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April 8

Fritz Kater’s Heiner 1-4 (Berliner Ensemble) with Brigitte Maria Mayer and Anna Müller. A Celebration of Heiner Müller’s 90th Birthday

Monday, April 8
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Reading + Panel

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

Join us in celebrating in Heiner Müller’s 90th birthday with a reading of Heiner 1-4, by German playwright Fritz Kater. Kater arranged Müller Material on what echoes in play: the love story between the late Heiner Müller and his wife Brigitte Maria Mayer, using interview excerpts on art, theatre, and society from the post-revolutionary years, as well as “a play in the play with a monologue about life, the end and all the rest.”

 

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Brigitte Maria Mayer, born 1965 in Regensburg, is a German photographer, filmmaker, and producer. Her work engages with mythological and historic material and re-contextualizes aspects of modernity, religion, trauma and sexual identities. Mayer works and lives in Berlin.

 

 

 

Photo by Matthias David

Anna Müller completed Cultural Studies in Frankfurt (Oder), worked at a photo agency and is the co-founder of the small independent Berlin Publishing House Herzstückverlag (Heart Piece Publishing).

 

 

 

 

Heiner Müller (9 January 1929 – 30 December 1995) was a German (formerly East German) dramatist, poet, writer, essayist and theatre director. His enigmatic, fragmentary pieces are a significant contribution to postmodern drama and postdramatic theatre. He is considered by many to be the most significant German writer for the theatre since Brecht.

Co-curated with Antje Oegel, Berlin.

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April 27

Witkacy: The Complete Works

illus. Marta Przybył

Saturday, April 27
LaMaMa Ellen Stewart Theatre & The Downstairs
66 East 4th Street
(btw. Bowery & 2nd Ave)

3:00pm Readings + Panel            

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

Join us for a special celebration at LaMaMa Theatre for the Segal Theatre Center’s most ambitious publishing project so far: four volumes of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz’s Collected Plays, the first complete edition of his 23 extant plays in English translation, including The Madman and the Nun, The Crazy Locomotive, The Water Hen, The Shoemaker, They, The Pragmatists, Tumor Brainiowicz, Gyubal Wahazar, The Anonymous Work, The Cuttlefish, The Beelzebub Sonata, and others.

Witkiewicz, like Poland itself, was a fiercely free spirit and his work epitomizes the Centennial of Poland’s regained Independence. The anthology now makes Witkacy’s groundbreaking work available to a global audience. The late CUNY theatre scholar Daniel Gerould (1928-2012), provides lively and well-researched translations, along with contextual introductions to each play. The work is edited by Jadwiga Kosicka-Gerould, Daniel’s wife, and    Dr. Frank Hentschker of the Segal Center at the Graduate Center CUNY. Graphic design and typography by Grzegorz Laszuk & Anna Hegman;  Biuro Warsaw. The anthology was produced by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in close collaboration with the Polish Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw and it’s Director of Theatre and Dance Programs Joanna Klass. Invited panelists include: Janusz Degler (Poland), Krystyna Lipinska-Illakowicz, Joanna Klass, Jadwig Kosicka-Gerould and more.  Moderated by Frank Hentschker.

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885 –1939), commonly known as Witkacy, was a philosopher and an art theoretician. Witkacy was a visionary ahead of his times, and yet a concretely pungent prankster, whose cutting-egde judgement and catastrophic prophesies allow new generations to rediscover his work time again. Witkacy was born on the 1885 in Warsaw and died by commiting suicide upon learning of the Red Army’s attack on Poland in 1939.

The book celebration is a part of La Mama’s ongoing series: Coffeehouse Chronicles and is co-presented by La MaMa Theatre, Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Poland), the Polish Cultural Institute New York and the Segal Theatre Center.

Witkacy’s edition of La Mama’s Coffeehouse Chronicle #153 was curated by Michal Gamily (La Mama Theater) with Tomek Smolarski (Polish Cultural Institute New York) & Frank Hentschker (Segal Theatre Center).

