Borders and Their Shadows: An International Festival

BORDERS AND THEIR SHADOWS

Borders & Their Shadows

The GU Theater & Performance Studies Program presents Borders & Their Shadows: A Festival of Plays on International Themes from September 19-28, opening the 2019-20 TPST home season.

Professor Christine Evans, Festival Curator
Professor Maya E. Roth, Artistic Director, Davis Performing Arts Center

This Festival features free Concert Readings of new plays by women writing across international borders, amplified by special forums with the Playwrights, Georgetown Faculty, and Activists, offering imaginative entry points to the cascading human and social consequences of forced migration. Play Readings, featuring Students & Guests, Interact with Forums involving
International Artists & Scholars Sept. 19-22.

The Festival is generously funded by TPST’s Home Season in the Davis Center and the College Dean’s Office; the Global Humanities Faculty Seminars, co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement and Georgetown College; and the Embassy of Sweden, with co-sponsorship by the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics and the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Sponsorship for individual artists follows their events.

All events are in the Davis Performing Arts Center & are FREEregistration required at performingarts.georgetown.edu. Keep checking this page for more details to come. (Last updated 9/14/19)


Festival Schedule 

September 19–22: Festival Weekend! 
Play Readings and Accompanying Forums

September 26–28: Play Readings Only

Thursday, September 19

6 p.m.

WELCOME to BORDERS & THEIR SHADOWS FESTIVAL
by Hosts (Prof. Christine Evans & Prof. Maya E. Roth)

OPENING PANEL on DREAMERS Here/Now
Moderated by Shiloh Krupar (Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor, SFS/CULP), and featuring Arelis Palacios, (Associate Director of Undocumented Student Services/Center for Multicultural Equity & Access) and Anahi Figueroa-Flores ([C'21,]) Activist & Dreamer, Hoyas for Immigrant Rights).
GONDA THEATRE

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6:45 p.m.

OPENING RECEPTION, GONDA THEATRE

7:30 p.m.

Featured PLAY: AMERICAN TRIAGE by Marisela Treviño Orta
Directed by Elena Velasco, with student and alumni actors.
DEVINE STUDIO THEATRE
Teens Lalo and Fatima struggle to keep their family and faith intact when their parents are deported after immigration raids sweep through their city. But when Lalo turns to his guardian angel for help, he sets into motion events that threaten to further fracture his family.

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Post-Show TALK: Playwright Marisela Treviño Orta & Director Elena Velasco

FRIDAY, September 20

6 p.m.

FORUM on Nauru Contexts: Prison Island for Refugees, Climate Crisis, Colonialism
Prof. Derek Goldman (Chair, GU Department of Performing Arts; Co-Founder of Lab for Global Performance & Politics), Moderator. Panelists include Prof. Christine Evans (TPST, Curator/Playwright of Borders & Their Shadows Festival), Prof. Katrin Sieg (SFS), and Anne Richard (Adjunct Professor, Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) School of Foreign Service (SFS)).

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6:45 p.m.

Reception, GONDA THEATRE

7:30 p.m.

Featured PLAY: TOMORROW WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF by Stefanie Zadravec
Directed by Prof. Maya E. Roth, with student & alumni actors.
DEVINE STUDIO THEATRE
This play, set on Nauru—Australia's prison island for asylum seekers— draws climate scientists into a complex web of present need and past history and politics. As the island is haunted by imminent demise and global politics, Afghan and Iraqi refugees fight for dignity and sanity. 

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Post-Show TALK: Playwright Stefanie Zadravec & Director Maya Roth

SATURDAY, September 21

2 p.m.

FORUM Scandinavian Visions: Plays, Im/migrants & Class in a Changing Europe
Moderated by Linda Zachrison (Cultural Counselor, Embassy of Sweden), this panel will feature Professor Sherry Linkon (Georgetown University, English Dept.), Karin Henriksson (Washington correspondent, Svenska Dagbladet), and Hilkka-Liisa Iivanainen (Director, The Woman Who Turned into a Tree).
GONDA THEATRE

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2:40 p.m.

Refreshments in Gonda Lobby

3:00 p.m.

Featured PLAY: TORGUS AND SNOW by Christine Evans
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge featuring students and DC professionals.
DEVINE STUDIO THEATRE
A talking vacuum cleaner, a child-turned-machine, and malevolent trolls interweave in a Nordic fever-dream inspired by Sweden’s “apathetic children” – young refugees who fall into coma-like states when faced with deportation.

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Post-show TALK: Playwright Christine Evans & Director Eleanor Holdridge

6 p.m.

Light Dinner for reserved participants, Gonda Lobby

7:15 p.m.

FEATURED PLAY: THE WOMAN WHO TURNED INTO A TREE by Lisa
Langseth *

Directed by Hilkka-Liisa Iivanainen
DEVINE STUDIO THEATRE
Dafne, a night club hostess, resolutely hides her working-class roots. When she has to move to a deserted suburb by a forest, a tree by her window begins to talk to her. Funny and tragic, this mythic story of loneliness asks what happens when you have lost contact with your inner self and reach the outskirts of reality… for better or worse.
First brought to the US by the Bergman Studio and Swedish Arts Council, this play features NY-based Ghanaian-Ugandan-American solo performer Julia Kwamya. The play was first introduced in Washington DC in a collaboration with The Embassy of Sweden and SATC.

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Post-show TALK, including Director Hilkka-Liisa Iivananinen and Solo Performer Julia Kwamya.

8:30 p.m.

DESSERT Reception, Gonda Lobby

SUNDAY, September 22

2 p.m.

Featured Performance: The Woman Who Turned Into a Tree by Lisa Langseth
Directed by Hilkka-Liisa Iivanainen, Featuring Solo Performer Julia Kwamya
DEVINE STUDIO THEATRE

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2:45 p.m.

CLOSING CREATIVE FORUM: Playwrights in Conversation, DEVINE STUDIO
Including Christine Evans, Marisela Treviño Orta and Stefanie Zadravec, moderated by Prof. Maya E. Roth (TPST).

3:45 p.m.

Closing RECEPTION for FESTIVAL


Additional Play Readings all at 8 p.m., Devine Studio Theatre:

Thursday, September 26: Tomorrow Will Take Care of Itself by Stefanie Zadravec, directed by Prof. Maya E. Roth
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Friday, September 27: American Triage by Marisela Treviño Orta, directed by Elena Velasco
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Saturday, September 28: Torgus and Snow by Christine Evans, directed by Eleanor Holdridge
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Featured as the opening for the Theater & Performance Studies Home Season in the Davis Center, the Borders & their Shadows Festival is generously funded by Georgetown College, Georgetown's Global Humanities Initiative and the Embassy of Sweden, with co-sponsorship by the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics.

* Artists for The Woman Who Turned Into a Tree are generously sponsored by the Embassy of Sweden, the Finnish Cultural Foundation and Finland's National Council for the Performing Arts, as well as the Swedish Arts Council.