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NYC World Theatre Day Coalition is excited to present…


The Staged Reading of the First Annual



Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00 PM


To be performed at The Lark Play Development Center

(311 West 43rd Street, NYC)


Tickets are FREE

To make reservations go to nycwtdchainplay2013.eventbrite.com


Starting and ending in NYC, a play is being written as it travels around the world, making 16 stops with playwrights from across the globe. Each playwright is contributing one to five pages of text, moving the plot forward from where the previous playwright left off. Our playwrights are:


Dominique Morisseau (USA, NYC)

Bekah Brunstetter (USA, Los Angeles)

Van Badham (Australia)

Mixkaela Villalon (Philippines)

Janice Poon (Hong Kong)

Abdelrahem Alawji (Lebanon)

Jeton Neziraj (Kosovo)

John Freedman (Russia)

Ulrike Syha (Germany)

Enver Husicic (Netherlands)

Zainabu Jallo (Nigeria)

Beatriz Cabur (Spain)

Sarah Grochala (UK)

Sigtryggur Magnason (Iceland)

Noé Morales Muñoz (Mexico)

Caridad Svich (USA, NYC)



The reading will be directed by Doug Howe, Artistic Director of the NYC-based theatre company, The Internationalists. Casting will be announced when the script is finalized after March 20th.


The reading will be followed by a World Theatre Day Reception where a number of NYC theatre luminaries will read the International Theatre Institute’s World Theatre Day Message that will be written this year by Italian playwright, Dario Fo.


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Playwright Bios

In order of their contribution in the Chain Play.


Dominique Morisseau (New York, USA) a writer and actress, is recent alumni of the 2011 Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, and the Lark Playwrights Workshop. Her play, Detroit ’67, will receive a world premiere in the 2012-2013 season of the Public Theater, which will be presented in association with the Classical Theatre of Harlem. In September 2012, her play Sunset Baby had its world premiere at the Gate Theater in London, UK. Dominique’s inaugural play, Follow Me To Nellie’s, was developed at the 2010 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and produced at Premiere Stages in July 2011. Her produced one-acts include: Third Grade (FTT Festival), Black at Michigan (Cherry Lane Studio/DUTF), Socks, Roses Are Played Out and Love and Nappiness (Center Stage, ATH). Dominique’s commissions include: love.lies.liberation (The New Group), Bumrush (Hip Hop Theater Festival) and The Masterpiece (Harlem9/HSA).  Dominique is currently developing a 3-play cycle on her hometown of Detroit, entitled “The Detroit Projects”.  The first play in the series, Detroit ’67, was developed at The Public Theater and was a finalist for the 2011 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. The second play in the series, Paradise Blue, was developed June 2011 at the Voice and Vision Retreat, the Hansberry Project at ACT in Seattle, and at Dartmouth with New York Theatre Workshop. Her work has also been published in NY Times bestseller - “Chicken Soup for the African American Soul”.  Dominique is a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Honoree, a two-time NAACP Image Award recipient, a runner-up for the 2011 Princess Grace Award, a recipient of the Elizabeth George commission from South Coast Rep, a commendation from the Primus Prize by the American Theatre Critics Association, and the winner of the 2012 Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playrwright Award by National Theatre Conference. Dominique is also the 2012 PoNY (Playwrights of New York) Fellow.


Bekah Brunstetter (Los Angeles, USA) plays include A Long and Happy Life (Upcoming, Naked Angels), Be a Good Little Widow (ARS NOVA, Spring 2011; COLLABORACTION, Fall 2011), House of Home (Williamstown Theater Festival, ROUGH reading Series), OOHRAH! (Atlantic Theater, 2009, Steppenwolf Garage / Livewire Productions, 2012), and Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Lark Playwrights Week 2009, Finborough Theater, June 2010; Ice Factory, July 2012). She is a a New York New Voices Fellow through the Lark Play Development Center, a member of The Primary Stages Writer’s Group and the Naked Radio writing team. She is an alumni of the Women's Project Writer's Lab, the Ars Nova Play Group, and the Playwright's Realm.  She is currently working on an EST Sloan commission, and just finished working with Craig Wright on a new MTV series, Underemployed.  BA UNC Chapel Hill; MFA in Dramatic Writing from the New School for Drama. www.bekahbrunstetter.com









