Italian and American Playwrights Project
New York, Nov. 27, 2017
UMANISM NYC – MARTIN SEGAL THEATRE CENTER (GRADUATE CENTER CUNY)
ITALIAN PLAYWRIGHTS PROJECT
2nd edition 2017/2018
A day dedicated to new Italian plays and
European theatre in New York in the new millennium.
Building strategies to facilitate the dissemination of Italian and American contemporary dramaturgy through the translation,
publication and promotion of contemporary plays in the US and Italy.
MONDAY, December 4th, 2017
12:00pm: Roundtable and Networking Lunch
Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 686 Park Avenue, NYC 10065
Evening Presentation of Italian Plays
6:30pm: Excerpted play readings by a selection of the most rappresentative italian dramaturgy
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 5th Avenue, NYC 10016
Free and open to the public. First come, first served.
Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center CUNY 365 Fifth Ave. at 34th Street
www. The Segal Center.org
After the success of the first edition of the Italian Playwrights Project (IPP, 2015/16) and a special evening dedicated to the work of Stefano Massini last year, once again Valeria Orani, Director of Umanism NY, with Frank Hentschker, Director of the Segal Center (Graduate Center – CUNY) will collaborate to present to the american audience a selection of the most rappresentative italian dramaturgy.
The initiative will bring some of the brightest, innovative, and most engaging playwrights from Italy to New York to develop their pieces through translation into English and public readings of the work. The Italian Playwrights Project plays an important role in introducing contemporary writing from Italy to the US. The project restarted an artistic dialogue between the two countries which has been sporadic over the last 30 years.
Participants of 2015/16 IPP included Lucia Calamaro, Daria Deflorian & Antonio Tagliarini, Fausto Paravidino, and Michele Santeramo.
AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS PROJECT the same project dedicated to the US playwrights will also be presented in Rome, Italy on December 14th, 2017.
The final selection of the Italian playwrights by the American Advisory Board on the Italian Advisory Board suggestion included (in alphabetical order):
1. The Horizon of the Events (L'ORIZZONTE DEGLI EVENTI) by Elisa Casseri
2. My Hero (MIO EROE) by Giuliana Musso
3. A Notebook for the Winter (UN QUADERNO PER INVERNO)by Armando Pirozzi
4. The Great Walk (LA GRANDE PASSEGGIATA) by Fabrizio Sinisi
· Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York (Giorgio Van Straten, Director).
· Media Partner Radio3 RAI.
· The upcoming anthology of New Plays from Italy from the 2015 IPP has been translated thanks to a grant by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Opening Day of 2017/18 Italian Playwrights Project
- AFTERNOON EVENT: 12:00 pm, December 4, 2017:
Building strategies to facilitate the dissemination of Italian and American contemporary dramaturgy through the translation, publication and promotion of contemporary plays in the US and Italy.
ROUND-TABLE and NETWORKING LUNCH with producers, artistic directors and playwrights
with Giorgio Van Straten, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute NY;
Hentschker, Director of the Segal Center (Graduate Center – CUNY)
Valeria Orani, Director of Umanism NY
Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 686 Park Avenue, (btwn 68th and 69th), Manhattan.
EVENING PRESENTATION 6:30 pm, December 4, 2017:
Featuring excerpted readings with New York actors from:
The Horizon of the Events (L'ORIZZONTE DEGLI EVENTI) by Elisa Casseri
My Hero (MIO EROE) by Giuliana Musso
A Notebook for the Winter (UN QUADERNO PER INVERNO)by Armando Pirozzi
The Great Walk (LA GRANDE PASSEGGIATA) by Fabrizio Sinisi
Followed by a discussion with directors, curators and Italian author Elisa Casseri, who was invited to come to New York for the readings.
Location: Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center CUNY 365 Fifth Ave. at 34th Street - www.The Segal Center.org
More about the Italian Playwrights Project:
The Segal Center invited Italian Artistic Director Valeria Orani from 369gradi (Italy) and Umanism (NY) to collaborate on this ambitious new translation, performance and publishing initiative. “Valeria’s initiative is the most significant Italian playwright project in the last two decades in the Americas, and we are honoured to be able to support this project,” says Segal Center Executive Director Dr. Frank Hentschker. Valeria Orani adds: “We have a truly fantastic selection of some of the most significant contemporary Italian playwrights working today and we believe that American audiences will connect with the themes in their works.”
More about the American Playwrights Project:
Rome (Italy) Dec. 14, 2017 – Teatro Vascello. The experience of running the Italian Playwrights Project in New York in the years 2015-17 has emphasized how important it is to introduce Italy’s contemporary theatrical work in the US and vice versa.
Umanism and Martin Segal were both motivated by the collaboration with the italian production 369gradi since the very beginning. Thanks to the support of Teatro Vascello in Rome, Umanism and Martin Segal are both working to offer this experience to American authors whose work has never been translated or performed in Italy. We would like the American Playwrights Project to be the replica of our successful Italian Playwrights Project series. The American University of Rome is involved as partner in the project, offering help with facilitating the discussion about playwriting, its potential use as cultural exchange, the process of translating the work, contributing to the future vision of the project and eventual live performances.
The Italian and American Playwrights Project has three principal goals:
- To raise the awareness of contemporary Italian and American writing for the stage in the Americas and in Italy and to foster the development of collaborative relationships between playwrights from Italy and American theatre artists and vice versa
- facilitate the collaborations between the authors, translators, directors, actors, publishers, and producers through workshops, meetings
and exchanges in Italy and in US
- The publication of a translated anthology of the selected plays
The Media Partner of Italian and American Playwrights Project is RAI Radio3 www.radio3.rai.it/
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
About Umanism NYC: Umanism is a company dedicated to the promotion and support of contemporary Italian culture and its professionals in New York. A movement, an open platform connecting Italy to the USA recognizing and expanding the creative potential of projects by Italian artists, supporting them in each step of the production and communication in the larger and more challenging context of New York www.umanism.com
About 369gradi Contemporary Culture Production: In 2003, Valeria Orani founded "369gradi", a production and curatorial company as well as a Center for the promotion and distribution of Italian culture, based in Rome, Italy. "369gradi" mission is to investigate new possibilities in contemporary art, performing arts and drama. In 2013 alone 369gradi produced over 12 award-winning ensembles pieces, presented at major Italian theatres and festivals. www.369gradi.it