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Drama Across Borders: The Politics & Poetics of Contemporary Theatre in Translation

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A Site-Specific Conference at Cornell University and The Cherry Artspace, May 11–12, 2018

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Drama Across Borders is a rare and wonderful "site-specific" conference of playwrights, translators, theatre scholars, directors, publishers, and producers of drama in translation from around the world.  Panels and performances will explore the role of international drama in expanding the limits of our theatrical imagination and pushing the boundaries of our political conversation. The conference will kick off Friday evening at 6:30pm at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts at Cornell University with a keynote speech from distinguished theatre producer Elyse Dodgson, Director of the International Department at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Saturday the conference will move to The Cherry ArtSpace in downtown Ithaca and will feature  presentations and performances of new works in translation from Argentina, Austria, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Korea, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Syria, among others. As part of the presentations, Sam Buggeln (Cherry Arts) and Rebekah Maggor will be direct a number of short performances with members of The Cherry Arts Acting Company and students from Cornell University and Ithaca College. 

All events are free and open to the public.

DAY ONE: Friday, May 11th
Cornell University
6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.:
Keynote Address
Elyse Dodgson
International Director
Royal Court Theatre, London
DAY TWO: Saturday, May 12th
9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.: Conference sessions, performances, and discussions. A detailed schedule will be posted soon.
Conference participants will include the following theatre artists, translators, and scholars: Neil Blackadder (Knox College), Sam Buggeln (The Cherry Arts), Walter Byongsok Chon (Ithaca College), Claire Conceison (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Sarah Grochala (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), Rebekah Maggor (Cornell University), Carol Martin (New York University), Robert Myers (American University at Beirut), Magda Romanska (Emerson College), Nada Saab (Lebanese American University), Bercu Seyben (Istanbul Bilgi University and Bennington College), Saviana Stenescu (Ithaca College), Dalia Taha (poet and playwright), Adam N. Versényi (UNC Chapel Hill), Hana Worthen (Barnard College).
Drama Across Borders is made possible with support from the Translation Network at the Society for the Humanities, the University Lectures Committee, the Einaudi Center for International Studies, and an Affinito-Stewart Grant of the President's Council of Cornell Women.
Photo by Rachel Philipson:
Polonius (Vanessa Okoyeh) in Hamlet Wakes Up Late by Mamduh Adwan, translated by Margaret Litvin, adapted and directed by Rebekah Maggor, Cornell University, 2017.