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Segal Theater

In a small town in Iran, a young woman must decide between her lover and a new life in the new world. Years later, her Americanized son starts a relationship with another man who has just fled from persecution in Iran. The play tracks the costs of transition, or translation, between languages, cultures, and generations.

Free

Tonight We Improvise

Proshansky Auditorium

A play within a play, Tonight We Improvise (first production in 1930) depicts the experiences of Dr. Hinkfuss, an experimental theatre director who is thrown out of the theatre during an improvisation when his will collides with the spontaneous impulses of the actors, who are immersed in their parts. This metatheatrical piece explores the frequently contradictory roles played by playwright, text, actor, character, director, designer and audience within a theatrical event.

Free

World Thrown Tizzy

Segal Theater

Three old immigrant men wait on the beach for news of the outside world to arrive. To pass the time, they replay an imagined all-star soccer match. In this hilarious tribute to Samuel Beckett, the loneliness and isolation of immigration are held at bay by the indomitable hope of the world's greatest sport.

Free

The Doctor’s Dilemma

Elebash Recital Hall

George Bernard Shaw's long life (1856-1950) coincided with an eventful chapter in the history of medicine, beginning with the creation of the modern British medical profession through The Medicine Act of 1858 and ending with its socialization through the National Health Act of 1946. Shaw's play is a dramatization of the comic and near-tragic aspects of medical theory and practice during that time.

Free

Behind the Scenes at Golda’s Balcony

Proshansky Auditorium

Join actress Tovah Feldshuh and members of the production team for a discussion about the creation of the Broadway show, "Golda's Balcony," the New York premiere of William Gibson's one-woman portrait of former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. The New York Times says that in her role as Israeli Prime Minister, Tovah Feldshuh "does more than just resurrect Meir: she embodies an entire country." A play that tackles head-on the subject of the Arab-Israeli conflict, "Golda's Balcony" is the story of Israel in the twentieth century.

$15

Low Lives

Segal Theater

New York in the 1850s featuring Irish and Chinese working girls, a madam, a smuggler and a gangster at the infamous suicide saloon, where the poor come to kill themselves while the rich pay to watch.

Free

The Physicists

Elebash Recital Hall

The world's greatest physicist, JW Möbius, is in a madhouse with two other equally deluded scientists: one who thinks he's Einstein, and another who thinks he's Newton. With wry, penetrating humor, Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Physicists probes beneath the surface of modern existence to question whether it is the mad who are truly insane.

Free

George Bartenieff in I Will Bear Witness

Elebash Recital Hall

George Bartenieff, one of the stars of the New York Off-and Off-Off Broadway theatre scene since the early sixties, will present I Will Bear Witness, one of the most important documents recording firsthand experience of German fascism.

Free

THE HEIRS OF MOLIÈRE

Metropolitan Playhouse

An eighteenth century gentleman finds himself in love with his wife, a most unfashionable situation! Metropolitan Playhouse Artistic Producing Director, Alex Roe, will direct a staged reading of Pierre Nivelle de la Chaussès The Fashionable Prejudice. This reading is a premiere presentation of one of four plays contained in the latest Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication, The Heirs of Molière (translated and edited by Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature, Marvin Carlson). A small reception will follow.

Free

Rosa Loses Her Face

Segal Theater

Mother vs. daughter in the eternal battle of wills and values. When "wayward thinking" New Yorker Amy visits her mother Rosa in Los Angeles, Rosa is determined to foist marriage and filial pity onto her, with an airborne roast Peking Duck as the weapon of choice.

Free

Partition

Elebash Recital Hall

This drama, by Queens College professor Ira Hauptman, presents the relationship between two early 20th-century mathematicians, the self-educated Indian genius Srinivasa Ramanujan and Cambridge professor G.H. Hardy.

Free

Dancing Lessons

Steinhardt Building at 35 West 67th Street

Explore the WWII community of Parisian music hall performers at Bal Tabarin Music Hall where Jewish dancer Sadie Rigal performed for German officers by night and worked for the Resistance by day.

$25

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