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Karen Malpede, ecofeminist playwright and director: Other Than We, a cli-fi futurist fable for a time of climate crisis, premieres at LaMama, Nov. 21- Dec 1 2019, forthcoming from Laertes Books;  Plays in Time: The Beekeeper's Daughter, Prophecy, Another Life, Extreme Whether (Intellect, 2017), "Dinner During Yemen," Kenyon review; she is co-founder of Theater Three Collaborative, editor Acts of War: Iraq & Afghanistan in Seven Plays (Northewestern, 2011).

 Karen Malpede, author/director of 19 plays, is co-founder with George Bartenieff of Theater Three Collaborative, an ecofeminist theater company begun in 1995.  Most recent, "Other Than We," World Premiere at LaMama, Nov. 21-Dec 1, 2019, forthcoming publication in an international anthology of dystopian plays by Laertes Books. "Blue Valiant", for Kathleen Chalfant and a blue roan horse, in development. "Dinner During Yemen", in Imagine: Yemen, Irene Diamond, Signature Theatre, 2018, pub: The Kenyon Review. "Extreme Whether," LaMama, 2018; Paris ArtCop21, 2015; Theater for the New City, 2014. Author: Plays in Time: The Beekeeper's Daughter, Prophecy, Another Life, Extreme Whether (Intellect, 2017); editor, Acts of War: Iraq & Afghanistan in Seven Plays (Northwestern, 2011). McKnight Fellowship. www.theaterthreecollaborative.org

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The Necessity of a New Green Federal Theatre Project
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The Necessity of a New Green Federal Theatre Project

30 July 2019

Karen Malpede argues that significant theatrical engagement with the climate crisis cannot occur in the United States without governmental intervention, and looks at the Federal Theatre Project as a model.

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From Kosovo
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From Kosovo

A Playwright Who Provokes Change

4 April 2019

Karen Malpede sits down to talk with Kosovar playwright and provocateur Jeton Neziraj about freedom and theatre.

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.