The Second Columbia University School of the Arts International Play Reading Festival | Spring 2019

Organized by Carol Becker and David Henry Hwang, Theatre


This marquee festival presented readings of three plays by living international playwrights alongside conversations with the playwrights and translators. 


Featuring: The Sickness of Stone, written by Blanca Domenech, Spain, You Shall Love, written by Pablo Manzi, Chile, Snow, written by Blandine Savetier and Waddah Saab, France. 

Snow, written by Blandine Savetier and Waddah Saab, France

The Sickness of Stone, written by Blanca Domenech, Spain


You Shall Love, written by Pablo Manzi, Chile

Translator Panel Discussion: How Did This Play Get into English?

Translators Taylor Gaines and Caridad Svich in conversation with Susan Bernofsky, Writing​

Playwright Panel Discussion

Blanca Domenech, Pablo Manzi, Blandine Savetier, and Waddah Saab in conversation with David Henry Hwang, Theatre

The aim of this festival is to expand contemporary US understanding of theatre beyond that of English-speaking countries, and to present new theatrical voices to US audiences.


Festival Directors

Carol Becker, Professor of the Arts and Dean, Columbia University School of the Arts

David Henry Hwang, Concentration Head, Playwriting, Theatre MFA Program


Selection Committee

Susan Bernofsky, Director, Literary Translation at Columbia, Writing MFA Program

David Henry Hwang, Concentration Head, Playwriting, Theatre MFA Program

Morgan Jenness, Theatre MFA Program

Kate Loewald, Theatre MFA Program and The Play Company

Christian Parker, Chair, Theatre MFA Program


Nominating Bodies

The Lark

The Play Company

Sundance Institute

Under the Radar at the Public Theater


Director of Public Programs and Engagement.

Gavin Browning


Production Manager

Kirk Laing


Line Producer

Paloma Estevez


Casting Director

Matthew Wise