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Karen Malpede

An anthology of Karen Malpede's four most recent plays will be published by Intellect in October 2017, Plays in Time: The Beekeeper's Daughter, Prophecy, Another Life, Extreme Whether, with essays by noted theatre scholars and color photographs of productions. Extreme Whether is scheduled for production in its newest version at LaMama ETC in November 2017. She is co-founder with George Bartenieff of Theater Three Collaborative. She teaches in the Theater and Environmental Justice programs at John Jay College, CUNY, and writes on politics and arts for Torture, The Kenyon Review, and The Brooklyn Reader. She is lead editor of Acts of War: Iraq & Afghanistan in Seven Plays (Northwestern, 2011) and wrote and edited on of the first anthologies of critical writings about the theatre by women artists, Women in Theater: Compassion & Hope (Drama Books, 1984). A Monster Has Stolen the Sun and Other Plays (Marlboro, 1987) is a collection of her early plays.

The Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre Returns
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The Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre Returns

18 October 2016

Playwright Karen Malpede reflects on shows from The 23rd Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre, back from a five-year hiatus.

Climate Science’s Challenge to Artists
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Climate Science’s Challenge to Artists

29 January 2014

Karen Malpede shares insight into the importance and compelling nature of climate dramas. 

Another Life and the Truth about Torture
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Another Life and the Truth about Torture

25 February 2013

In this meditation, Karen Malpede offers an investigation of torture and how it can be imitated onstage. 

Why Theater Matters to Criminal Justice Students
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Why Theater Matters to Criminal Justice Students

A Discussion between Seth Baumrin & Karen Malpede

20 August 2012

Seth Baumrin and Karen Malpede chat about why theatre matters to Criminal Justice students. 

On Being a So-Called Political Playwright
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On Being a So-Called Political Playwright

1 March 2012

Karen Malpede discusses the necessity for true political theater in the United States.