In conjunction with the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, there is a full day of FREE theater readings and discussions dedicated to new international literature. This program focuses on plays and other literature about recent and ongoing uprisings in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, and movements like Occupy Wall Street. The all-day event, called Revolutionary Voices Since 2000, is Tuesday, May 1st, Tuesday, at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th St.
- 2 p.m.: Reading of Iced Tea by Lasha Bugadze, an award-wining playright from Georgia, who satirizes her nation’s increasing preoccupion with force-based solutions.
- 4 p.m.: Reading of A Diary in Scenes by Laila Soliman, from Egypt, who dramatizes the world-shaking events of Tahrir Square.
- 6:30 p.m.: Both authors join Iranian novelist Mahmoud Dowlatabadi, and others to discuss the connections between the Occupy Wall Street movement, worldwide protests, and how that affects writing and theater. The panel ise chaired and moderated by Mike Daisey, playwright-performer and activist (The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs).
This event is part of the Eighth Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, April 30th to May 6th, which brings one hundred writers from 25 countries to New York, to celebrate the power of the written word in action, with daily events throughout the city. Click here for the entire festival schedule.