2018 Fall Season Announced at The Segal Center

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY RA present the fifteenth annual PRELUDE Festival. Dedicated to artists at the forefront of contemporary New York City theatre and performance, PRELUDE 2018 features an array of artists working in theatrical and interdisciplinary performance. The festival gives audiences and artists a survey of the current New York moment via in-process performances, conversations, presentations, and workshops-all completely free and open to the public. Featuring Pig Iron Theatre Company, Kristine Haruna Lee & Aya Ogawa, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Julia May Jonas & Sarah Hughes, and many more. For full lineup and schedule: www.preludenyc.org

Vegard Vinge (Norway) + Ida Müller (Germany), October 22: The Segal Center is honored to welcome the radical Norwegian/ German theatre artists Vegard Vinge and Ida Müller in their first visit to the U.S. Throughout the day, Vinge and Müller will personally introduce premiere screenings of excerpts from all their work, including a new, widely anticipated film project.

Orhan Pamuk's Snow, October 22: Nobel Prize laureate in Literature Orhan Pamuk called Snow "my first and last political novel." Set in the small city of Kars in northeastern Turkey, it tells a story of violence and tension between political Islamists, soldiers, secularists, and Kurdish and Turkish nationalists. An international sensation, the novel has been adapted for the stage in France by Blandine Savetier and Waddah Saab. After the American Premiere staged reading, translated by Taylor Gaines, Pamuk joins in conversation with Frank Hentschker, Executive Director of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.

Japanese Playwrights Project 2018, November 12 + 13: After the success of the first edition of the Japanese Playwrights Project (JPP) in 2007 once again the Segal Center brings some of the brightest, most innovative, and most engaging emerging playwrights from Japan to New York to develop their pieces through translation into English and public readings of the work. The Japan Playwrights Project plays an important role in introducing contemporary writing and dramaturgy from Japan to the US.

All events are presented at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016). Events are ALWAYS FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. NO RESERVATIONS. Dates and times are listed below. All programs are subject to change. For updates, please visit www.theSegalCenter.org.

THE SEGAL CENTER 2018 SPRING SCHEDULE:

Thursday + Friday, September 27 + 28
Towards Arab Dramaturgies

Symposium
Day One: 2:00pm - 9:00pm | Conference Room #9206 (9th Floor, GC CUNY)

Day Two: 9:00am - 6:30pm | Skylight Room #9100 (9th Floor, GC CUNY)
Contemporary theatre and performance in the Arabic world is a diverse and contested set of practices that are unfolding in a fast-changing political and culturally complex region. In this situation, the performing
arts are under pressure to independently produce new work, uphold traditions-and simultaneously to speak about contemporary lives, nationalism, class, race, religion, gender and new forms of theatre. In this symposium, we ask how theatre can continue to grow, develop artistically and continue to be a voice in the future of the Arabic world. How can the theatre in the region thrive?

Thursday - Saturday, October 4 - 6
Prelude 2018

All Day, Segal Theatre and Elebash Recital Hall

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY is pleased
to present the fifteenth annual PRELUDE Festival. Dedicated to artists at the forefront of contemporary New York City theatre and performance, PRELUDE 2018 features an array of artists working in theatrical and interdisciplinary performance. The festival gives audiences and artists a survey of the current New York moment via in-process performances, conversations, presentations, and workshops-all completely free and open to the public. For full lineup and schedule: www.preludenyc.org

Monday, October 22
Vegard Vinge (Norway) + Ida Müller (Germany)

6:30pm, Segal Theatre I Artist Talk + All Day Screenings

The Segal Center is honored to welcome the radical Norwegian/ German theatre artists Vegard Vinge and Ida Müller in their first visit to the U.S. Throughout the day, Vinge and Müller will personally introduce premiere screenings of excerpts from all their work, including a new, widely anticipated film project.

Thursday, October 24
Orhan Pamuk's Snow

6:30pm, Segal Theatre | Staged Reading

Nobel Prize laureate in Literature Orhan Pamuk called Snow "my first and last political novel." Set in the small city of Kars in northeastern Turkey, it tells a story of violence and tension between political Islamists, soldiers, secularists, and Kurdish and Turkish nationalists. An international sensation, the novel has been adapted for the stage in France by Blandine Savetier and Waddah Saab. After the American Premiere staged reading, translated by Taylor Gaines, Pamuk joins in conversation with Frank Hentschker, Executive Director of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.

Monday, October 29
Black Acting Methods

with Sharrell D. Luckett

6:30pm Discussion + 2:00pm Interactive Seminar | Segal Theatre

Celebrating the recent publication of Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches (Routledge 2017), Dr. Sharrell D. Luckett will host a conversation with fellow theatre teachers, researchers and makers concerning the decolonization of acting methods and pedagogies. While recent conversations tend to focus on norms of representation, this event seeks to explore the myriad eurocentric assumptions that are at play in the formative process of acting, and to present alternatives that stem from African legacies, sensibilities, and experiences. In addition to the public conversation, a closed session for interested actors will take place during the afternoon. Registration to the session is required by RSVP to blackactingmethods@gmail.com. Space is limited.

Thursday, November 8
The Magnificent Peony Dreams

with Choreographer Yin Mei

6:30pm Installation Performance + 2:00pm Screenings | Segal Theatre

Join us for a day exploring the works and vision of Yin Mei, Chinese-American choreographer, performer, director, and professor of Dance at Queens College, CUNY in conversation with visiting scholars and professors from China as part of the exchange partnership between Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA, China), the Theatre Department at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.

Monday + Tuesday, November 12 + 13
Japanese Playwrights Project 2018

All Day, Segal Theatre I Readings + Discussion
After the success of the first edition of the Japanese Playwrights Project (JPP) in 2007, the Segal Center once again brings some of the brightest, most innovative, and most engaging emerging playwrights from Japan to New York to develop their pieces through translation into English and public readings of the work. The Japan Playwrights Project plays an important role in introducing contemporary writing and dramaturgy from Japan to the US.

