An Evening of Conversation at La MaMa: András Visky, Andrei Şerban, Robert Woodruff and Karin Coonrod
In conjunction with La MaMa's run of "I Killed My Mother," RCINY co-presents on February 15, with special support from the Hungarian Cultural Center, New York, an evening of informal conversations about theatre.
Playwright András Visky and director Karin Coonrod will open with a discussion about their collaboration on the play in Chicago and NYC, followed by a dialogue between theatre legends Andrei Şerban and Robert Woodruff about the process of adapting film for the stage in their recent work.
Admission is free to the event
Andrei Serban is a major name in the twentieth-century theatre, renowned for his innovative and iconoclastic interpretations and stagings. Şerban directed and staged theatre shows in 39 countries. For more than two decades, he has been associated with the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a director, Şerban has also worked at the Circle in the Square Theatre, the Yale Repertory Theater, the American Conservatory Theatre, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City, Seattle and Los Angeles Operas, at the Paris, Geneva, Vienna, and Bologna Opera Houses, the Welsh National Opera, Covent Garden, Théâtre de la Ville, the Comédie Française, Helsinki's Lilla Teatern, and with the Shiki Theatre Company in Tokyo. Since 1992, he is Professor of Theatre at the Columbia University School of the Arts. The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York initiated in 2007 the Andrei Serban Traveling Academy, a laboratory program dedicated to young actors in Romania. Read more
Robert Woodruff has directed over 60 productions across the U.S. at theatres including Lincoln Center Theater, The Public Theater and BAM. Most recently, he directed CELEBRATION at the Hungarian State Theater in Cluj, Bergmans Autumn Sonata at Yale Rep and Madame White Snake for Opera Boston in co-production with the The Beijing Music Festival. Internationally, his work has been seen at the Habimah National Theatre in Israel, The Sydney Arts Festival, Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Hong Kong Festival of the Arts, The Jerusalem Festival, Spoleto Festival USA. And Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Early work includes many premiere productions with Sam Shepard including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child..He has taught at Columbia University, Harvard University and NYU. From 2002-2007 he was artistic director of the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge Ma. He was named a 2007 USA Biller Fellow by United States Artists. He is now on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama.
András Visky (b. 1957, Targu Mureş, Romania) is a poet, playwright and essayist and the resident dramaturg at the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj, Romania, where he also holds the position of associate artistic director. He is the author of several plays, including “Juliet,” ("Júlia") which opened at Budapest’s Thalia Theatre in 2002 and which had its English premiere in Chicago with Theatre Y in 2011; “Born For Never” ("Visszaszületés"), which opened at the Festival d'Avignon in 2009 and earned the critics’ choice award for best performance of the Festival; and “Alcoholics” ("Alkoholisták") and “I Killed My Mother" ("Megöltem az anyámat"), which are currently playing at the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj. He has a DLA (Doctor of Liberal Arts) from the University of Theatre and Film, Budapest and since 1994 has lectured at the Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj in the Department of Theatre and Television. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious József Attila Award by the Hungarian Minister of Culture. For the 2009-2010 academic year, Visky was the Spoelhof Chair at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he taught courses in playwriting and Hungarian and Romanian theatre.
Karin Coonrod is a theater maker whose work has been seen and heard across the country and around the world. This year in New York she directed Love’s Labor’s Lost at the Public Theater, More Or Less I Am (drawn from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”) with Compagnia de’ Colombari in different locations around New York City and Aphra Behn’s The Rover at the World Financial Center. In Chicago she directed Romanian playwright Andras Visky’s Juliet. She is Founding Director of acclaimed Arden Party Theater Company in downtown New York City 1987-1997 (during which time she won an Encore Award for her direction of Roger Vitrac’s Victor Or Children Take Over) and its successor Compagnia de’ Colombari, an international company which has performed the medieval mystery plays re-imagined for the 21st century, launching a new tradition of theater in Orvieto, Italy. Past credits include Henry VI (at The Public Theater); King John, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus (with Theater for A New Audience); Everything That Rises Must Converge (from Flannery O’Connor’s stories) at New York Theatre Workshop; Othello (at Hartford Stage); Enrico IV (at ART in Cambridge). Ms. Coonrod is a lecturer at The Yale School of Drama and looks forward to directing Chuck Mee’s Perfect Wedding at The Hungarian Theatre of Cluj, Romania.