World Voices: International Play Festival 2017 – Day Three
Nine Plays From Five Continents
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2017. As part of the 2017 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the Segal Center will showcase play readings by nine of the world’s most respected dramatists. With the writers hailing from five different continents, 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 discussion with the playwright.
Sunday, May 7
DESERT OF LIGHT (Syria)
by Rama Haydar; translated by Rama Haydar & Rebekah Maggor
As the brutal siege rages outside, two Palestinian refugees debate the best plan of escape. Set outside Damascus in the Yarmouk refugee camp, this black tragicomedy reveals the catastrophic absurdity of the Syrian civil war.
PARALLEL TIME (Palestine)
by Bashar Murkus; translated by Rebekah Maggor
Parallel Time, a disturbingly humorous prison play, evokes the daily struggle of life behind bars for a group of Palestinian political prisoners in an Israeli jail. It follows their collective fight to overcome the despair of long-term incarceration.
SISTER MOK-RAHN (South Korea)
by Eun-sung Kim; translated by Dayoung Jeong
Desperate to reunite with her parents, a North Korean defector decides to return to her nation’s capital, Pyongyang. All she needs is 50 million won. Thus she is forced to navigate South Korean capitalism.
Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center CUNY.
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Schedule subject to radical change.
The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2016 has been made possible by the support of Susan and Jack Rudin(†) and Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair, The Graduate Center CUNY.