Van Badham (Australia) is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter, critic, social commentator, broadcaster, dramaturg, director and cabaret performer. She has been called “a major talent” by The Guardian, “the brilliant Australian playwright” by The Independent and “one of the leading voices of her generation” by TimeOut London. Van was based in London for 10 years; here, her achievements included winning the NSDF International Play Script Competition and Sunday Times Harold Hobson Award for Drama Criticism, selection for the Summer Play Festival New York and national tours of her work supported by the Arts Council UK. She received commissions from Nabokov, Floodtide, LAMDA, Oxford Playhouse, the Royal Court and the BBC, and trained in writing for television on attachment with Holby City. From 2009-2011, Van was Literary Manager of the Finborough Theatre, London. In 2011, Van returned to her native Australia to take up an appointment to her present position as Artistic Associate (Writing) at Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre. In Australia, she has been selected for three National Play Festivals, won a Premier’s Award for her play Black Hands / Dead Section and won numerous other national honours and awards for playwriting and screenwriting. Presently, she is completing the second volume in the three-book Book of the Witch novel saga for Pan Macmillan Australia. She writes occasional columns for many publications and in 2011 was co-host of a literary programme for ABC radio. Internationally, Van’s work has been staged in the USA, Germany, Austria, Iceland, Slovenia and Switzerland, and her 2011 play, How It Is Or As You Like It was staged at the Rijkstheater, Stockholm, Sweden in August 2012. Van is on twitter @vanbadham, and more information is available on her website at www.vanbadham.com.


Mixkaela Villalon (The Philippines) is a playwright and a fictionist whose works have been published in various anthologies. She is a graduate student of the University of the Philippines struggling to complete her Master's degree in Creative Writing in Filipino. She has had two plays staged for the Virgin Labfest Theater Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, while her play Streetlight Manifesto debuted as a stage reading at the hotINK Theater Festival at the LARK in New York. Currently, she is a scriptwriter for a local television network and teaches Creative Writing for Video Games at a local collage.














Janice Poon (Hong Kong) Janice Sze Wan POON is a writer and theatre professional based in Hong Kong. She was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Lee Hysan Foundation fellowship to pursue research on dramaturgy and new play development in the United States for twelve months in the year 2010-11, during which she was a resident artist at the Lark Play Development Center. Her international engagements include the International Playwrights’ Forum of the International Theatre Institute, the Billy Rose Theatre collection at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts as a China Archivist for Theatre Without Borders. Back home, she is the founder and Artistic Director of Hong Kong Dramatists and a founding member of the New Writing Lab at Onandon Theatre Workshop. Ms. Poon started her professional career as an art and cultural journalist for Ming Pao Daily News, Hong Kong’s most widely distributed newspaper. She distinguished herself by establishing the first literary department in Hong Kong theatre and an active cultural worker in Hong Kong working also in the capacities as a playwright, director, culture writer, performer and curator. Ms Poon has edited six publications on Hong Kong theatre and culture. She’s keen to introduce contemporary theatre writing to Hong Kong with productions of Crave by Sarah Kane (UK, 2006), Death and the Maiden by Elfriede Jelinek (Austria, 2008), God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza (France, 2011) and Pornography by Simon Stephens (UK, 2013). She has curated and conceived site-specific performances at local bookshops for the Hong Kong People’s Fringe Festival. Ms Poon is committed to new play development and cross-disciplinary theatre productions. Five of her plays were presented in the Hong Kong Playwright Scheme and her plays were developed internationally in New York and London. Her play, The Room, was selected as part of the “30 Plays Celebrate 30 Years” festival of the League of Professional Theatre Women in New York in 2012.






Jeton Neziraj (Kosovo) has written over fiftee plays that have been staged and performed widely in Europe as well as in the USA. His plays and his writings have been translated and published in 13 languages. Neziraj is the founder and the director of Qendra Multimedia, a cultural production company based in Prishtina.
















Abed Alrahem Al Awji (Lebanon) is a writer, actor and storyteller. He has written many short stories, films and plays. He was chosen by the Royal Court Theatre in London to write two full-length plays: The Abandoned City and Sleeping Beauty Insomnia, which was produced in Scotland in 2011.

