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Theatrical Translation as Creative Process

The UNC Process Series inaugurates its twelfth season, Crossing Boundaries, with readings of four new plays in translation from Austria, South Korea, Mexico and Italy. Partnering with Department of Dramatic Art and The Mercurian (a journal of new play translations edited by Professor Adam Versényi), we are presenting these translations of contemporary plays as a way of exploring the work of translation as a creative process. The four play readings are presented as a highlight of a four-day conference on international theatrical translations.

The play readings

Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

From Austria – iPlay: Drama app for the stage (supermarket and everyday use)

by Bernhard Studlar - translator Henning Bochert

directed by Joseph Megel

A playful, contemporary meditation on the hold the past has on us and how it prevents us from facing the future.

Friday at 7:30 p.m.

From South Korea - Inching Toward Yeolha

By Sam-Shik Pai - translator Walter Byongsok Chon

directed by Aubrey Lynn Snowden

An allegorical satire exploring the tensions between tradition and innovation in South Korean society.

Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

From Mexico - Hotel Good Luck

by Alejandro Ricaño - translator Jacqueline E. Bixler

directed by Jeff Storer

A dark comedy about life and death in parallel universes.

Sunday at 1p.m.

From Italy - Dust (Dialogue Between Man and Woman)

by Saverio La Ruina - translator Thomas Haskell Simpson

directed by Adam Versényi

Developed in consultation with women who were victims of domestic abuse, Dust explores the dynamics at work in violent couples’ relationships.

The play festival and conference is directed by Department of Dramatic Art Chair Professor Adam Versényi and presented in collaboration with The Mercurian: A Theatrical Translation Review, the Department of Dramatic Art, the Department of Romance Studies, Center for European Studies, and UNC Global, at the University of North Carolina, and the Language Acts and Wordmaking project at King’s College, London.

About the Process Series

Dedicated to the development of new and significant works in the performing arts, The Process Series features professionally mounted, developmental presentations of new works in progress. The mission of the Series is to illuminate the ways in which artistic ideas take form, to examine the creative process, to offer audiences the opportunity to follow artists and performers as they explore and discover, and by so doing to enrich the development process for artists with the ultimate goal of better art and a closer relationship between artists and audiences. Immediately following each performance, we ask our audiences to join in the creative process, providing feedback critical to the development of the work as it moves forward. All performances are free and open to the public. Now in its 12th season, the Series has supported over sixty artist residencies since its inception, with many of the projects going on to significant future lives both nationally and internationally. This season’s theme, Crossing Boundaries, offers audiences an opportunity to experience performances that question society’s expectations and transcend norms in search of a more just society

For more information, contact Joseph Megel, megel@email.unc.edu or call 919-843-5666 or visit the following links:

Website: http://processseries.unc.edu

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