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a reading of the play followed by conversation with the playwright
in the "Global Scenes" International Play Reading series
by Malgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk

Saturday, June 21, 2008, 1:00 PM

International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Long Wharf Theatre, Stage II
222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT
Tickets: $15, Tel: 888.278.4332, 203.498.1212

Continuing social and political upheaval provides rich subject matter for Eastern European playwrights. Death of the Squirrel Man, by Malgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk, traces a thin line between patriotism and terrorism and will represent Poland in the prestigious "New Plays from Europe" festival in Wiesbaden this year. The play is about Ulrike Meinhof - a leading figure in the 1970's German left-wing terrorist group The Red Army Faction (RAF). Though the play relates to the real members of the terrorist group and to the bloody events that shook up Germany in the 1970s, it is by no means a realistic, historical play. Instead shows revolution in a playful and grotesque manner, depicting the revolutionaries as pop culture icons.

"Global Scenes" will also present dramas by Hungarian Janos Hay and Romanian-born Saviana Stanescu.

Death of the Squirrel Man translated by Jadwiga Kosicka.

Also, on Sunday, June 22, at 4 PM, Polish theater critic and dramaturge Malgorzata Semil will join a Symposium on International Theater.

Playwrights in the Global Scenes readings will be featured in a Symposium on International Theater, a lively discussion about what it means to share narratives across cultures, the importance of translation, and other issues affecting theater in an increasingly international community. Joe Roach, professor of theater studies at Yale and founder of the World Performance Project, moderates a discussion with Polish theater critic and dramaturge Malgorzata Semil, Melanie Joseph of New York's world-renowned Foundry Theatre, and Malaysian theater artist Huzir Sulaiman, artistic director of Singapore's Checkpoint Theatre.

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