Janice Poon (Hong Kong) Janice Sze Wan POON is a writer and theatre professional based in Hong Kong. She was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Lee Hysan Foundation fellowship to pursue research on dramaturgy and new play development in the United States for twelve months in the year 2010-11, during which she was a resident artist at the Lark Play Development Center. Her international engagements include the International Playwrights’ Forum of the International Theatre Institute, the Billy Rose Theatre collection at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts as a China Archivist for Theatre Without Borders. Back home, she is the founder and Artistic Director of Hong Kong Dramatists and a founding member of the New Writing Lab at Onandon Theatre Workshop. Ms. Poon started her professional career as an art and cultural journalist for Ming Pao Daily News, Hong Kong’s most widely distributed newspaper. She distinguished herself by establishing the first literary department in Hong Kong theatre and an active cultural worker in Hong Kong working also in the capacities as a playwright, director, culture writer, performer and curator. Ms Poon has edited six publications on Hong Kong theatre and culture. She’s keen to introduce contemporary theatre writing to Hong Kong with productions of Crave by Sarah Kane (UK, 2006), Death and the Maiden by Elfriede Jelinek (Austria, 2008), God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza (France, 2011) and Pornography by Simon Stephens (UK, 2013). She has curated and conceived site-specific performances at local bookshops for the Hong Kong People’s Fringe Festival. Ms Poon is committed to new play development and cross-disciplinary theatre productions. Five of her plays were presented in the Hong Kong Playwright Scheme and her plays were developed internationally in New York and London. Her play, The Room, was selected as part of the “30 Plays Celebrate 30 Years” festival of the League of Professional Theatre Women in New York in 2012.


John Freedman (Russia) was the winner of the first annual new play competition hosted by The Internationalists in 2011 (Dancing, Not Dead). He has collaborated with several American theaters as a playwright, translator or dramaturg, including Double Edge Theater (MA), Breaking String Theater (TX), Generous Company (MD) and First Stage (VA). His 50+ play translations have been performed in the United States, Australia, Canada, South Africa and England. His translation into Russian of Adam Rapp’s Nocturne, with Maksym Kurochkin, opened at the Young Spectator Theater in Moscow in December 2012. He was the Russian director of The New Russian Drama: Translation/Production/Conference (2007 - 2010) at Towson University and is the Director of the U.S. government funded New American Plays for Russia project. John has written or edited and translated nine books on the topic of Russian drama and theater and has been the theater critic of The Moscow Times since 1992.












Ulrike Syha (Germany) was born in 1976 in Wiesbaden, Germany. She studied "Dramaturgie" at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" in Leipzig and worked for several years as an assistant to the director at Schauspiel Leipzig (artistic director: Wolfgang Engel). Since 2003 she lives as a freelance playwright in Hamburg, Germany. Ulrike Syha won several awards and stipends - the "Kleistförderpreis für junge Dramatiker" (2002), a fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude (2006/2007), a stipend at Deutsche Akademie Rom / Casa Baldi (2008) and the "Hamburger Förderpreis für Literatur" (2010), among others. She has been writer in residence at Nationaltheater Mannheim (2009/2010) and she has been invited to the renowned "Mülheimer Dramatikertage" twice (2003 and 2009). Ulrike Syha's plays, radio dramas, and translations are published by Rowohlt Theater Verlag, Reinbek, Germany. Her newest play "Mao und ich" will be staged at Nationaltheater Mannheim in autumn 2013.









Enver Husicic (The Netherlands) studied Writing for Performance at the Utrecht School of the Arts. He has written for a number of Dutch theatre companies including Het Syndicaat, Het Zuidelijk Toneel and Growing Up in Public. His plays deal with sexual desire, love, death and torture, and are characterized by a poetic intensity, humour and extreme and violent stage action. Enver’s plays depict a society that preaches false morals and values to disguise the individualism and existential loneliness of the human being. With razor sharp dialogue, his characters rip open themselves and those around them in their inability and unwillingness to adapt or conform. ‘The approach is reminiscent of the East European avant-garde represented by writers such Slawomir Mrozek and Pavel Kohout, artists who criticized the insane bureaucracy with a good dose of absurdism and absurdity. No psychological characterization but […] grotesque figures which symbolize, to a lesser or greater degree, the powers and forces of a derailed society’ Algemeen Dagblad.









Zainabu Jallo (Nigeria) has written three plays Saraya Dangana, Onions Make Us Cry, and Holy Night and other short plays. Onions Make Us Cry was read at the HotINK international festival of new plays in March 2011 at the Lark Play Development Center in New York. In November 2011, Onions make us Cry was announced as one of the six winning plays of the National Studio London, Africa Project. Holy Night, one of the finalists of the Internationalists Playwriting Competition is currently being produced. Zainabu is a Sundance Theatre Fellow. She also writes poetry.














