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PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2017: TranScenes: Four Short Plays from Brazil

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May 2, 2017
May 2, 2017
Segal Theatre
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Jô Bilac’s Venus Flytrap. Photo by Juliana Chalita

Tuesday, May 2
Segal Theatre

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

TranScenes: Four Short Plays from Brazil
Curated by Marcia Zanelatto (Brazil) & translated by Emily Walsh
Works by Marcia Zanelatto (Curator), Jô Bilac, Daniela Pereira de Carvalho, and JoaquimVicente.
Directed by Katherine Brook
Discussion moderated by Janet Werther

Short plays about gender identity in Brazil: a judicial fight, a dinner with a murderer, the death of the mother and a flower leads a rally.

Marcia Zanelatto lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She writes for theatre, television and cinema and teaches script writing. Her work often engages with ideas of racism, public security, and sexual and gender identity. She has received several awards, including the Brazil at Scene Award 2009 (Prêmio Brasil em Cena) for the play Time of Solitude (Tempo de Solidão), the Sexuality, Violence and Justice in the Favelas Award from the Ford Foundation with the play They ain´t Got No (Eles não usam tênis naique); and the 2014 Theatre Producers Association of Rio de Janeiro Award (Prêmio APTR) for Best Author, with the play Frumpness (Desalinho). In 2016, the Royal Exchange Theater, Manchester, UK, commissioned a new work for the Birth Festival, which resulted in her play The Birth Machine. Her work has been translated into English, Spanish, French and Swedish.

Jô Bilac was born in Rio de Janeiro and spent his childhood in Madrid. He co-founded the Cia de Teatro Independente (Independent Theatre Company) in 2007 with Vinicius Arneiro, Carolina Pismel, Paulo Verlings, and Julia Marini. The first two plays Cachorro! (Dog!) and Rebu (Turmoil) were performed with his company all over Brazil. Jô Bilac wrote Limpe todo Sangue Antes que Manche o Carpete (Clean All Blood Before it Stains the Carpet), Savana Glacial (Icy Savannah; Shell Award for Best Play, 2010), Popcorn and Gato Branco (White Cat). His 2013 play, Conselho de Classe (Class Council), won the Cesgranrio Award, APTR Award and the Shell Award for best play. Bilac was the artistic director of Teatro Glaucio Gil with actor Marcio Libar and was part of the dramadiario site (dailydrama web site) with six other playwrights from Rio de Janeiro.

In 2006 Daniela Pereira de Carvalho received, for her play There are no Safe Levels for the Consumption of These Substances, the Eletrobras-APTR Award for best author and was also nominated for the Shell Award for Best Text. She was also nominated for the 2006 EletrobrasAPTR Award for her piece Renato Russo: the musical. Another work, For a Less Ordinary Life, was also nominated for the Shell São Paulo Award for Best Text and for the Contigo Theater Award for Best Text in 2007.

Joaquim Vicente is a writer, director and independent producer. His career started in the film industry as an assistant producer before he moved to theatre. Of the seventeen plays he has directed, he also produced twelve of those works. On TV, he has worked as a writer for a French sex show, and for the Sunday live show Domingão do Faustão, among others. In 2012, he started his own production company, Teatro da Gente, and since then, he has also ventured into audiovisual arts. Other works by Vincente include: A Grande Viagem do Doutor Tchekhov (The Dr. Tchekcov’s Adventures) in 2004; Eu, Augusto dos Anjos (I am Augusto dos Anjos), which received the Prêmio Miryam Muniz in 2006; and Tragédias (Tragedies) in 2016.

Katherine Brook is a director of new experimental plays and performance and makes original work collaboratively with her theatre company, Katherine Brook / TELE-VIOLET. Her work has been presented at various venues in New York City and beyond, including The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, Incubator Arts Project, Prelude NYC, and more. Recent credits include How to Get Into Buildings (New Georges), She Is King (with Laryssa Husiak, at Incubator Arts Project, and Boom Arts in Portland, Oregon), and Pink Melon Joy (Brave New World Rep and Cloud City in Brooklyn). Brook has also been a creative producer at The Foundry Theatre and New York City Players. She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she has since worked as a guest director.

Janet Werther (MFA Sarah Lawrence College; PhD in progress, The Graduate Center) is a scholar, practitioner, and arts educator. As an artist, Janet performs with the Ballez Company in NYC and occasionally produces solo works. Her research synthesizes dance, musical theatre, queer performance historiography, and cultural studies and her dissertation focuses on places of performance as sites of intergenerational queer exchange. Her writing is published in Studies in Musical Theatre and PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art. She teaches at Baruch and Marymount Manhattan colleges. Janet also teaches dance to youth at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX).

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