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Europe Then and Now in Audio Drama & Illegal Helpers
7:00 PM - 11:59 PM Czech Center New York at the Bohemian National Hall
Date: November 16, 2018 to November 16, 2018
Where: Czech Center New York at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd Street, New York, New York, United States, 10021
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Event Type: Arts & Theater, Food & Dining, Festivals & Fairs
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Panel Discussion: EUROPE THEN AND NOW IN AUDIO DRAMA  November 16th at 7PM3rd Floor - BBLA Room    This panel discussion will explore the role of audio drama in documenting and dissecting political events, the experience of bringing history to life through sound, and the challenges and pleasures of reaching new audiences. Moderator Sarah Montague, producer of PRI's Selected Shorts and a frequent guest director with Play for Voices, will speak with artists affiliated with three PfV productions that explore the legacy of 1989: Tereza Semotamová and Barbora Růžičková, the author and translator of Please Enter Destination; Elena Mancini, the translator of It's Cold and It's Getting So Dark; Jocelyn Kuritsky, an actor featured in both I Regret Nothing and It's Cold and It's Getting So Dark; Carol Monda, an actor featured in both Please Enter Destination and It's Cold and It's Getting So Dark; and Matt Fidler, a Play for Voices co-producer who designed the sound for I Regret Nothing. FOLLOWED BY: Staged Reading: ILLEGAL HELPERS  November 16th at 8:30PM3rd Floor - BBLA Room                                              Following the panel at 8:30pm, we'll present a staged reading of Illegal Helpers, a German play by Maxi Obexer, in Neil Blackadder's English translation. This innovative and timely piece of audio drama explores the current refugee crisis in Europe through the eyes of average citizens, drawing upon interviews with Swiss and Austrian residents from all walks of life-doctors, judges, social workers, activists, and students-who have taken it upon themselves to help refugees, even when that means breaking the law. The stories of the helpers are periodically interrupted by the voice of an impersonal "legislator," who reads out official statutes regulating the movement and treatment of refugees. Through this juxtaposition, the play questions the justness of a society that criminalizes humanitarian actions. Play for Voices co-producer Katrin Redfern will direct this
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