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Theater of the Voiceless: An International Symposium of Documentary Theater in Performance

Zeitgeist DC

Monday, 17 June 2013, 11 am – 10 pm
Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University main campus, 37th and O Sts, NW
No charge
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Worst Case (c) Schauspielhaus Wien
Worst Case (c) Schauspielhaus Wien

This symposium commences with a presentation by Ping Chong, one of the foremost practitioners of documentary theater in the United States, and an internationally acclaimed director, playwright, video installation artist and pioneer in the use of media in the theater, along with two of his collaborators from Ping Chong + Company. Ping Chong + Company was founded in 1975 to create and tour innovative works of theater and art that explore the intersection of race, history, culture and technology in the modern world.

The day will continue with staged readings of Worst Case by Kathrin Röggla (Austria) and a small small world by Germans Konradin Kunze and Sophia Stepf, with contributions from Abhishek Majumdar (India).

Additionally, Artistic Director Michael Dove, Forum Theatre and Taffety Punk Theatre Company will perform pieces inspired by the content presented at the symposium. A panel discussion entitled "Documentary Theater: Creative Approaches" will wrap up the afternoon session.

The evening will feature a Staged Reading of Milo Rau’s Hate Radio, followed by the panel discussion "Documentary Theater: Implications for Policy and Post-Conflict Reconciliation", moderated by Cynthia Schneider.


 11 am – 12:15 pm

“Undesirable Elements: Real People, Real Lives, Real Theater”
Presentation by Bruce Allardice and Ping Chong
Ping Chong + Company

 1 – 2:30 pm

Konradin Kunze and Sophia Stepf's a small small world
Staged Reading
Directed by Serge Seiden (Associate Producing Artistic Director, The Studio Theatre)
Cast: Maboud Ebrahimzadeh and Jonathan Feuer

 2:45 – 3:15 pm

Artistic response by Forum Theatre

 3:30 - 4 pm

Kathrin Röggla’s Worst Case
Staged Reading of Excerpts
Directed by Jenny Lord (Resident Assistant Director, The Shakespeare Theatre Company)
Cast: Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey, Heather Haney, Joe Mallon, Max Reinhardsen, Michael Rudko, and Emily Townley

 4 – 4:30 pm

“This Really Happened”
Artistic response by Taffety Punk Theatre Company

 4:45 - 6:15 pm

"Documentary Theater: Creative Approaches"
Panel discussion moderated by Randy Gener (Critical Stages and TheaterofOneWorld)
Panelists: Colin Bills (dog & pony dc), Chris Jennings (The Shakespeare Theatre Company), Konradin Kunze and Sophia Stepf (a small, small world), Jocelyn Prince (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), David Snider (Arena Stage), Doug Wager (Temple University)

 7:30 - 9:15 pm

Milo Rau's Hate Radio
Staged Reading
Directed by Derek Goldman (Director, Georgetown University’s Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics), in partnership with Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
Cast: Caroline Clay, Crashonda Edwards, Rick Foucheux, Kenyatta Rogers, Erika Rose, Joshua Street, Baakari Wilder, and Michael Anthony Williams

 9:15 - 10 pm

Panel discussion: "Documentary Theater: Implications for Policy and Post-Conflict Reconciliation"
Panel discussion moderated by Cynthia Schneider (Co-Founder, Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University)
Panelists: Eva-Maria Bertschy (International Institute of Political Murder), Ping Chong, Randy Gener and Michael Pelletier (Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, US Department of State)

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