Press Release: New Dramatic Series at The Graduate Center

Four dramatic explorations of immigration and social transition will be featured in a new series of play readings beginning February at the CUNY Graduate Center. Under the overall theme “Dislocation and Reinvention,” the readings will be held on Mondays, February 23, March 15, and April 12, and Wednesday, April 28, all at 7 pm. The series is presented by the Graduate Center’s Martin E. Segal Theatre Center along with The New Group and the Immigrants Theatre Project, and each reading will be followed by a discussion with the playwright and the director. All readings will be held at The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street and are free and open to the public. For further information, please call 212-817-8215. The complete schedule follows:

Monday, February 23 ---7:00 p.m.
FIRST LANGUAGE by Novid Parsi, directed by Victor Maog

In a small town in Iran, a young woman must decide between her lover and a new life in the new world. Then years later, her Americanized son starts a relationship with another man who has just fled from persecution in Iran. The play tracks the costs of transition, or translation, between languages, cultures, and generations.

Monday, March 15 ---7:00 p.m.
WORLD THROWN TIZZY by Joe Hortua, directed by Ian Morgan

Three old immigrant men wait on the beach for news of the outside world to arrive. To pass the time, they replay an imagined all-star soccer match. In this hilarious homage to Samuel Beckett, the loneliness and isolation of immigration are held at bay by the indomitable hope of the world's greatest sport.

Monday, April 12---7:00 p.m.
LOW LIVES by Michael angel Johnson, directed by Suzanne Bennett

Five Points New York in the 1850s. Irish and Chinese working girls. A Madam. A smuggler. A gangster. And the infamous suicide saloon, where the poor come to kill themselves while the rich pay to watch.

Wednesday, April 28 ---7:00 p.m.
ROSA LOSES HER FACE by Kitty Chen, directed by Marcy Arlin

Mother vs. daughter in the eternal battle of wills and values. When "wayward thinking" New Yorker Amy visits her mother Rosa in Los Angeles, Rosa is determined to foist marriage and filial piety onto her, with an airborne roast Peking duck as the weapon of choice.

About the Sponsors:

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (MESTC) is a non-profit center for theater, dance and film that is part of the City University of New York Graduate Center and is affiliated with its Ph.D. Program in Theatre. Originally founded in 1979 as the Center for Advanced Studies in Theatre Arts (CASTA), it was renamed in March of 1999 in recognition of one of New York City’s outstanding leaders of the arts—Martin E. Segal. Strategically positioned on Fifth Avenue and 34th Street near the heart of Manhattan's theater district, MESTC functions as a catalyst for artistic collaboration. The Center's primary focus is to bridge the gap between the academic and professional performing arts communities by providing an open environment for the development of educational, community-driven, and professional projects in the performing arts.

The New Group, founded by artistic director Scott Elliott, produces challenging new plays and revivals. Since 1995, The New Group has been honored 4 OBIE awards, 8 Drama Desk nominations, and three Lucille Lortel awards, among others.

Immigrants Theatre Project presents traditional and experimental plays by and about immigrants to the United States, and has worked with professional immigrant and native-born theatre artists from over 70 countries and ethnic groups. 1992, ITP has presented 5 New Immigrant Theatre Festivals, and has premiered over 80 new plays at Brooklyn Historical Society, Vineyard Theatre, Henry St. Settlement, LaMama, Agassiz Theatre, National Yiddish Book Center, and the Tenement Theater.

The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York. The only consortium of its kind in the nation, The Graduate Center draws its faculty of more than 1,600 members mainly from the CUNY senior colleges and cultural and scientific institutions throughout New York City. According to the most recent National Research Council report, more than a third of The Graduate Center's rated Ph.D. programs rank among the nation's top 20 at public and private institutions.

Submitted on: JAN 1, 2004

Category: Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, Press Room