourage puppet design, direction and performance in South Africa. The Handspring Trust is involved in a number of projects in urban township and rural areas, using puppetry as a means to educate and empower youth and bring communities together through street parades and performance. He speaks and writes on the subject of puppetry and is deeply interested in growing an international dialogue on the theatre of objects. He received the Naledi Executive Directors Award [2012], a lifetime achievement award from Tshwane University [2006] and an honorary doctorate in literature from UCT [2012].


12 noon EDT

Arthur Nauzyciel & Keren Ann
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in France.

Arthur Nauzyciel is a French actor and stage director. Prior to his appointment in 2017 as director of the TNB (Théâtre National de Bretagne), he led the CDN in Orleans.  Nauzyciel studied plastic arts and cinema before training at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris, run by Antoine Vitez. In France,  he has staged many plays including the work of France Samuel Beckett, Thomas Bernhard, Jean Genet, Kaj Munk, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Chekov as well as work based on the writing of Allen Ginsberg, Alexander Dumas, Yannick Haenel. During his inaugural season as the director of the TNB, Arthur Nauzyciel presented in Rennes a selection of his most significant productions: Julius Caesar, The Empire of Light and Jan Karski (Mon nom est une fiction). Nauzyciel has worked in the USA on many occasions. Among his American productions are: two plays by B-M Koltès: Black Battles with Dogs (2001) and Roberto Zucco (2004), staged in Atlanta; Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party (2007) and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (2008) for the American Reportory Theater (A.R.T.) in Boston, a production that toured the United States in 2019. He is a frequent collaborator of author-director Pascal Rambert. He has also worked for dance and opera. In 2011 he staged the opera Red Waters by Keren Ann and Bardi Johannsson (Lady and Bird) and contributed to the creation of Play by the choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and the dancer Shantala Shivalingappa and Session (2019) by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Colin Dune.

Keren Ann is an artist, singer-songwriter & music producer who’s songs have been sung or performed by such eclectic and international artists: David Byrne, Iggy Pop, Luz Cascal, Rosa Pasos, Anna Calvi, Jane Birkin, Henri Salvador and Françoise Hardy. In parallel of her solo albums and numerous tours, she has worked on original soundtracks for films (La femme assassinée du monde by Franck Ribière, among others) and theater or contemporary danse (Collaborations with choreographs Sharon Eyal, Damien Jalet…) Grand Prix Sacem for 2019 songwriter, Officier des Arts des Lettres, Chevalier de l’Ordre National du MériteKeren Ann lives in Paris, France.


FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020
12 noon EDT

Guillermo Calderón
Join us for an update on the situation for theatre artists in Chile.

Photo by Sandra Then

Guillermo Calderón is a theatre artist and screenwriter based in Chile. His plays include Neva, Diciembre, Clase, Villa, Discurso, Quake, School, Kiss, Goldrausch, Mateluna, Feos, and B.  Calderón’s productions have toured extensively through South America and Europe.  Festival stops have included Chekhov Festival (Russia), Edinburgh International Festival, Festival d´Automne (France), Seoul Performing Arts Festival (Korea), TEATERFORMEN Festival (Germany), Wiener Festwochen (Austria), The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, and RADAR L.A. He has been commissioned by the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus (Germany), the Royal Court Theater (England), La Jolla Playhouse,  Theater Basel, and the Public Theater.  His co-written screenplay Violeta Went to Heaven won the World Cinema Jury Prize for Drama at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. He also co-wrote The Club, winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlinale in 2015. He wrote Neruda, directed by Pablo Larrain, nominated for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language, 2017. He co-wrote Ema, presented in competition at the Venice Biennale, 2019.



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
Senior Assistant Director of Programs: Cory Tamler
Junior Assistant Director of Programs: Kyueun Kim

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. http://www.howlround.com


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