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ACFNY SUPPORTED | STAGED READING
THOMAS ARZT: CHIRPING HILL
THURSDAY JUN 28, 07:00 PM
The Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Soho Rep present a staged reading of Chirping Hill by Austrian playwright Thomas Arzt, in an English translation by Neil Blackadder, as part of the new series ZEITGEIST: New Playwrights from Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
The Chirping Hill is a hill where once every summer the employees have a special party - a chance to get back to nature and let their hair down. But last year things got out of hand. What exactly happened, and how will it affect this year’s gathering, to which important potential investors from overseas have been invited? All will be revealed, and commented on in song by a chorus of crickets.
The staged reading will be directed by Jeremy Bloom and will feature the talents of Hannah Bos, Emily Davis, Steve Rattazzi, Jocelyn Bioh, Stephen Ellis, Andrew Dolan, and David Rosenblatt.
The staged reading will be followed by a Q&A with playwright Thomas Arzt.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
29-year old Austrian playwright Thomas Arzt was awarded the 2011 Hans-Gratzer-Grant for his first play, Grillenparz, which was subsequently premiered at Vienna’s Schauspielhaus. Besides holding a degree in Theater studies from the University of Vienna, Arzt also attended the University of Television and Film in Munich, Germany. Arzt is the recipient of Vienna’s Playwright Grant, as well as the Thomas-Bernhard-Grant from the city of Linz. He is currently finishing his second play, Alpenvorland, a tragicomic look at life in between the countryside and the city.
Translator Neil Blackadder specializes in the ttranslation of contemporary drama and prose from German and French. Blackadder is a Professor of Theatre at Knox College, and has received a number of grants such as the PEN Translation Fund, Ledig House Writers Residency, and the Howard Foundation.
ABOUT THE SERIES
The staged reading is part of a new series presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Goethe-Institut New York, and the Consulate General of Switzerland titled ZEITGEIST: New Playwrights from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The series is curated by freelance director, dramaturge, and producer Gillian Drake, who holds an MFA from Carnegie Melon University in theater directing.
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