 

                

Start: Apr 27, 2019
End: Apr 27, 2019
Venue: LaMaMa Ellen Stewart Theatre & The Downstairs
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May 6

The Segal Center & PEN World Voices present WORLD VOICES INTERNATIONAL PLAY FESTIVAL

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2019. As part of the 2019 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the Segal Center presents play readings with some of the most significant theatre artists from Germany, all connected to the Gorki Theater in Berlin—a safe haven for immigrant, refugee and international theatre artists in Europe.

The International Play Festival generates a conversation on art, politics, dreams, war, and philosophy, meant to give American audiences a rich awareness of the greater global dialogue.

All readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwright. TBC.

2019 Participants:
Nora Abdel-Maksoud, Sibylle Berg, Necati Öziri, Falk Richter, Yael Ronen, and Sivan Ben-Yishai Shermin Langhoff (Artistic Director, Gorki), Jens Hillje (Artistic Co-Director, Gorki), and Christopher-Fares Köhler (Artistic Consultant, Gorki)

May 6, 7, 8, 9 PEN World Voices: International Play Festival

May 6 | 6:30pm with leaders of the Gorki Theater, Berlin: Shermin Langhoff, Jens Hillje, and Christopher-Fares Köhler
May 7 | 4pm + 6:30pm Yael Ronen: A Walk on The Dark Side + Sivan Ben-Yishai: Daddy Loves You
May 8 | 4pm + 6:30pm Nora Abdel-Maksoud: The Making Of + Falk Richter: Small Town Boy
May 9 | 4pm + 6:30pm Necati Öziri: Get Deutsch or Die Tryin’ + Sibylle Berg: The So-Called Outside Means Nothing to Me

The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2019 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. The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker since 2007 in collaboration with PEN World Voices Festival.

The 2019 Festival is produced by Mike LoCicero, in collaboration with Frank Hentschker.

Founded by Michael Roberts, Esther Allen, and Salman Rushdie in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, PEN World Voices is the only international literary festival in the world with a human rights focus. It attracts the world’s best-known writers and has garnered broad global acclaim as one of the world’s premier literary events. Since its founding, PEN World Voices has presented more than 1,500 writers and artists from 118 countries, speaking 56 languages. www.penworldvoices.org

Chip Rolley, Director, World Voices Festival, PEN America
Kim Chan, General Manager

Start: May 6, 2019
End: May 9, 2019
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May 6

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival The Gorki Theater, Berlin with Shermin Langhoff, Jens Hillje, and Christopher-Fares Köhler

Monday, May 6
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Panel

Free & open to public. First come, first served

Join Frank Hentschker in conversation with the Gorki Theater’s
Shermin Langhoff (Artistic Director), Jens Hillje (Artistic Co-Director),
and Christopher-Fares Köhler (Artistic Consultant).

The Gorki Theater focuses on conflicts of a diverse society with attention to themes like migration, queerness, refuge, exile, and feminism. They ask: “What is the place of theatre in a society in transition? What work should theatre artists, faced with a permanent crisis in economy and politics, produce to reflect the severe social and cultural conflicts in our societies on the stage?” Join us to learn more about the unique and groundbreaking vision of one of the important theatres of the City of Berlin.

 

photo by Esra Rotthoff

Jens Hillje studied applied arts in Italy and Germany he moved to Berlin in 1996. Together with the director Thomas Ostermeier, founded the “Barracks” venue at the Deutsches Theatre, which was voted Theatre of the Year two years later. During his tenure as artistic co-director, the Maxim Gorki Theatre has been voted “Theatre of the Year” twice (2014 and 2016). The Preußische Seehandlung Foundation awarded him the Theaterpreis Berlin (Theatre Award Berlin) 2016 alongside Shermin Langhoff. In 2019 Hillje receives the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale honoring his lifetime achievements.

