Reading of Gianina Carbunariu’s Mihaela, the Tiger of Our Town (Romania) at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York—Monday 14 December 2015
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City presented a reading of Gianina Carbunariu’s Mihaela, the Tiger of Our Town (Romania) livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 14 December at 3:30 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 5:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 6:30 p.m. EST (New York).
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An evening of excerpted readings from internationally renowned playwright/director and enfant terrible Gianina Carbunariu’s (Bucharest) play Mihaela, the Tiger of Our Town. In this fictional play inspired by a real event, a tiger escapes from a zoo and is shot after 3 hours of freedom in a neighboring forest. With an introduction by Cristina Modreanu, a curator, theatre critic, and expert in performing arts (based in Bucharest and New York), we reflect on how our fears are used against the most vulnerable.
Directed by Tamilla Woodard. Performed by Kevin Crisaldi, Em Grosland, and Jens Rasmussen.
Gianina Carbunariu’s work has been presented around the world at international festivals such as, the Avignon Festival 2014, LIFT Festival (London), Biennale of New Plays (Wiesbaden), TransAmerique Festival (Montreal), New Drama Festival (Moscow), Dialog (Wroclav), Kontakt Festival (Torun), Konfrontacje Festival (Lublin), and New Drama (Budapest). Cristina Modreanu is currently the editor of the performing arts magazine Scena.ro, which she co-founded in 2008, a curator for theatre and performance events, and an associate professor at the Center for Excellence in Image Studies at Bucharest University.
This event is supported by Romanian Cultural Institute, New York.
Gianina Carbunariu is a director and playwright, based in Bucharest. From 2013 to 2015, she was a lecturer in directing at Babes Bolyai University in Cluj. She was the coordinator of theatre workshops at the Conservatoire and Universite Libre de Bruxelles and GalataPerform Theatre in Istanbul. Gianina was the association initiator, producer, and is a co-producer of independent theatre projects at DramAcum. Performances by Gianina Carbunariu were presented in international festivals including the official selection Avignon Festival 2014, LIFT festival in London, Biennale of New Plays from Wiesbaden, TransAmerique Festival in Montreal, New Drama Festival in Moscow, Dialog in Wroclav, Kontakt Festival in Torun, Konfrontacje Festival in Lublin, New Drama in Budapest, Mladi Levi Festival in Liubliana, Divadelna Nitra, New Drama in Bratislava, 20 Years After at HAU in Berlin, and Contemporary Balkan Scene–Onassis Center in Athens.
Cristina Modreanu is a curator, theatre critic, and expert in performing arts based in Bucharest, Romania and New York, USA. She holds a PHD in theatre from the Theater and Film University in Bucharest and she is the author of five books on Romanian Theatre. Modreanu is currently the editor of the Performing Arts Magazine Scena.ro,which she co-founded in 2008, curator for theatre and performance events, and an associate professor at the Center for Excellence in Image Studies of Bucharest University. She is also a Fulbright Alumna and she was a Visiting Scholar at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Performance Studies Department in 2011-2012 academic year. More details on www.cristinamodreanu.com
Tamilla Woodard is a theatre director who works both nationally and internationally. She is co-founder of PopUp Theatrics, a partnership creating site impacting theatrical events around the world and in collaboration with international theatre artists. Currently, she is serving as the Artistic Director of The Five Boroughs/One City Project, a multi-year initiative of The Working Theater. The project will support the commissioning and development of 5 Playwright/Director teams working in collaborations and creating theatrical works in response to working class communities in all 5 boroughs. She is a current Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women’s Project Theater Lab, a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, alumnus of The Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and artistic affiliate with New Georges. She graduated from The Yale School of Drama’s Acting program and is the recipient of The Charles Bowden Award from New Dramatists and The Josephine Abady Award from The League of Professional Theatre Women.
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