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Wednesday 3 June 2020

SEGAL TALKS: Joshua Sobol, Maya Arad Yasur, and Ruth Kanner

An update on the situation for theatre artists in Israel

Wednesday 3 June 2020

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS: Joshua Sobol, Maya Arad Yasur, and Ruth Kanner livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 3 June 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 18:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

Playwright, author, and director Joshua Sobol (Born 1939 in Israel) wrote 83 plays and 3 novels. His play “Ghetto”, translated into 22 languages and performed in 80 theatres in 25 countries, won Best Play Awards in Israel, England, Germany, and Japan. Sobol directed in 2018 a Chinese production of “Ghetto” at the Beijing Magnificent Theatre. The production received raving reviews and toured 24 Chinese cities so far. Sobol’s latest play “Redundant People” written in Hebrew and English deals with people being replaced by robots. The play was recently translated into Chinese Mandarin for the Beijing Magnificent Theatre Company. Set designer Edna Sobol and Joshua live in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Maya Arad Yasur is an Israeli playwright. Her plays deal mostly with questions of identity, exile and war through a dissection of narrative mechanisms. Maya's plays have been produced, publically read and published worldwide and are translated to English, German, French, Chinese, Finnish, Italian, Polish and Norwegian. In the years 2007-2013 Maya has been living in the Netherlands, working as a production dramaturge, specializing in devised theatre and documentary theatre. She is the recipient of the Berliner Theatertreffen's Stückemarkt prize 2018.

Ruth Kanner is a creator of experimental theater. Her company, the Local Tales Theater Group, based in Tel Aviv, has been engaged since 1998 in exploring the deep struggles of its own surroundings, interweaving storytelling, physical theater and visual imagery. Recently, Kanner is developing Speech Chorus events, giving voice to re-examination of Israeli hegemonic narratives, some of them are bilingual works, in Hebrew and Arabic. Kanner is a Professor at the Department of Theater Arts at Tel Aviv University, teaching Speech Acts and Storytelling techniques. Kanner also directs regularly at Theater X-Cai, Tokyo, and conducts workshops worldwide


SEGAL TALKS is a daily one-hour LIVE online conversation from Monday to Friday about making art and making sense in the Time of Corona.

SEGAL TALKS was conceived, created and curated by Frank Hentschker in March 2020.

SEGAL TALKS has been made possible by the support of Susan and Jack Rudin, the Hearst Foundation, and Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair, The Graduate Center CUNY.

See the other archived videos that belong to the Segal Talks livestream series.


Originally founded in 1979 as the Center for Advanced Studies in Theatre Arts (CASTA), The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center was renamed in March of 1999 to recognize Martin E. Segal, one of New York City’s outstanding leaders of the arts. The Segal Center curates over thirty events throughout the Spring and Fall academic seasons, all free and open to the public. Dedicated to bridging the gap between the professional and academic theatre communities, the Segal Center presents readings, performance, lectures, and artists and academics in conversation. In addition, the Segal Center presents three annual festivals (PRELUDE, PEN World Voices: International Pay Festival, and The Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance) and publishes and maintains three open access online journals (Arab Stages, European Stages, and The Journal of American Drama and Theatre). The Segal Center also publishes many volumes of plays in translation and is the leading publisher of plays from the Arab world. The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (MESTC) is a vital component of the Theatre Program’s academic culture and creating in close collaboration a research nexus, focusing on dramaturgy, new media, and global theatre. The Segal Center provides an intimate platform where both artists and theatre professionals can actively participate with audiences to advance awareness and appreciation. www.TheSegalCenter.org.


Creative Producer: Sunyoung Kim
Media Supervisor: Jackie Spaventa
Next Generation Fellow: May Adra
Senior Assistant Director of Programs: Cory Tamler
Junior Assistant Director of Programs: Kyueun Kim

THE GRADUATE CENTER, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, of which the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is an integral part, is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York (CUNY). An internationally recognized center for advanced studies and a national model for public doctoral education, the school offers more than thirty doctoral programs, as well as a number of master’s programs. Many of its faculty members are among the world’s leading scholars in their respective fields, and its alumni hold major positions in industry and government, as well as in academia. The Graduate Center is also home to twenty-eight interdisciplinary research centers and institutes focused on areas of compelling social, civic, cultural, and scientific concerns. Located in a landmark Fifth Avenue building, The Graduate Center has become a vital part of New York City’s intellectual and cultural life with its extensive array of public lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical events. www.gc.cuny.edu.

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