 

photo by Hoch

Shermin Langhoff, artistic director of the Maxim Gorki Theatre since 2013, began her professional life in publishing, film and television and then worked as a curator at Berlin’s Hebbel am Ufer (HAU). During her tenure as artistic director, the Maxim Gorki Theatre has been voted “Theatre of the Year” twice (2014 and 2016). Shermin Langhoff is a recipient of the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany) and was presented In 2016 she was presented with the prestigious Theatre Prize Berlin.

 

 

photo by André Wunstorf

Christopher-Fares Köhler, born in 1987, he was Falk Richter’s assistant dramaturge for productions such as Small Town Boy at the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin and to Rimini Protokoll at Theater Oberhausen. He worked for the dramaturgy department at the Münchner Kammerspiele, Theater der Welt Festival 2017 in Hamburg, for the Zürcher Theaterpektakel, the Theater an der Ruhr, the Boat People Project, the Volksbühne Berlin, Münchner Kammerspiele and others. Since May 2018 he has been a dramaturge of the Exil Ensemble at the Maxim Gorki Theater and artistic assistant to the co-director Jens Hillje.

Start: May 6, 2019
End: May 6, 2019
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May 7

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival Yael Ronen and Sivan Ben Yeshai

Tuesday, May 7
Segal Theatre
4:00pm + 6:30pm Readings + Panels 

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

4:00pm A Walk On The Dark Side
Written by Yael Ronen.
When astrophysicist, Immanuel, is awarded a significant prize, his wife, Mania, invites his brother for a trip. Mathias, also an astrophysicist and a rival, brings his girlfriend Magda along, who just attempted suicide. Dark matter against dark energy, structural harmony against a chaos that explodes the system.

6:30pm Daddy Loves You
Written by Sivan Ben-Yishai
A high speed train approaches an unknown destination through the dark night under the earth. Nine older women are sitting neatly in a row on a bench on the train. The further the train speeds along, the more painful the memories become. The passengers recount the wars they survived, motherhood, sexual abuse and more.

Readings followed by a conversation with the playwright.

Photo by Esra Rotthoff

Yael Ronen, in-house Gorki director, was born in Jerusalem in 1976. She comes from a theatre family and is internationally considered as one of the most exciting theatre makers of her generation. The greatest tool at her disposal is black humor in the framework of historical conflicts. Along with the Austrian Nestroy Theatre Prize and numerous other awards, she received the 2014 Europe Prize for Theatrical Realities.

 

 

 

Photo by Merav Maroody

Sivan Ben-Yishai studied theatre direction and dramatic writing in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem before joining the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio and Centre for Improvisation in Tel Aviv. For the past five years, Ben-Yishai has been based in Berlin, where she works as an author, director, and leader of workshops for dance and performance students. In 2013, Ben-Yishai won the Assitej competition in the category Best Show, Best Play, and Best Direction of the Year in Israel.

 

Start: May 7, 2019
End: May 7, 2019
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May 8

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival Nora Abdel-Maksoud and Falk Richter

Wednesday, May 8
Segal Theatre
4:00pm + 6:30  Reading + Panels

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

4:00pm The Making Of
Written by Nora Abdel-Maksoud.
A film director wants to put together a superhero remake, made in Germany. But some crew members aren’t quite ready for the pressure of their roles. A wicked satire about the film business and theatrical ideals, a desperate hosanna to the paradox of acting and an optimistic swan song for roles that no one can really fulfill.

6:30pm Small Town Boy
Written by Falk Richter
What happens when young men leave the patriarchy behind? Is it possible to be a different kind of man? A different kind of woman? How will we define family, nation and belonging in the future? “You leave in the morning with everything you own… Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away” (Bronski Beat)

Readings followed by a conversation with the playwright.

