hotINK at the LARK, March 24-28‏

Dear International Collaborations Task Force colleagues:

If you are familiar with the hotINK festival, you may know that the festival has moved to the Lark Play Development Center and will be presented in their new home on West 43rd St—if you are in NY, or find yourself here between March 24 and 28, I hope you will join us–

We’ll be presenting nine exciting new plays by Geert Genbrugge  (Belgium), Georgi Gospodinov (Bulgaria),  Elmar Maripuu (Canada), Marius von Mayenburg (Germany),  Siddharth Kumar (India), Jessica Cooke (Ireland),  Marjolein Bierens (The Netherland),  Zainabu Jallo (Nigeria) and Mixkaela Villalon (The Philippines)…

Outstanding directors May Adrales, Rachel Chavkin, Joe Grifasi, , Josh Hecht, Kevin Kuhlke, Ian Morgan,  Elinor Renfield, Lisa Rothe and Giovanna Sardelli…

Distinguished actors, such as Michael Chernus, Lynn Cohen, Edward Hibbert, Roxanna Hope, Florencia Lozano, Darren Pettie, Laila Robins, Heidi Schreck and Rocco Sisto,  to name just a few…

hotINK at the LARK

March 24-28, 2011

Readings at 4 pm and 7:30 pm

Reservations open March 3rd:  www.larktheatre.org

To learn more about the plays and their authors, visit www.hotink.org

 

Catherine Coray, Associate Arts Professor
TSOA Dept of Drama
Experimental Theatre Wing
212.992.9349
cc19@nyu.edu
Director and Curator,
hotINK at the LARK: a festival of new plays from around the world
www.hotink.org

Announcing hotINK at the LARK: Selected Plays‏

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Festival Director & Curator Catherine Coray and The Lark Play Development Center are thrilled to announce the selected plays and authors for the upcoming hotINK at the LARK: a festival of new plays from around the world. This will be the first festival presented at the Lark Play Development Center’s new home on West 43rd Street.

Save the dates:
Thursday – Monday March 24-28, 2011

Please join us for readings of these plays featuring the work of distinguished New York actors and directors, meet the writers and celebrate international collaboration!

The selected plays for 2011 are:

from Nigeria: Onions Make Us Cry by Zainabu Jallo
from Belgium
: Suitcases on the Road by Geert Genbrugge
from Canada
: Forever by Elmar Maripuu
from India
: The Interview by Siddharth Kumar
from The Netherlands
: Motel Texel by Marjolein Bierens
from Ireland
: The Importance of Being Orson by Jessica Cooke
from Bulgaria
: The Apocalypse Comes by Georgi Gospodinov
from Germany
: The Stone by Marius von Mayenburg
from The Philippines
: Streetlight Manifesto at 6pm by Mixkaela Villalon

More information about the participating artists, plus a sneak peak at each of the plays coming soon!

hotINK is a unique program that provides New Yorkers with an opportunity to experience new plays from abroad and fosters inter-cultural exchange. We ask that you consider making a donation to help support our move to the Lark. Contributions of all sizes are appreciated and any gift will greatly impact the success of the festival, which will remain free and open to the public.

CLICK HERE to make a donation.*

(Make sure to indicate "hotINK"
in the ADDITIONAL OPTIONS Section.)
All designated contributions will be acknowledged in the Festival program.

We look forward to seeing you in March 2011 for hotINK at the Lark!

With best wishes for the New Year,

Catherine Coray, Festival Director and Curator
Arwen Lowbridge, Festival Producer


*The Lark Play Development Center is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

From our friends at Ars Nova!

The Wii Plays

Game Night
Ars Nova Style

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT!

February 1 – 12, 2011

Tuesday – Saturday @ 8pm

New York’s hottest emerging playwrights springboard off the wild titles of Nintendo Wii games to create a night of short plays with an arcade spin. Joined by a killer live band, it's game night Ars Nova style!

WRITTEN BY MEMBERS OF PLAY GROUP 2010
Chad Beckim, Jenny Connell, Kara Lee Corthron, Kristoffer Diaz, Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Amy Herzog, Samuel D. Hunter, Matthew Lopez, Molly Smith Metzler, Gregory Moss, Janine Nabers, Joe Tracz


DIRECTED BY
Stephen Brackett, Portia Krieger, Lila Neugebauer, Laura Savia



FEATURING
Jenni Barber*, Andrew Garman*, Donnetta Lavinia Grays*, Christopher Jackson*, Zach Shaffer*, Robbie Sublett*

LIVE MUSIC BY
Super Mirage

ALL TIX ONLY $15

Click here for tix and info and use the code LARK!

Ars Nova
511 West 54th St.
New York, New York

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

*The Wii Plays is an Equity approved Showcase. Names designated by an asterisk (*) are members of Actors' Equity.

 
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Nigerian court bans The Phantom Crescent

afrol News, 8 October A satirical play [Phantom Crescent] written by a renowned rights activist, Shehu Sani, was banned by an Islamic court in northern Kaduna state. The ban automatically halted the performance of the play on 23 October.

The play captured the lives of corrupt politicians in the country’s Sharia-controlled states. Phantom Crescent exposed how politicians, especially state governors, hide behind Sharia laws to empty state coffers with impunity.

The court’s order followed a motion filed by a pro-Sharia group. But the author of the satirical play expressed his determination to fight what he called “this infringement on my fundamental right to freedom of expression.” He said he had contacted his lawyers.

After a famous Nigerian actress, Maryam Hiyana, was seen on a video clip having sex with a married man, officials in Kano state placed a six month suspension on all filming.

Kano officials have vowed to tighten film acting and production. As such, actors and directors have to obtain film licence as well as meet certain criteria before they are allowed to operate in the state.

At least 12 states in the Muslim-dominated states in Nigeria’s northern region have introduced Sharia since 1999, when the country returned to civilian rule.