International Play Reading Festival | 2019

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

Organized by Dean Carol Becker and David Henry Hwang


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. 

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.

Schedule of Events


by Blandine Savetier and Waddah Saab (France)

The Sickness of Stone

by Blanca Domenech (Spain)

You Shall Love

by Pablo Manzi (Chile)

Translator Panel Discussion

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

Playwrights Panel Discussion

Blanca DomenechPablo ManziBlandine Savetier, and Waddah Saab in conversation with David Henry Hwang, Theatre.

"We are thrilled to have a state-of-the-art flexible performance space in our new Lenfest Center for the Arts, which gives us an opportunity to fulfill the dream of bringing international play readings to Columbia University, the neighborhood, and to the City. We hope to generate enthusiasm for these international plays by playwrights whose work may not as yet be known in New York and to fulfill our mission as a global and local arts center."

"In these volatile times, the theatre can play an invaluable role to help us understand and embrace people from around the globe. Yet US theatre for the most part remains dangerously myopic. When was the last time you saw a new non-American play from anyplace besides the UK or Ireland (perhaps Canada or Australia)? With this festival, Columbia University School of the Arts starts to fill the void, by bringing exciting international plays by living authors to New York, works which give audiences the opportunity to see our world anew."

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