Between January and April, I will participate in two Zoom/Facebook livestreams: the first will be an introduction to the Pirandello Society of America, “Meet the PSA: Pirandello in the 21st Century” (January 22 at 2 pm EST) and the second will be a lecture on “Staging, Performing , and Directing Pirandello” in which I will focus on Pirandello in Argentina (April 2nd, 2 pm EST). For updates and a link to these events you can follow the PSA Facebook page. The full program of Pirandello ON AIR is here.
After 6 years and a half, I finally concluded my Theatre and Performance studies for my second PhD, with the defense of my dissertation “The Argentines of Paris: Theatrical Networks and Assemblages.” After so much reading and writing, I now look forward to devoting some more time to practical artistic projects. In the pic, left to right, my committee: Peter Eckersall, myself, Jean Graham-Jones (dissertation director), and Marvin Carlson.
Double paper presentation coming up at the ATHE Conference “Theatre of Revolution” in Boston. The first, “Oscillating Between Mythical Past and Recent Events: Alexis. A Greek Tragedy by Motus as a Mechanism for Revolt” for the Performance Studies Focus Group and the second “How to Become an Argentine of Paris: The Lavelli–Gombrowicz–Zachwatowicz Assemblage” for the Latinx Focus Group. See conference program here.
Just published, a collaborative translation with the legendary Marvin Carlson of a play in Italian by the founder of Egyptian theatre, James Sanua. Thanks to Egyptian scholar Wafaa El Beih for editing and providing the Italian edition. Full text of The Unfaithful Husband in Arab Stages 8 (2018)
On March 12, I’ll be performing an excerpt from The Odyssey, along with other actors/story-tellers. Let me know if you’ll be joining us!
Martin Puchner takes us on a remarkable journey around the world to reveal how over 4,000 years of story-telling and literature have shaped history and civilization. The Segal evening will feature readings from The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Diamond Sutra, Popol Vuh, One Thousand and One Nights, The Tale of Genji, Goethe’s Conversations with Johann Peter Eckermann, and Akhmatova’s Requiem with introductions by Martin Puchner. Read more
Yesterday I participated in the working group session “(Re)presenting Muslim Bodies of Performance” during the American Society for Theatre Research Conference “Extra/Ordinary Bodies: Interrogating the Performance and Aesthetics of ‘Difference’” in Atlanta, GA, I talked about a play by James Sanua, seen as the father of modern day Egyptian theatre.
Continuing my collaboration with LaMicro Theater, on November 19 I’ll direct a staged reading as part of Escena Sur – Latin American Plays. Thebes Land by contemporary Uruguayan playwright Sergio Blanco explores the themes of patricide and homoerotic attraction within a metatheatrical frame. For details see LaMicro’s Facebook event page
On September 16 we’ll spend an entire day speaking about Pirandello’s legacy at 150 years from his birth. Organizing this international conference has been the culmination of six years working with the Pirandello Society of America as board member, PSA Journal editor, and webmaster. At this event, I’ll present the paper “Jorge Lavelli and Pirandello: A Year with Six Characters between France and Argentina.” Full program here.
On September 1 between 1:40-2:40 pm at The Graduate Center, CUNY I’ll present a short paper on the process of in the field research for my dissertation topic, Argentine theatre artists in Paris. Panel “Transculturation: Between the Americas and Europe,” chaired by Giancarlo Lombardi during the 4th Annual Early Research and Scholarship Conference.
On November 19 I’ll direct a reading of a play by Chilean playwright, novelist, and poet Juan Radrigán, for LaMicro’s Escena Sur festival. In Spanish with English supertitles, Fantasmas borrachos is a drunken dream that portrays the confusion felt by the common man confronted with Chilean politics. The Bridge Theatre at Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th St, 12th floor (between Broadway and 8th Ave).