Beatriz Cabur (Spain) is a theatre director and playwright. Graduated in Theatre Directing and Playwriting from the RESAD, Madrid, Spain with a Master of Advanced Studies in AV-Comms from the UCM. Beatriz has written and directed theatre in Spain, Italy, Mexico and the USA. Two of her plays have been published. Some of the organizations that have commissioned and supported her theatre are The Cervantes Institute, The Madrid City Hall and the Consulate General of Spain in New York. Beatriz is the co-founder of New International Theatre Experience (NITE), a global service organization that supports and empowers theatre makers by revolutionizing the way artists and administrators create, connect and cooperate in the twenty-first century. Founded in 2012 in Madrid and New York by Beatriz Cabur and Douglas Howe, NITE transforms the theatrical landscape by providing both physical and virtual platforms for investigation, innovation and interaction. She is a member of the international network for working playwrights, The Fence. She’s currently directing a project called “Interteatro” to promote the Spanish Playwrighting worldwide. "Interteatro" experiments with different combinations of recorded video, live streaming, and live performances thorough the shows. The first one of the eight plays that “Interteatro” features premièred on February 21st in Milan, Italy and it was a great success. For further information please visit www.beatrizcabur.com and www.interteatro.com.



Sarah Grochala (United Kingdom) currently lives in London. Her work has been produced in the UK and internationally. Her play S-27 (Finborough 2009; Griffin Theatre, Sydney 2010; Annex Theatre, Toronto, 2012) won the 2007 Amnesty International Protect the Human Playwriting Competition and was shortlisted for the King’s Cross Award and the Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers. In 2011, she was the recipient of OffWestEnd.com’s Adopt a Playwright Award for her play Smolensk.
Other plays include: Open Ground (Teatro Technis, London 2005), Waiting for Romeo (Hill Street, Edinburgh 2006; Pleasance, London 2009). She is a founder member of the theatre company Agent 160, for whom she wrote a short adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s Red Shoes (Theatre 503, London; Chapter, Cardiff; The Arches, Glasgow; Queen's, Belfast 2012). She is currently an associate artist at Headlong and on attachment at the National Theatre.










Sigtryggur Magnason (Iceland) was born on January 20th, 1974. He graduated with a B.A. degree in Icelandic literature and language from the University of Iceland in 1997. From 1998 onwards, worked for various media outlets, such as the Icelandic Broadcasting Service, as an editor of a daily radio programme, and as a media correspondent for the cultural supplement of Morgunblaðið. In the spring of 1997 Sigtryggur published the poetry book Ást á grimmum vetri / Love in a Cruel Winter. Five years later Mál og menning published his poetry book/play Herjólfur er hættur að elska /Herjólfur Has Stopped Loving, which was staged in the spring of 2003 by the National Theatre of Iceland and recorded for radio broadcasting.  In the spring of 2007, Sigtryggur's work Yfirvofandi / Imminent, directed by Bergur Þór Ingólfsson and performed by Edda Arnljótsdóttir, Ingvar E. Sigurðsson and Jörundur Ragnarsson, premiered in Sigtryggur's own home, as a part of the Reykjavík Arts Festival. The work earned Sigtryggur a nomination for Gríman , the annual Icelandic drama awards, as playwright of the year. The work was also performed by the Icelandic Broadcasting Service Theatre in 2009, and won a Gríman award in the same year for best radio play. It was published in a bilingual edition, in Icelandic and English, as translated by Lani Yamamoto. In 2010 the play won 2ndprize in a Nordic radio play competition. In 2011 Imminent was  published, along with two other Icelandic works, by Hänschel Schauspiel in Berlin. In 2007, Sigtryggur's translation of the play How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel was staged by Akureyri Theatre Company. Herjólfur Has Stopped Loving was staged at The Internationalists Theatre Festival in New York in the fall of 2008 (directed by Jeremy Lydic). In June 2012 Herjólfur was staged in The University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, directed by Lauren Allison. In 2009, Sigtryggur was asked to write a play for the graduating class of the drama department of The Icelandic Academy of the Arts. The resulting work, Bráðum hata ég þig (Soon I'll Hate You) premiered in January 2010, directed by Una Þorleifsdóttir. In May 2012 Sigtryggur’s play TRANS was performed in a Champagne Club in Reykjavík as a part of Reykjavík Arts Festival. The play was recorded for the Icelandic Broadcasting Service and premiered on air 17th of February 2013. His newest play, Nú er himneska sumarið komið (The Heavenly Summer Has Arrived), will premiere in Iceland in April.  Sigtryggur is currently working on a TV-series with Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson and a film script with Árni Thor Jónsson.


