PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018: Stefano Massini – INTRACTABLE WOMAN

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Apr 16, 2018
Apr 16, 2018



Monday, April 16
Segal Theatre

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

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.

A “theatrical memorandum” on Anna Politkovskaya, the Russian activist-journalist who exposed details of Russia’s war in Chechnya and fought government suppression, before her ruthless killing. In 2002, she was awarded the PEN Center USA Freedom to Write Award.

In association with The Play Company, New York and Umanism NY (Valeria Orani, Director) as part of the Italian Playwrights Project. With additional support from Italian Cultural institute (Giorgio Van Straten, Director).


Photo by Attilio Marasco

Stefano Massini (Italy) is a Pier Vittorio Tondelli Award winning playwright, director, and the artistic consultant at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano. Inspired by the 2008 economic banking crisis, Massini wrote the The Lehman Trilogy. Translated into 14 languages, the trilogy will be staged in July 2018 at the National Theater in London by Sam Mendes.



Photo by Andrew Kluger

Lee Sunday Evans (Director) is an Obie Award winning Director + Choreographer. Select production credits include: Dance Nation by Clare Barron (Playwrights Horizons. HOME by Geoff Sobelle (BAM Next Wave), Farmhouse/Whorehouse by Suzanne Bocanegra (BAM Next Wave), Miller, Mississippi by Boo Killebrew (Dallas Theater Center), The Winter’s Tale (Public Theater, Mobile Unit), [Porto] by Kate Benson (Bushwick Starr/Women’s Project), Bull in a China Shop by Bryna Turner (LCT3), Caught by Christopher Chen (Play Co.), Macbeth (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), Wellesley Girl by Brendan Pelsue (Humana Festival), D Deb Debbie Deborah by Jerry Lieblich (Clubbed Thumb), A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks… by Kate Benson (OBIE Award – New Georges/Women’s Project), The Play About My Dad by Boo Killebrew (59E59), God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz (Juilliard), Family Play (1979 to Present) by CollaborationTown, The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht with original music by Nicholas C. Williams. Her work has been presented/developed at: Baryshnikov Arts Center, Sundance Theater Lab, BAX, CATCH, LMCC, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, Juilliard. Lee received the 2017 SDC Breakout Award, and the 2016 Susan Stroman Directing Award from The Vineyard Theater.


Photo by Diana Renelli

Paula Wing is a playwright, actor and translator. Her translation of Stefano Massini’s Intractable Woman, premiered in Montréal, Québec at Imago Theatre in 2017. A New York production by The Play Company is slated for 2018. Her original play, Risky Phil premieres at Young Peoples Theatre in Toronto this April. Paula’s stage adaptation of Ben Rice’s novella Pobby and Dingan was published in 2016 through the Kennedy Centre. She is a Resident Artist at Soulpepper Theatre Company in Toronto, where she is active in their youth and community programming. Paula is a sessional professor at the University of Windsor in both the Acting and Drama in Education and Community programs. This spring her musical adaptation of Margaret Mahy’s The Man Whose Mother Was A Pirate will tour Eastern Ontario with Thousand Islands Playhouse. Paula will appear as Karole at the Playhouse in their world premiere of The Canadian this summer.


Kate Loewald co-founded The Play Company in 1998 with her late partners, Mike Ockrent and Jack Temchin. PlayCo has produced 33 plays from the U.S. and abroad. Its work has been recognized with awards, nominations and honorary grants from the Drama Desk, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, Obies, and American Theatre Wing.

From 1990-99 Kate was Director of Play Development at the Manhattan Theatre Club. She created the MTC Van Lier Fellowships for emerging writers. She was also Director of MTC’s acclaimed Writers in Performance series in ‘98 and ’99, producing innovative programs of literary events.

Kate is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Columbia School of the Arts MFA program, and has also taught at the New School, Fordham, and NYU. She was lead dramaturg at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference from 2000-2003. She is a graduate of Yale College. In addition to her work with PlayCo, she was the Guest Artistic Director for the Signature Theatre Company in the 2004/2005 season.


By the time she moved to New York in 2015, Valeria Orani had served as administrative director, coordinator, and producer in public and private Italian theatre institutions, and had provided support to a large number of artistic projects. She had established herself as a well-known promoter and producer of Italian creative talent through 369gradi, which she founded in 2003 as a center for innovative services to promote and distribute Italian culture, par­ticularly contemporary art and the performing arts. In 2009, 369gradi turned to producing, working every year for about fifty Italian artists and technicians on productions staged throughout Italy and abroad.

In 2014, Valeria Orani established a transoceanic pilot proj­ect which aimed to promote the work of professionals in the contemporary world of Italian arts and crafts in New York City. She founded Umanism LLC in 2015. “Umanism” is the crasis or com­bination of the Italian word “umanesimo” and the English word “humanism.”

Umanism functions as an open plat­form to support European arts in New York City and American arts in Italy.

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center invited in 2014 Valeria Orani, as artistic director of Umanism, to collaborate on anambitious new translation , performance, and publishing initiative: The Italian Playwrigths Project.


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