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07 Декември 2016 | 09:00

Acclaimed Bulgarian author ELENA ALEXIEVA on the spotlight in New York

7-10 December (Wednesday-Saturday) 2016

Elena Alexieva will be the Bulgarian author to be featured at the 13th edition of the The New Literature from Europe Festival which kicks off today in New York City, US. Joining the festival, alongside 15 guests from Europe, are best-selling and acclaimed authors, Salman Rushdie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Michael Maher; Open Letter Books' Chad W. Post; Grove Atlantic's Katie Raissian; New Vessel Press' Ross Ufberg; Europa Editions' Michael Reynolds; Executive Director of the Martin E. Segal Theatre at CUNY, Frank Hentschker; Michael F. Moore; and, superstar translators, Ann Goldstein, Susan Bernofsky, and many others.

Featured events with the exclusive participation of Elena Alexieva include:

7 December (Wednesday) 2016, 6:00 PM
Nuyorican Poets Cafe, New York, US
Join Elena Alexieva, Stefan Hertmans, Martí Sales, and Matei Visniec, as they compare and contrast the experience of writing for the stage where there is a large and present public, and the very one-on-one experience of writing for an individual and anonymous reader. Moderated by Frank Hentschker, Director, Martin E. Segal Theater. Proudly co-presented by the Martin E. Segal Theater, CUNY and Nuyorican Poets Café.

9 December (Friday) 2016, 6:30 PM
Poets House, New York, US
Join us for an intimate discussion about the art of poetry, featuring four very different poetic voices from Europe – Elena Alexieva from Bulgaria and the author of Ladder on the Heart and Face of Killer Angel; Ann Cotten whose poetry plays with perspective, an intrinsic part of her poetic process; Immanuel Mifsud who sees similarities between the way his own life is evolving and that of a fish in an aquarium; and Krisztina Tóth whose poetry deals in an emphatic, reflected and sometimes ironic way with everyday scenes and conflicts. Together, they’ll be in conversation with acclaimed poet, playwright and literary travel writer, Nathalie Handal. Proudly co-presented by Poets House. 

10 December (Saturday) 2016, 3:30 PM
Nuyorican Poets Cafe, New York, US
What does it mean for a writer to translate the work of other authors and how much liberty do they have with another’s words? How does interpreting compare? Featuring Elena Alexieva, who translates her work to English and is an interpreter; Yoko Tawada, whose native language is Japanese, but writes in German; Cristian Crusat, who translates from French into Spanish; and Ann Goldstein, American translator of Elena Ferrante; and Jhumpa Lahiri, who also joins us today to talk about her experience learning Italian and why she is now writing exclusively in that language. Moderated by acclaimed translator from the Italian to English, Michael F. Moore. Co-presented with ALTA and Nuyorican Poets Café.

For a complete schedule of all festival events and venues, visit the NLE's website.

12 December (Monday) 2016

The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and The New Literature from Europe Festival present Madam Mishima by Elena Alexieva – one man show inspired by the death of one of Japan's great post-war novelists Yukio Mishima.

12 December (Monday) 2016, 7:00 PM
Bulgarian Consulate, New York, US

Noted American actor James Saito (Bway: Golden Child, King and I; film and TV) will be essaying the role of cross-dressing Madam Mishima, a fictional character based on the writings and biography of Yukio Mishima who is revered today. Mishima committed seppuku in 1970 in the midst of a media frenzy.
Direction by Gwynn MacDonald (The Queen), artistic director of the Juilliard alumni-founded Juggernaut Theatre Co focusing on new work and classical plays by women. She has worked with many Eastern European plays and co-edited Contemporary Czech Drama (TCG/CUNY).
Madam Mishima received the top critics' awards and tremendous audience success in Bulgaria. The one-night staged reading will feature a live score by actor and performer Perry Yung who was awarded the Japan-US Friendship Commission Artist Fellowship in 2003 which allowed him to travel across Japan to study with masters of the shakuhachi zen flute.
There will be a post-show discussion, moderated by Melody Brooks, artistic director of New Perspectives Theater Company and Chair of the Gilder/Coigney International Theater Award.

ELENA ALEXIEVA (playwright) was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She is the author of 11 poetry and fiction books, among them the short story collections Readers’ Group 31, Who and Pets Syndicated, as well as the novels Knight, Devil and Death, The Nobel Laureate, and others. Her works have appeared in periodical publications and anthologies in English, French, Polish, Spanish, etc. She is also the author of numerous plays, some of them produced at the National Theatre, Theatre 199, Plovdiv Theatre, etc. and published in two volumes, Angel Fire (2014) and Victims of Love (2015). She is the winner of the Helikon Prize for modern Bulgarian fiction, the Askeer and Ikar national awards for modern Bulgarian drama, and the Award of the Society of Independent Theatre Critics in Bulgaria.

GWYNN MACDONALD (director) has directed or produced theater, television, film and radio receiving Ace (VH1) and Emmy nominations (CBS), and Radio's Gracie Award. She is the artistic director of the Juilliard alumni-founded Juggernaut Theatre Co., and currently working with playwright Matt Widman, and the team of Cheryl Davis and Randall David Cook.  Gwynn directed The First 100 Years: The Professional Female Playwright exploring the lives/works of women who wrote for the 17th & 18th English stage. She contributed "Engaging Social Issues, Expressing a Political Outlook" to Women Writing Plays: Three Decades of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and co-directed Eastern European Playwrights: Women Write the New featuring plays by women from Eastern and Central Europe.  She is a Princeton grad, Drama League Fellow, and a member of the LPTW, LCT Lab, SDC and the Shakespeare Society.

JAMES SAITO (actor) is an American actor of stage, motion pictures, and television. Saito has appeared in numerous stage productions, with early career work at the Asian American theatre company East West Players in Los Angeles. On Broadway he has appeared in The King and I, and David Henry Hwang's Golden Child. He won an Obie Award in 2007 for his performance in Julia Cho's Durango at The Public Theater in New York City. Saito also played in films like The Devil's Advocate, Home Alone 3, Pearl Harbor. His TV credits include M*A*S*H, MacGyver, Law & Order, Miami Vice and Sex and the City.

PERRY YUNG (musician/performer) was awarded the Japan-US Friendship Commission Artist Fellowship in 2003 which allowed him to travel across Japan to study with masters of the shakuhachi zen flute. In 2014, he received an Asian Cultural Council Artist Award for research into historical instruments and original flute music of the Komuso zen monks. As an actor, Perry has been a member of the Great Jones Repertory Company of La MaMa Theater in New York City since 1993. He recently toured through Italy, Portugal, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria with the Great Jones Co. in Pylades, directed by Ivica Buljan. On television, he is mostly known as Ping Wu in The Knick, directed by Steven Soderbergh.

MELODY BROOKS (producer and director) who founded the New Perspectives Theatre Company. Its mission and goals are a result of her long experience working in the Off- and Off-Off Broadway arenas. She received the Spirit of Hope Award in 2015 from Esperanza Theatre Company for her work with and support of women theatre artists. She is a co-founder of 50/50 in 2020: Parity for Women Theatre Artists, and a member of the Board of Directors of the League of Professional Theatre Women. She serves as co-chair of the LPTW Gilder-Coigney International Theatre Award, the only award of its kind given every three years to a non-US citizen woman theatre practitioner living and working abroad.

The complete project is an idea of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, and it has been made possible with the support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation through the US/BG Theater Exchange Program administered by Art Office Foundation; the Bulgarian Mission to the UN in New York; New York State Council; Poets & Writers; and the Bulgarian Consulate in New York.
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