Caridad Svich (New York City, USA) received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based on the Isabel Allende novel. She has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times, including in the year 2012 for her play Magnificent Waste. In the 2012-13 season: 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award round two recipient GUAPA receives a rolling world premiere courtesy of NNPN at Borderlands Theater in Arizona, Miracle Theatre in Oregon and Phoenix Theater in Indiana; her 4-actor play Love in the Time of Cholera, based on the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel, premiered at Repertorio Espanol in NYC, where it is still running, The Tropic of X premieres at Single Carrot Theatre in Baltimore. There will also be regional US premieres of In the Time of the Butterflies (based on the Julia Alvarez novel) at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, The House of the Spirits at Gala Hispanic Theatre in Washington D.C, and academic premiere of her fantasia on 1963, Pop culture and the Kennedy assassination The Archaeology of Dreams at University of Nebraska-Omaha. Her new play Spark received 32 readings across the US and abroad, including a reading at the Cherry Lane Theatre produced by TEL and Mannatee Films under Scott Schwartz’ direction in November 2012 to honor female war veterans (http://www.nopassport.org/spark). Among her key works: 12 Ophelias, Any Place But Here, Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable), Instructions for Breathing, Magnificent Waste and the multimedia collaboration The Booth Variations. Five of her plays radically re-imagining ancient Greek tragedies are published in the September 2012 collection Blasted Heavens (Eyecorner Press, University of Denmark). Her works are also published by TCG, Broadway Play Publishing, Playscripts, Arte Publico Press, Smith & Kraus, Alexander Street Press, and more. Among her awards/recognitions are: Harvard University Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts National Theater Artist Residency at INTAR, NEA/TCG Playwriting Residency at the Mark Taper Theatre Forum Latino Theatre Initiative and a California Arts Council Fellowship. She has edited several books on theatre including Out of Silence: Censorship in Theatre & Performance (Eyecorner Press), Trans-Global Readings and Theatre in Crisis? (both for Manchester University Press) Divine Fire (BackStage Books), and Out of the Fringe: Contemporary Latina/o Theatre & Performance (TCG), and Conducting a Life: Reflections on the Theatre of Maria Irene Fornes (Smith & Kraus). Her translations of Federico Garcia Lorca’s plays are collected in Lorca: Six Major Plays (NoPassport Press) and Impossible Theatre (Smith & Kraus). She has also translated theatre works by Julio Cortazar, Lope de Vega, Calderon de la Barca, Antonio Buero Vallejo and contemporary plays from Mexico, Cuba, Serbia and Catalonia. She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, founder of NoPassport theatre alliance & press, Drama Editor of Asymptote journal of literary translation, associate editor of Routledge/UK's Contemporary Theatre Review and contributing editor of TheatreForum. She is affiliated artist of the Lark Play Development Center, Woodshed Collective, New Georges, and a Lifetime member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. She holds an MFA in Theatre from UCSD, and she trained for four consecutive years with Maria Irene Fornes at INTAR. She has taught playwriting at Bard College, Barnard College, Bennington College, Einhorn School of the Arts at Primary Stages, OSU, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, ScriptWorks, UCSD, and Yale School of Drama. She is an entry in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latino Literature. Website: http://www.caridadsvich.com


Noé Morales Muñoz (Mexico) is a playwright, dramatist, theatre critic, teacher, translator and literary essayist. He has received artistic development grants from the Mexican Foundation for Young Writers, the National Fund for Culture and Arts, and the Royal Court Theatre of London. He took part The Word Exchange, a 15 day – residency at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City in November, 2009. He also participated in the February 2013 NY Madness Summertime in Winter cycle as a playwright, with the short piece Out Of Time. He’s currently developing a one—woman show with NY—based actor Daniela Thome: The Just Play Project. He has received the 2007 National Theatrical Essay Award, convoked by the National Institute for Fine Arts and PasodeGato magazine and the 2010 Chilango – fmx Scenic Arts Award, promoted by Editorial Expansión and the Festival del Centro Histórico of Mexico City. He has had fifteen of his plays produced throughout México, and has developed collaborative scenic works as dramatist, stage manager, producer, director and assistant director with some of the most outstanding Mexican theatre and dance companies.