Press Release: May Public Programs

The City University of New York Graduate Center announces the following public programs to be held during the month of May at The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street.

Monday, May 1

Documentary Theatre:
An Evening with Israeli Playwright & Director Igal Ezraty    
(discussion) 6:30 pm

Igal Ezraty is one of the founders of the Arab-Hebrew Theatre in Jaffa, Israel.  His play, The Refusniks’ Trial, was compiled from the court proceedings of the young Israeli men who refused to serve in the military as a nonviolent form of resistance.  Izraty's directing work centers around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  An excerpt reading of The Refusniks’ Trial will be directed by Chris Mirto.  This series, curated by Dr. Carol Martin of New York University, is presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; for information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

The Big Apple Chorus Concert:
An A Cappella Performance of Swing, Blues, Barbershop, Jazz, Gospel, and Broadway Tunes
(concert) 7-9 pm

At this evening with the Big Apple Chorus, thirty members of the world-renowned singing group will blaze their way through a vast repertoire of swing, blues, barbershop, jazz, gospel, Broadway and patriotic arrangements. Recognized as one of the best a cappella choruses in the United States, they have performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to St. Petersburg, Russia.  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  $15, $10 seniors

Tuesday, May 2

Dislocation and Re-invention:
International Plays about the Experience of Immigration
Cold Cargo by Maxim Biller (Germany)

(play reading) 6:30 pm

In Cold Cargo a group of four Chinese men have paid to be smuggled to England.  In the last stage of their journey, when they are hidden inside a refrigerated truck container in Dover, their dreams of a better life, their homesickness, and their ties to organized crime are all revealed.  Based on an actual incident from 2000.  The reading is directed by Ari Edelson and presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

Wednesday, May 3

An Evening with Italian Playwright
Dacia Maraini
(reading & discussion) 6:30 pm

Thisevening with prominent Italian playwright Dacia Maraini will feature video and film clips; readings of excerpts from Camille, about Camille Claudel, and Notarbartolo: Un uomo giusto (Notarbartolo: A Righteous Man), a completely new play; and a panel discussion with experts on Maraini's work, including special guests Judith Malina and Hanon Reznikov of The Living Theatre, and Jane House, founder of Jane House Productions. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; for information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

An Evening with Robert Bly
Opening of the People’s Poetry Gathering
(lecture) 7 pm

Robert Bly opens the People's Poetry Gathering with a keynote address about working with poetry across languages, including readings from his own poems and translations.  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  $12, $8 seniors & students

Thursday, May 4

Gotham
Poetry and History
(reading & discussion) 6:30-9 pm

Part of the People’s Poetry Gathering, this forum will highlight some of the relationships between the work of New York City-based poets who expressed a personal and collective vision of the City, the period they wrote about, and the social history unfolding at the time, featuring poets reading poems from different eras in New York and scholars commenting on the poetry.  Participating scholars and poets will include Bob Holman, Elisa New, Carmen Boullosa, and David Levering Lewis.  This event is presented by the Gotham Center for New York City History.  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

Coney Island
in the 21st Century
(discussion) 7-9 pm

Remember The Cyclone Rollercoaster, The Steeplechase, The Wonder Wheel, The Parachute Jump, and the world-famous Coney Island hot dog?  More than just a historic landmark, Coney Island is a landmark in the childhood memories of thousands. Join Dick Zigun, founder of the Coney Island Museum, the Mermaid Parade, and Sideshows by the Seashore, for an intimate look at the history, characters, and tales of this legendary place, and a discussion of its future in the 21st century.  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215. $15; $10 seniors & students

Friday, May 5

The American Theatre Wing’s Working in the Theatre Seminar

(discussion) 11:45am

For 30 years, the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, has gathered the top professionals in the New York theatre scene—actors, directors, producers, authors, choreographers, and designers—to participate in its ongoing series of lively panel discussions on the art and business of theatre, an expansive and entertaining look into the creative process of theatre. Seminars will be broadcast on CUNY-TV.  To be admitted, arrive by 11:45am; for information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  $10

Holly Near in Concert
(concert) 7:30 pm

A major vocal talent, entertainer, teacher and activist, Holly Near is also defined by her passion for human rights. For more than 25 years, she has traveled to every corner of the country and around the world, singing for peace and justice. From concert halls to rally stages, Near's voice gives strength to those on the front lines of struggle. At this rare concert appearance, Near will sign copies of her new CD.  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  $25

