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Staging Elfriede Jelinek’s Jackie (Austria) with The Women’s Project Theater

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Mar 4, 2013
Mar 4, 2013
Segal Theatre

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Photo courtesy of The Women’s Project Theater

In her one-woman play Jackie, Nobel Prize-winning Austrian novelist and playwright Elfriede Jelinek (The Piano Teacher) paints a complicated and irreverent portrait of the iconic, often-idolized American former First Lady. Women’s Project Theater, New York’s preeminent Off-Broadway theatre devoted to developing and producing new work by women theatre artists, will feature Jackie as part of its Spring 2013 season. Join us for an evening focused on the unique challenges of staging Jelinek’s intensely theatrical work. Learn more about the playwright whose work was lauded by the Nobel Committee for its “musical flow of voices and countervoices… that with extraordinary linguistic zeal reveal the absurdity of society’s clichés and their subjugating power” with director Tea Alagic, translator Gitta Honegger, scenic designer Marsha Ginsberg, and moderated by Jonathan Kalb.

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Elfriede Jelinek, who was born in 1946 and grew up in Vienna, 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 the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Gitta Honegger is professor of theatre at the Arizona State University. For ten years she was resident dramaturg at the Yale Repertory Theatre, where she also directed, and a professor of dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at the Yale School of Drama. She was an early member of the Women’s Project. In addition to Jackie, Honegger has translated Elfriede Jelinek’s recent performance texts Rechnitz and The Merchant’s Contracts, which will be published in the spring 2013 by Seagull Press, Totenauberg(Death/Valley/Mountain), Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Currently, she is finishing her translation of Jelinek’s opus magnum, the 666 page novel The Children of the Dead and a biography of Helene Weigel, Frau Brecht, for which she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the author of the biography Thomas Bernhard: The Making of an Austrian and the translator of plays by Thomas Bernhard, Peter Handke, Marieluise Fleisser Elias Canetti, among others.

Tea Alagic is an alumna of the Women’s Project Lab and previously directed Saviana Stanescu’s Aliens With Extraordinary Skills at Women’s Project. Recent work includes: Man Of La Mancha (Burning Coal Theatre Company, Raleigh), Lidless by Frances Ya –Chu Cowhig (Walkerspace, Page 73,NYC), Waking Up by Cori Thomas (EST, NYC); Anonymous by Naomi Iizuka (Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque); The Marriage Of Maria Braun by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (ZKM, Croatia); Binibon by Jack Womack and Elliot Sharp (The Kitchen, NYC); and Events with Life’s Leftovers by Alberto Villarreal Diaz (Dramafest, Mexico City). She directed the world premiere of The Brothers Size by Tarell McCraney at The Public Theater, NYC, and later productions at The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, and The Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Ms. Alagic holds a BFA in acting from The Charles University in Prague and an MFA in directing from Yale School of Drama. “Director Tea Alagic, who debuted Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size, knows how to invest even ordinary speech with the force of ritual” – Village Voice. Visit www.TeaAlagic.com.

Marsha Ginsberg is the Scenic Designer of Jackie. Also at Women’s Project Theater: Sheila Callaghan’s Lascivious Something. Recent Theater: Red Dog Howls (New York Theater Workshop); Habit, by David Levine (PS122/FIAF at Essex Street Market, Luminato Fesitval, Mass MOCA); Our Class, (Wilma Theater); Er nichts als er (zu mit Robert Walser), Jelinek (Meetfactory, Prague); Map of Virtue, 13P @ NYTW; Blue Flower (American Repertory Theater, Elliot Norton Design Award). Telephone (Foundry Theater) Kafeneion (Athens/Epidaurus Festival). Recent Opera: Powder Her Face, by Thomas Ades (New York City Opera at BAM); Phaeton, Saarlandisches Staatstheater, Saarbruecken; Ariadne Auf Naxos, Opera National de Bordeaux; Methusalem Project, Nationaltheater Weimar; Proserpina, Wolfgang Rihm (Spoleto Festival USA) Grants: NEA/TCG Career Design Fellowship; MacDowell Colony Fellowships; Watermill Center Residencies; Ed: MFA NYU Tisch, Visual Arts at Whitney Independent Study Program; BFA Cooper Union. Upcoming: Smokefall, (South Coast Rep); Nikolai and the Others, Mitzi Newhouse, LCT; Somewhere Fun, (Vineyard Theater).