 

Photo by Jan Krattiger

Nora Abdel-Maksoud was born in Munich in 1983 and began to study acting in 2005 at the Konrad Wolf Academy of Film and Television in Potsdam. She has worked extensively as an actor for stage and screen, and received the 2017 Kurt Hübner Director’s Award for The Making of. Also in 2017, she was named “Newcomer Director of the Year” by the German theater magazine TheaterHeute.

 

 

Photo by Esra Rotthoff

Falk Richter was born in 1969, in Hamburg, where he later studied philosophy and theatre direction. He is among the most important German playwrights and theatre directors of his generation. Since 1994, he has worked at renowned theatres across Europe, staging operas, his own works, and classic plays. Next to the Friedrich-Luft Prize, numerous awards, and a teaching position at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin, Richter has been named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.

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May 9

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival Necati Öziri and Sibylle Berg

Thursday, May 9
Segal Theatre
4:00pm + 6:30pm Readings + Panels

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

4:00pm Get Deutsch or Die Tryin’
Written by Necati Öziri
There are moments in which everything comes together. Arda Yilmaz’s
18th birthday, for example, where she searches for the fragments of a
language that recalls memories of childhood in Almanya and a German-
Turkish family history amidst the turmoil of “guest” work and the Turkish
putsch. Above else, Arda is searching for an unknown father. A fade-out
on the last track of the record of your life.

6:30pm The So-Called Outside Means Nothing to Me
Written by Sibylle Berg
Evening. A young woman alone in her apartment. Friends Skype her and
send chats, text messages arrive, her mother calls. A few floors below, in
the basement: a man is tied and gagged. Young women’s fears, desires,
and obsessions with success are expressed in their media-saturated lives
–but how do they actually want to live their lives?

Readings followed by a conversation with the playwright.

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Sibylle Berg was born in Weimar and now lives in Zurich. Her columns, novels, and plays are merciless in their narrations of misfortunes and the people that fall into them. She has been honored with multiple awards, including the Egon-Erwin-Kisch Prize and the Kassel Literary Prize.

 

 

 

Photo by Esra Rotthoff

Necati Öziri, born in 1988, studied philosophy, German studies, and literature in Bochum, Istanbul, Olsztyn and Berlin. Öziri worked as a dramaturg at Gorki Theater and writes short stories and theatre plays. In the theatrical season of 2014-2015, he was the artistic director of Gorki’s StudioЯ. Öziri is currently dramaturg at the Berliner Festspiele, where he directs the International Forum of the Theatertreffen.

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May 20

New Theatre from Spain with Luz Arcas

Luz Arcas in La Phármaco’s Una gran emoción política 30 © Virginia Rota

Monday, May 20
Segal Theatre
4:00pm Readings / 6:30pm Panel + Performance

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

New Theatre from Spain presents the works of Spanish contemporary artists
who defy the boundaries between disciplines, including Angélica Liddell, Sara Molina, Marc Caellas, and companies La Tristura, La Phármaco, and Vértebro.  Curated by Mara Valderrama, Ana Sánchez Acevedo, Daniel Valtueña, and Alexandra Viteri Arturo.

Positioned at the avant-garde of contemporary stage practices, these artists combine elements from theatre, dance, performance art, and visual arts, blurring the limits of playwriting and performing, and challenging the status of the text as the center of the theatrical experience. The event will feature reading-installations of works curated and newly translated by doctoral students of the Theatre and Performance Department and the Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures Department at The Graduate Center, CUNY. The evening will conclude with a performance by dancer and choreographer Luz Arcas.

Luz Arcas is a dancer and choreographer. Since 2009, she is founder and
director of the dance company La Phármaco with Abraham Gragera. She has received the Critic’s Eye Prize for Dance, the Best Female Dancer Award at the Lorca Awards, and she was a finalist for Best Female Dancer at the Max
Awards. Her work explores ideas of ceremony, where all theatrical languages
combine into a discourse led by dance.

Start: May 20, 2019
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