WIT Magazine Launch & SEVEN: June 2, 2014

THE LEAGUE OF PROFESSIONAL THEATRE WOMEN
Salutes
International Theatre Women

WOMEN IN THEATRE MAGAZINE: International Edition
and
A Special Presentation of
SEVEN
written by
PAULA CIZMAR, CATHERINE FILLOUX, GAIL KRIEGEL,
CAROL MACK, RUTH MARGRAFF, ANNA DEAVERE SMITH,
and SUSAN YANKOWITZ

Monday, June 2, 2014 at 6:30pm

Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street, NYC

Join us in celebration of International Women in Theatre!

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The International Edition of WOMEN IN THEATRE MAGAZINE will be revealed, and all in attendance will receive a copy. Theatre artists whose work is featured in the magazine will be in attendance, a reading and video presentation of the documentary play SEVEN will be presented, followed by a reception. In advance of the League’s International Award next season, we celebrate women across the globe.

WIT: International Edition, “WOMEN TOGETHER ACROSS THE GLOBE”
This WIT magazine edition focuses on innovative theatre women who create, produce, and/or perform work that gives voice and substance to issues affecting women in different parts of the world. With the exception of international festivals, we in the United States may not be fully aware of the breadth and magnitude of international theatre being created by women. We believe that this magazine issue provides a unique perspective of the astounding range of opportunities women theatre professionals have to collaborate, recognize and support one another around the globe. This edition is the first magazine to celebrate theatre women across the world. Carolyn Balducci, Editor in Chief

SEVEN, the Reading:
Triumphant against physical and mental abuse, oppression, adversity, and threats to their lives, Seven women’s stories will move your soul and give you a glimpse into the courage and sacrifice women leaders have made to improve the lives of others across the globe. SEVEN is written by Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, Susan Yankowitz. CAST: Ebbe Bassey, Liz Canavan, Geraldine Hughes, Alexandra Napier, Jeanne Sakata, Fulvia Vergel, Rasha Zamamiri, with Maxine Kern and Lorca Peress. Directed by Pamela Hunt, Stage Manager Judith Binus.

SEVEN VIDEO PRESENTATION:
A special video presentation led by Hedda Krausz Sjogren of Sweden will focus on the world-wide journey of SEVEN and its global impact. On tour with Seven since 2008, producer Hedda Krausz Sjögren has taken the play to more than 20 countries world wide.www.sevenwomen.se.

Guest speaker: DR. FRANK HENTSCHKER, Executive Director and Director of Programs at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center.

MEET THE ARTISTS AND MINGLE TO FOLLOW.

PLAYWRIGHT’S BIOS:

Gail Kriegel’s musical, SWEETIE about a half white, half black girl growing up in the 1930’s will have its first developmental production at Ford Foundation Theatre of Signature Theatre Center, NYC, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Pat Birch. Gail is presently developing RAINBOW JUNCTION, an operetta for Young Audiences and, with Michael Johnson, a TV series, FAITH & JUSTICE. Her prize winning play, ON THE HOME FRONT, about returning veterans, will have a new production opening Veteran’s Day 2014. Gail’s work is included in the Archives at Lincoln Center and her awards include a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship and a One World Arts Grant. http://www.gailkriegel.com

Carol K. Mack’s plays have been produced off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the U.S. WITHOUT A TRACE premiered at the Tron, Glasgow and toured Scotland in 2002. Her new play THE VISITOR, received a grant from the Foundation of Jewish Culture and a staged reading at the Negro Ensemble Company 2012, and GETGO won a place at the Telluride Festival 2013. Other premieres include THE ACCIDENT, American Repertory Theater and IN HER SIGH, ATL’s Humana Festival. Her one acts were selected for editions of ‘Best American Short Plays’, Applause Books; ‘A Field Guide to Demons, Vampires, Fallen Angels & other Subversive Spirits’, Profile Books, London, 2010. http://www.carolkmack.com

