Kennedy Center Announces Lineup for WORLD STAGES: International Theater Festival 2014

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will host 22 theatrical offerings from 20 different countries during WORLD STAGES: International Theater Festival 2014 that will run for three weeks March 10-30, 2014 throughout the Center. The international festival features contemporary theater works offering 13 fully staged productions, 4 theater-focused installations, 3 readings of new works, and 2 forums. From Olivier and Tony Award-winning puppetry to innovative perspectives on old classics, a diverse showcase of theatrical expression will be represented by countries spanning the globe including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, England, France, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Pakistan, Palestine, Scotland, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, and the United States.

"WORLD STAGES is the Center's first theater-focused international festival," explains WORLD STAGES: International Theater Festival 2014 curator Alicia Adams. "Over the span of three weeks, audiences will have the unique opportunity to experience works by some of the very best theater companies from across the globe-all under one roof at the Kennedy Center. Featuring many new and innovative works, most not yet seen in the U.S., the festival will showcase top-notch and diverse theatrical expression from cultures around the world."

Among the festival's many offerings, the Bristol Old Vic's Artistic Director Tom Morris and Handspring Puppet Company, known for their collaboration on the Tony Award® winning play War Horse, reimagine Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. World-renowned Academy Award® nominee Dame Janet Suzman will perform in the U.S. premiere production of Solomon and Marion from South Africa's Baxter Theatre Centre. The National Theatre of China makes the U.S. premiere of its production, Green Snake directed by one of China's most highly acclaimed female directors, Tian Qinxin. In an ever- timely production, one of Australia's most renowned playwrights takes on media mogul Rupert Murdoch in an eponymous production by the Melbourne Theatre Company, which makes its international debut. Olivier Award winning playwright Ariel Dorfman's award winning play La Muerte y La Doncella (Death and the Maiden) is presented by Chile's LA MAFIA Teatro, and much more.

Information about the festival can be found on the following pages, online at kennedy-center.org/worldstages.

WORLD STAGES: International Theater Festival 2014 Schedule*
*Artists and performances are subject to change

March 10, 2014

Hall of States/Hall of Nations

Installations Open

Raw to Real: Carving Theater - Handspring Puppet Company
Pequeno Teatro (Little Theater) - Rosa Magalhães

March 11, 2014

Atrium/Atrium Foyers

Installations Open

5x6: Costume Designs for the American Theater
Five Truths - A touring installation from the Victoria and Albert Museum

March 11 - 13, 2014

Terrace Theater

The Suit

Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (France)

March 12 - 15, 2014

Eisenhower Theater

Rupert

Melbourne Theatre Company (Australia)

March 14 - 16, 2014

Terrace Gallery

Incendios

Tapioca Inn (Mexico)

March 14 - 16, 2014

Family Theater

La Muerte y La Doncella (Death and the Maiden)

LA MAFIA Teatro (Chile)

March 15 - 16, 2014

Terrace Theater

Harmsaga

The National Theatre of Iceland (Iceland)

March 18, 2014

Terrace Gallery

Staged Reading of The Petrol Station SABAB Theatre (Kuwait/England)

March 19 - 22, 2014

Family Theater

Savannah Bay

Théâtre de l'Atelier (France)

March 20 - 23, 2014

Eisenhower Theater

A Midsummer Night's Dream




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