Saturday, May 6

Poetry Bash
(day of readings, discussions, & performances) 11 am-5 pm

Part of the People’s Poetry Gathering, his day-long poetry bash will highlight poetry from endangered and contested languages and New York City poems. Programs for the day will include a special feature on Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, and Irish music and poetry, with Welsh poets Iwan Llwyd, Robert Minhinnick, Gwyneth Lewis; Belfast performance poet Gear—id MacLochlainn; and the Scottish band Cliar. Poet and musician Kewulay Kamara will offer a first ever US performance of The Dankawali Village Epic. Native American Alaskan Tlingit poet Nora Dauenhauer will read from her work. The bash will also include programs by Sicilian and Russian poetry groups; readings by Galway Kinnell and Sekou Sundiata; a Pakistani mushaira; a lecture by Mark Abley, author of Spoken Here: Travels among the World's Threatened Languages; a participatory creation of a New York City epic and all-day open mics.  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  $12, $10 seniors & students

Harrigan and Hart, with Mick Moloney
Early Evening Performance
(performance & presentation) 6-7:30 pm

Though they are all but forgotten today, the team of Harrigan and Hart dominated American musical theater in the late nineteenth century.  Harrigan and Hart drew extensively on life in lower-class Irish-American neighborhoods in New York City, creating work that afforded unique insight into 19th-century Irish-American urban life.  At this early-evening performance of the People’s Poetry Gathering, master Irish musician Mick Moloney explores this rich world of music, song, drama and social history in a talk richly illustrated by audiovisual materials as well as recordings and live performances.  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  $12, $10 seniors & students

Tongue Tripping: Evening Concert
Cliar, Ulali, & The Michael Alpert and the Heymland Klezmer Esemble
(concert) 8-9:30

The evening concert of the People’s Poetry Gathering, this musical tribute to the world's diverse languages will include performances by The Michael Alpert and the Heymland Klezmer Esemble (Yiddish), Cliar (Scots Gaelic), and Ulali (Native American).  The concert will end with musicians and poets improvising on the subject of language with a Tower of Babel jam.  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  $30, $25 seniors & students

Monday, May 8

Edwin Booth Award Ceremony
2006 Recipient:  HERE Arts Center
(award presentation & discussion) 6:30 pm

The Edwin Booth Award was established in 1983 by the Doctoral Theatre Students Association to honor a person, organization, or company for their outstanding contribution to the New York City theatre community.  This year’s recipient will be HERE Arts Center.  The award promotes integration of the professional and academic theatre communities.  Past honorees include Paula Vogel (2005), Tony Kushner (2002), Richard Foreman (1997), Arthur Miller (1992), Joseph Papp (1989), Ellen Stewart (1984) and The Royal Shakespeare Company (1983).  Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; for information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free  

Tuesday, May 9

Truth Serum Blues

(theatrical performance) 6:30-8:30 pm; also Wednesday, May 10

Performed by Ismail Khalidi in collaboration with Bassam Jarbawi,  Truth Serum Blues is a play that deals with the reality of what it means to be Middle Eastern in our modern world.  What is terrorism?  Patriotism?  Loyalty?  Sedition?  What is freedom of speech and freedom of imagination?  Truth Serum Blues freely tackles such questions head on through music, poetry, photography and film.  Presented by the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center; for information contact 212-817-7570.  Free

Thursday, May 11

Documentary Theatre: 
A Evening with Writer-Performer Marc Wolf
(discussion) 6:30 pm

Marc Wolf is the award-winning author and performer of Another American: Asking and Telling, a documentary play about gays and the military. Wolf's most recent documentary, The Road Home: Re-Membering America, is based on a collection of interviews he conducted on his journey across the country in the wake of September 11th. This series, curated by Dr. Carol Martin of New York University, is presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; for information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free    

Monday, May 15

Big Bang
A New Musical Work
(performance)  6 pm

The Graduate Center’s Science & the Arts series presents this live performance of a new musical work inspired by astrophysics.  Composer Patrick Grant combines live performance with cutting-edge technology; with narration by Dr. Charles Liu, astrophysicist on the faculty of The College of Staten Island, CUNY.  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

Documentary Theatre:
An Evening with Playwright Emily Mann
(discussion) 6:30 pm

Emily Mann is a preeminent American documentary playwright. Her plays are created from extensive interviews, documents, and newspaper accounts. They include Still Life, a play about the Vietnam War's impact on domestic lives in the United States; Execution of Justice, which reexamines the 1978 murder of Harvey Milk; and Greensboro: A Requiem, a reinvestigation of the 1979 murders of anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstrators in North Carolina.  This series, curated by Dr. Carol Martin of New York University, is presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; for information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

