in cooperation with
the Polish Cultural Institute in New York,
PLAYWRIGHTS BEFORE THE FALL:
EASTERN EUROPEAN DRAMA IN TIMES OF REVOLUTION
book launch, reading, and discussion
part of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe
Monday, November 16, 2009, 6:30 PM
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center
The Graduate Center CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Tickets: free Tel: 212.817.1860
Marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Europe, this first multi-author international anthology of Eastern European plays to appear in English includes Slawomir Mrozek's Portrait, as well as Dusan Jovanovic's Military Secret, Gyorgy Spiro's Chicken Head, Karel Steigerwald's Sorrow, Sorrow, Fear, the Pit, and the Rope, and Matei Visniec's Horses at the Window. The anthology is edited by the acclaimed Polish theater historian and CUNY Professor Daniel Gerould.
The event will feature staged readings of excerpts from the five plays presented by leading directors - Paul Bargetto (Mrozek), Ivan Talijancic (Jovanovic), Pamela Billig (Spiro), Stepan Simek (Steigerwald) and Beata Pilch (Visniec) - and a panel discussion about the playwrights' roles in the theatrical revolution of the 1980s, in which a number of the authors and translators will participate, and which will be moderated by renowned Polish actress Elzbieta Czyzewska.
Presented by The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center CUNY as part of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe, a performing arts festival marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, presented by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in partnership with key New York City cultural organizations and academic institutions, November 2009 - March 2010. www.performingrevolution.org.
The staged reading of Portrait is organized in cooperation with the Polish Cultural Institute in New York. The publication has been supported by the Czech Center, the Hungarian Cultural Center, the Polish Cultural Institute, the Romanian Cultural Institute, and the Consulate General of Slovenia, all based in New York.
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