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UNDER THE RAMADAN MOON AND 32 MOHAMEDS

Segal Theater

Lebanese American Poet and performer, Elmaz Abi Nader, has been an influential voice in American literature for almost two decades. Her work, from her memoir to her poetry to her performance work, resonates with the complications of the history of America, its relationship to other cultures and itself.

Free

NINE PARTS OF DESIRE BY HEATHER RAFFO

Segal Theater

Iraqi American playwright and actress, Heather Raffo, scored a big hit off-Broadway with Nine Parts of Desire, a one-woman play in which she portrays a cross-section of Iraqi women. Nine Parts of Desire is one of the few New York theater successes this year. The play has garnered rave reviews and been extended three times since it opened in October. Heather Raffo will perform a section of Nine Parts of Desire that is based on interviews she conducted with Iraqi women in Iraq and in exile over the last decade. Raffo weaves the stories of these women, in her exquisite solo performance that captures, shocks, and inspires.

Free

NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHOP

Segal Theater

Founded in 1979, New York Theatre Workshop produces challenging and unpredictable new theatre and fosters the creative work of artists with a shared vision.

Free

AUSTRALIA – STEPHEN SEWELL

Segal Theater

Please join us to meet Australian playwright sensation, Stephen Sewell. His plays, The Secret Death of Salvador Dali and Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America-A Drama in 30 Scenes, among others, made him Australia's most highly decorated playwright in 2004.

Free

ELLIOT, A SOLDIER’S FUGUE BY QUIARA ALEGRÍA HUDES

Segal Theater

The play, through lyrical "fugues" and "preludes" in the form of letters and narrative, follows three generations of military men in a Puerto Rican-American family. In the family's run-down barrio vegetable garden, Elliot, the son, returning as a wounded hero from Iraq, craves a conversation with his father, who served in Vietnam, and his grandfather, who fought in Korea, about the realities of war. This causes the three to reveal their never-spoken stories of war horror and family love.

Free

THE PETRAKIS UNIVERSE BY DIMITRI C. MICHALAKIS

Proshansky Auditorium

The Petrakis Universe is a based on the life and work of American writer Harry Mark Petrakis whose exuberant and sensitive works deal with the lives of Greek immigrants in urban America.

Free

BELTED BLUE, BLEEDING YELLOW BY QUI NGUYEN

Segal Theater

Pilot Quang Nguyen, who flew for the American forces in the Vietnam War, now lives in the United States with his teenage son, Truong. He attempts to give his son a sense of history, tradition, and family by teaching him the ancient Vietnam martial art Vivonam. These lessons cause the cultural and psychological stresses of living in America to surface. Set in a Vivinam Dojo between 1952-2002, the play explores the meaning and value of ancient traditions in a new land.

Free

CHOCOLATE IN HEAT: GROWING UP ARAB IN AMERICA

Segal Theater

The work of Palestinian American playwright and performer, Betty Shamieh, includes Roar, which opened off-Broadway in 2003, the award-winning Chocolate in Heat: Growing up Arab in America, which premiered in 2003, and Black-Eyed, which premiered in San Francisco in 2005. Shamieh's work complicates the history of America by including the Arab's story. A recipient of the New Dramatists Van Lier Fellowship, Shamieh is a graduate of Harvard University and the Yale School of Drama and is currently the screenwriting professor at Marymount Manhattan College.

Free

LARK PLAY DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Segal Theater

A laboratory for new voices and new ideas, the Lark Play Development Center provides American and international playwrights with indispensable resources to develop their work, nurturing artists at all stages in their careers, and inviting them to freely express themselves in a supportive and rigorous environment.

Free

GOD, SEX AND BLUE WATER BY LINDA FAIGAO-HALL

Segal Theater

This unconventional farce about religion and family love, set in the Filipino community of Hoboken, focuses on the Kintanar family's attempts to assimilate in America. Laling, a deeply religious woman, plans on crucifying herself during the Easter pasyon, which puts her in conflict with the local parish priest.

Free

AS REAPER IN SUMMER GRAIN BY KEITH BYRON KIRK

Segal Theater

With deep poignancy, this tragic play follows the events leading up to the brutal murders of Frank Lloyd Wright's mistress, Mamah Cheney, her family, and household by the caretaker Julian Carlton. Julian and his wife Gertrude have worked their way into positions of respect as valet and cook respectively. But the insults of racism and class discrimination that have followed them from Barbados to America inevitably lead to a violent explosion. Based on the real events that took place at Taliesin, Wrights experimental home in the Midwest.

Free

NEW DRAMATISTS

Segal Theater

Dedicated to finding gifted playwrights and giving them the time, the space, and the tools to develop their craft, fulfill their potential, and make lasting contributions to the theatre, New Dramatists, founded in 1949, is the nation's oldest nonprofit center for the development of talented playwrights.

Free

CUBA/FRANCE JOSÉ TRIANA

Segal Theater

Living in Paris since 1980, Cuban playwright José Triana is the most important writer of his generation. Best known internationally for his play, La noche de los asesinos (Night of the Assassins), produced in New York in the late 1960s at the Promenade Theatre and most recently in Athens, Greece in May 2004, Triana has an impressive body of work that includes plays, books of poetry, short stories, novels, and screenplays.

Free

PRESSING BEYOND

Segal Theater

Palestinian American actor and playwright, Suha Al Jurf, will perform Pressing Beyond In Between, which premiered in Ramallah, Palestine. Pressing Beyond explores the journey of an American-born Palestinian woman who goes back to the home country to connect with her roots.

Free

THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL

Segal Theater

The Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program, under the direction of Christopher Durang and Marsha Norman, aids the development of new and diverse voices in the American theatre.

Free

MCC THEATER PLAYWRIGHTS’ COALITION

Segal Theater

MCC Theater Playwrights' Coalition is a development and support organization for emerging New York City playwrights. Membership is by invitation and is based on considerable and sustained knowledge of a playwright's body of work.

Free

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