Anna Deavere Smith is an actor, teacher, playwright and creator of unique one woman plays based on interviews. She has won two Obie Awards and two Tony nominations for TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, and a MacArthur Fellowship. A Pulitzer Prize finalist for her play FIRES IN THE MIRROR, Anna is founder and director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at New York University. As an actress she has appeared in many films and on the television series WEST WING; LETTERS TO A YOUNG ARTIST, advice for aspiring artists, was published by Anchor Books in 2006. She is currently a tenured professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
http://www.annadeaveresmithprojects.net

Ruth Margraff’s latest play HARLEQUIN, commissioned by a Playwrights’ Center McKnight award, was read at Victory Gardens (Chicago) and the New Group (NYC). Her martial arts opera DRAGON VS. EAGLE marks her 6th collaboration with composer Fred Ho for the Apollo and Brooklyn Academy of Music commissioned by her 4th Rockefeller award. She has toured all over the world with her Cafe Antarsia Ensemble. Ruth was delegated to represent the U.S. State Department on a Peaceworks Cultural envoy to Calcutta, India and received a Fulbright new opera award to Greece. She is an alumnae of New Dramatists, an active member of LPTW and Theater Without Borders/ Brandeis Coexistence International, and an Associate Professor of playwriting at the Art Institute of Chicago. http://www.ruthmargraff.com

Paula Cizmar is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced off-Broadway, in London, and in regional theatres from Maine to California. Her many plays, which include THE CHISERA, STREET STORIES and THE DEATH OF A MINER, combine poetry with social/political issues and are concerned with who gets left out of the discussion. Honors include two NEA grants; a Rockefeller Residency in Italy; and a TCG/Mellon Foundation On the Road grant. Her play JANUARY was selected for the 2014 MultiStages New Works Festival, and she adapted FUENTEOVEJUNA by Lope de Vega for Golden Tongues 2 (August 2014). She teaches playwriting at the University of Southern California. http://www.paulacizmar.com

Susan Yankowitz is a playwright, librettist and novelist whose work has been called ‘moving and poetic’ by the LA Times; ‘magnificent… scorching’ by NPR; and ‘breathtaking’ by the NY Times, the Scotsman, and Pretoria News. Most recently A-Z BOXES won the 2012 award for ‘Best Ensemble Play’ in Ankara, Turkey; TERMINAL, a collaboration with Joe Chaikin/Open Theatre, just completed a run at Butler University; and, THUMBPRINT, her opera about Mukhtar Mai with composer Kamala Sankaram, premiered to standing ovations in the 2014 Prototype Festival, NYC. Her work has been translated into 18 languages and produced throughout the world. http://www.susanyankowitz.com

SEVEN CAST and DIRECTOR:

Ebbe Bassey (Classical Theatre of Harlem (Medea), Manhattan Theatre Source (Swift Encounter), Blue Heron Arts Center (Waafrika) as Hafat, Liz Canavan (The Little Flower of East Orange & The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Public Theatre; Our Lady of 121st St. at Union Square Theatre Geraldine Huges-Inez-Garland, Drama Critic’s Circle and Drama League Nomination for Belfast Blus, Cyrano & Jerusalem, Broadway; Molly Sweeney, Irish Rep) as Marina, Alexandra Napier (SEVEN International Women’s Forum/France and USC, Getting Married, Circle In The Square;The Lark,NY Theatre Workshop) as Farida, Jeanne Sakata (Drama Desk Nomination, Hold These Truths, Ovation Award Red, Public Theatre, Lincoln Center, Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Rep.) as Socha, Fulvia Vergel (Ace Award, Who Killed Hector Lavor; award winner of Premios Columbia, NYC, Chronicle Of A Death Foretold, Spanish Repertory Theatre) as Anabella, and Rasha Zamamiri (Muktara-The Wife, Berkeley Rep; Hour Of Feeling, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Atermath, NY Theatre Workshop) as Muktara; and with Maxine Kern and Lorca Peress, LPTW Co-Presidents.

Director Pamela Hunt: Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Direction, The Musical of Musicals; Outer Critics Circle Award, Carnival; 30 regional theaters; 25 productions at Cape Playhouse.

Tickets: $25.00 for Members; $40.00 for non-members.

Proceeds benefit WIT and LPTW.

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