Brent Scowcroft
Former National Security Advisor
(discussion) 6:45 pm

Brent Scowcroft has served five US presidents and is the only person to have served two presidents—Gerald Ford and George Bush—as National Security Advisor. Both of these terms occurred during some of the most momentous times in our nation's history. With the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, it was National Security Advisor Scowcroft who coined the term and laid the foundation for the New World Order. At this event, he will discuss his extensive experience in foreign policy and national security affairs. For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  $15, $10 seniors

Tuesday, May 16

Dislocation and Re-invention:
Plays about the Experience of Immigration
The Sheep and the Whale
, by Ahmed Ghazali
(play reading) 6:30 pm

In Moroccan-born Canadian writer Ahmed Ghazali’s play, boat full of Moroccan stowaways sinks into the Straits of Gibraltar when it is struck by a Russian freighter.  The bodies are recovered, but neither Morocco nor Spain will claim them.  Suspended in the chasm separating North and South, the ship's deck, littered with corpses, becomes an open-air stage on which the characters play out the world's dramas. Directed by Jaye Austin Williams and presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; for information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

Wednesday, May 17

Facing the Enemy:  German-Jewish Refugees in the War against Nazi
Germany
(lecture) 6:15 pm

The lecture will focus on the role German-Jewish refugees played as members of the US armed forces, especially as interpreters and counterintelligence officers. Steven F. Remy, associate professor of history at Brooklyn College and author of monographs including The Heidelberg Myth: The Nazification and Denazification of a German University, will also discuss refugees’ roles in the postwar war crimes trials, including the Nuremberg Trials.  Presented by the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies. For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

Thursday, May 18

CUNYarts
New Works by CUNY MFA Writers and Filmmakers
(readings & film screenings) 6:30-8 pm

An evening of award-winning film, fiction, and poetry from MFA students throughout the CUNY system.  Presented by the Center for the Humanities; for information, contact 212-817-2005.  Free

Monday, May 22

“Intelligent Design” under the Microscope
(conference) 5-9 pm

This evening of presentations on the controversial movement of Intelligent Design is part of The Graduate Center’s Science & the Arts series.  What is the history of the movement?  What are its scientific claims?  What impact will it have on our schools?  Hear speakers from the fields of science, journalism, theology, and law. Co-organized with the Center for Inquiry; supported in part by the Albert and Lin Bildner Foundation.  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

Fifty Years of The Drama Review    
(discussion) 6:30 pm

TDR, the journal of performance studies, is a forum for writing about performances in their aesthetic, historical, social, economic, political, and theoretical contexts.  Edited by Richard Schechner and associate editor Mariellen R. Sandford, TDR covers international performance of all kinds, including aesthetic theatre and dance, ritual, media, performance art, popular entertainments, and sports. In this discussion of the journal’s history and impact will include Carol Martin, Richard Schechner and others.  Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; for information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free
 
Wednesday, May 24

Argentinean Theatre: Buenos Aires in Translation (BAiT)  
(reading & discussion) 6:30 pm

Buenos Aires is the epicenter of playwriting in Latin America. This fall, four of that city's most dynamic playwrights will collaborate with New York theatre companies. Get a sneak preview at a reading of excerpts from a selection of newly translated plays by Argentinean theatre artists Lola Arias, Federico LeĆ³n, Rafael Spregelburd and Daniel Veronese. With directors Brooke O’Hara, Jay Scheib and Pavol Liska; translator Jean Graham-Jones (professor of theatre at The Graduate Center); Performance Space 122's Artistic Director Vallejo Gantner; and BAiT's Creative Producer Shoshana Polanco.  Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; for information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

Thursday, May 25

Paul Robeson, Jr.
A Black Way of Seeing: From “Liberty” to Freedom
(book talk) 7 pm

Paul Robeson, Jr., discusses his new book, A Black Way of Seeing: From “Liberty” to Freedom, a powerful, forward-looking indictment of contemporary American politics. Robeson begins with the idea that “the language of the Declaration of Independence could not have used the word freedom without directly confronting the issue of slavery as the ultimate denial of liberty,” going on to say that Black Americans are still waiting for their freedom. In the tradition of James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son, Robeson's book explores why Black empowerment has failed and articulates what it will take for Black Americans to finally cross over to the status of fully empowered citizens. He argues that when Black Americans begin to change the status quo, they will change not only their own status in America, but America itself.  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215. $15, $10 seniors

Submitted on: APR 1, 2006

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