Monday, November 12

2:00pm Favonia's Fruitless Fable (??????)

written by Satoko Ichihara, directed by Kristine Haruna Lee, translated by Aya Ogawa

5:00pm Sokonaizu (?????)

written by Jun Tsutsui, directed by Soraya Broukhim, translated by Tomoyuki Arai

7:00pm Avidya - No Lights Inn (?????????)

written by Kuro Tanino, directed by Mallory Catlett, translated by Mari Boyd

Tuesday, November 13

4:00pm Isla, Isla, Isla! (????????????)

written by Yudai Kamisato, directed by Sarah Hughes, performed by Tony Torn, translated by Aya Ogawa

7:00pm A Question of Faeries (?????)

written and directed by Satoko Ichihara, performed by Kyoko Takenaka

Monday, November 26
50 Years to 1968

A Sit-In Seminar

All Day, Segal Theatre
In an all-day event, the Segal Center and the Doctoral Students of Theatre and Performance will stage a critical homage to the 1968 sit-ins and alternative modes of congregation, inviting students, activists, scholars, artists and workers to share the space, sit together, talk, perform, meet and listen. The sit-in at the Segal will create an open forum for participants from different groups and areas to debate, experiment and re-imagine the political roles and potential of the student body and its collaborators today - both inside and outside the university.

Monday, December 3
Parliament (1st NY Session)

with Michael Kliën (Austria)

4:30pm Performance + 8:30pm Artist Talk | Segal Theatre
Parliament: A choreographic site for citizens. is a pioneering work of situational choreography and exploration of ecological aesthetics. The work offers participants a critically needed withdrawal from normal modes of social action and provides instead an innovative site for 21st-century experimentalist cooperation. Embedded in the immediacy of Michael Kliën's choreographic framework, citizen-performers, working in silence, come together to bear witness to and hold council amidst the elemental phenomena and fundamental concerns of collectively lived experience.

Monday, December 10
Performing Knowledge: What Does Learning Feel Like? Lecture Performances

with Meg Araneo, Patricia Clough, Jon McKenzie, Aneta Stojnic, and others
All Day, Segal Theatre
Un-covering and celebrating the latent performative potential of any pedagogical situation, prominent scholars and graduate students convene to consider such basic, yet often neglected questions: what does learning feel like? Philosopher and political scientist Wendy Brown calls upon scholars to recover "what is ineffably moving, sublime, or meaningful in the humanities." Performing Knowledge seeks to do exactly that, focusing on the Humanities' struggles with trends of neoliberalism.

Wednesday, December 12
Devised Theatre: Curating, Producing, Presenting

A Practical Roundtable

6:30pm Discussion + 3:00pm Workshop + 5:30pm Book Talk, Segal Theatre
What is devised theater? This form, which confounds traditional notions of theatermaking, is itself confounding. It has come to mean many different (and sometimes conflicting) things, depending on the context. Join our working group discussion, featuring producing institutions, funders, artists, legal experts, and scholars, as we attempt to create a comprehensive definition for the "devised theater." What happens when the collaboration expands beyond traditional definitions? How is the work curated, produced, presented, compensated and credited? Organized and led by Andrew Kircher, Director of The Public Theater's Devised Theater Initiative, and an afternoon workshop with the Dramatist Guild on their new devised theater contract templates.

Monday, December 17
Experimental Theatre + Performance Publishing

with 3 Hole Press, 53rd State Press, and Ugly Duckling Presse

6:30pm Discussion, Segal Theatre
Why publish a play in the 21st century? What are the limits of performance and paper-and what becomes possible when they converge? Can something be so analog that it becomes futuristic? In the last decades, independent publishing houses have taken up the challenge to re-think the relationship between print and performance in our times of post-dramatic theatre and ubiquitous virtual texts. Join Mac Wellman, publishers Matvei Yankelevich (Ugly Duckling Presse), Kate Kremer (53rd State Press), Rachel Kauder Nalebuff (3 Hole Press) and affiliate artists from each press for conversations and readings from newly released works.

About the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center: The Segal Center bridges the gap between the academic and performing arts communities through dynamic public programs and digital initiatives that are free and open to all. Home to theatre artists, scholars, students, performing arts managers, and the local and international performance communities, the Segal Center provides a supportive environment for conversation, open exchange, and the development of new ideas and new work. Year round, the Center presents a wide variety of FREE public programs, which feature leading national and International Artists, scholars, and arts professionals in conversation about theatre and performance. Programs include staged readings to further the development of new and classic plays, festivals celebrating New York performance (PRELUDE) and international plays (PEN World Voices), screenings of performance works on film, artists in conversation, academic lecture series, televised seminars, symposia, and arts in education programs. In addition, the Center maintains its long-standing visiting-scholars-from-abroad program, publishes a series of highly regarded academic journals, as well as single volumes of importance (including plays in translation), all written and edited by renowned scholars. www.thesegalcenter.org.

The Graduate Center, CUNY, of which the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is an integral part, is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York (CUNY). An internationally recognized center for advanced studies and a national model for public doctoral education, the school offers more than thirty doctoral programs, as well as a number of master's programs. Many of its faculty members are among the world's leading scholars in their respective fields, and its alumni hold major positions in industry and government, as well as in academia. The Graduate Center is also home to twenty-eight interdisciplinary research centers and institutes focused on areas of compelling social, civic, cultural, and scientific concerns. Located in a landmark Fifth Avenue building, The Graduate Center has become a vital part of New York City's intellectual and cultural life with its extensive array of public lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical events. www.gc.cuny.edu.

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