Left to right: Asiimwe Deborah Kawe (Uganda), Dima Mikhayel Matta (Lebanon), and Nick Makoha (United Kingdom)

The Columbia University School of the Arts International Play Reading Festival 

OCTOBER 6-23, 2021

 

Featuring Asiimwe Deborah Kawe (Uganda), Nick Makoha (United Kingdom), and Dima Mikhayel Matta (Lebanon). 

 

Co-founded by Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts, and David Henry Hwang, Theatre Program, this annual festival presents readings of three plays by living international playwrights. Now in its fourth year, the 2021 edition of the festival will be held as a series of podcasts and listening parties.

PLAYS

October 6, 13, 20, 2021, 6:30 pm ET

Wednesday, October 6, 6:30 pm ET
Written by Asiimwe Deborah Kawe (Uganda)

Visa applicants trade tips on how to best present themselves before US consuls — the “gODs.”

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Wednesday, October 13, 6:30 pm ET
Written by Nick Makoha (United Kingdom)

After eight years of civil war, four-year-old Nick and his mother flee their homeland of Uganda.

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Wednesday, October 20, 6:30 pm ET
Written by Dima Mikhayel Matta (Lebanon)

A performer questions gender, memory, sex, identity, and her relationship with Beirut.

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Left to right: Asiimwe Deborah Kawe (Uganda), Dima Mikhayel Matta (Lebanon), and Nick Makoha (United Kingdom)

International Play Reading Festival: Playwright Panel Discussion

Saturday, October 23, 12:00 pm ET

Asiimwe Deborah Kawe (Uganda), Dima Mikhayel Matta (Lebanon), and Nick Makoha (United Kingdom). Moderated by David Henry Hwang, Theatre.

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Festival Founders and 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, Concentration Head, Dramaturgy, Theatre MFA Program

 

Nominators

John Eisner, The Lark

Michel Hausmann, Colony Theatre/Miami New Drama

Joanna Lee, Museworks

Roberta Levitow

Nophand

Bill Rauch, The Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts

Mark Russell, Under the Radar (Public Theater)

Ken Smith, Financial Times

Camilla Villegas

Mfoniso Udofia

 

Production

Andrew Agress, Literary Manager

Natalie Layne Baker, Sound Editor

Gavin Browning, Director of Public Programs and Engagement

Jessi Cotter, Production Manager

Tiffany Davis, Communications Manager

Caroline Eng, Sound Designer for The Dark & Appointment with gOD

Jordan Fleming, Student Producer

Jim Petty & Five Ohm Productions, Audio Engineering & Recording

Zoe E. Rotter, Casting Director

Kristina Tate, Interim Director of Communications

Kanika Vaish, Literary Manager

Daniel Vaughn, Stage Manager for The Dark & Appointment with gOD

Ada Westfall, Sound Designer for trailer and This… Story

Cowbird Creative, Design

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