Revolutionary Plays

Revolutionary Plays Since 2000: The Future of Political Theater

When: Tuesday, May 1
Where: The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave., New York City
What time: 2 p.m. Lasha Bugadze reading; 4 p.m. Laila Soliman reading; 6:30 p.m. panel and discussion

With Lasha Bugadze, Mahmoud Dowlatabadi, Laila Soliman, and The Civilians; hosted by Mike Daisey

Free and open to the public

Co-Sponsored by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and Trust for Mutual Understanding

Lasha Bugadze (Georgia), Laila Soliman (Egypt), Mahmoud Dowlatabadi (Iran), and the Civilians (New York) have all tried to turn street-level protest into art. Did they succeed? Moderator Mike Daisey, the monologist whose The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs has started a media firestorm over working conditions in China, hosts this provocative discussion of art and the revolution.

2:00 pm: Reading, Iced Tea by Lasha Bugadze, Georgia
4:00 pm: Reading, A Diary in Scenes by Laila Soliman, Egypt
6:30 pm: Panel and Discussion
+ Songs from Let Me Ascertain You: Occupy Wall Street, performed by The Civilians


PEN Blogs

• MacKay Wolff:
Only four years separate the birthdates of playwrights Lasha Bugadze and Laila Soliman, yet the revolutions that both lived through in their native countries –he in Georgia, she in Egypt– occurred more than a decade apart…[More]

• Betsy Mead:
Perhaps it was the millennium that whipped up winds of revolution across the world…[More]

• Brook Wilensky-Lanford:
As the audience gathered in the Martin E. Segal Theater at CUNY Grad Center for the third and final session in a day of exploration of Revolutionary Plays Since 2000, you could spot several revolutionaries dressed in red, or with painted faces, and at least one T-shirt with Obama depicted in the style of Che Guevara…[More]