In honor of World Theatre Day (March 27th) an Around the Globe Chain Play will be presented at the Lark Play Development Center (311 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10036) at 7 p.m. Starting and ending in NYC, a play will be written as it travels around the world making 16 stops with playwrights from across the globe. Each playwright will contribute the next one to five pages of text, moving the plot forward from where the previous playwright left off.
With direction by Doug Howe, Artistic Director of the NYC based theatre company The Internationalist, casting will not be announced until the script is finalized after March 20th.
The 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), Caridad Svich (USA, NYC) and one TBA.
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 Dario Fo.
"We are just so thrilled to bring playwrights together from all corners of the earth to collaborate on the creation on what we hope to be a really fun piece of theater. The staged reading on March 27th should be truly special event." says Amanda Feldman, Lead Coordinator of the NYC World Theatre Day Coalition.
Companies and artists can become a member of the NYC World Theatre Day Coalition, celebrate theatre and participate in WTD activities by going to www.nycwtd.com.
The New York City World Theatre Day Coalition was formed in 2010 to create a widespread awareness of World Theatre Day in NYC by connecting the NYC theatre community to other theatre communities around the world and encouraging audiences in NYC and beyond to celebrate with us by attending the theatre. The Coalition is lead by an eight member Steering Committee that includes: The Alliance for Resident Theatres - New York www.art-newyork.org, The American Theatre Wing- www.americantheatrewing.org, The Innovative Theatre Foundation - www.nyitawards.com, The Internationalists - www.theinternationalists.org, Lark Play Development Center - www.larktheatre.org, The League of Independent Theater - www.litny.org and The Theatre Development Fund - www.tdf.org.
About World Theatre Day: Created in 1961 by the InterNational Theatre Institute (ITI), World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on March 27 by ITI Centres and the interNational Theatre community. Various national and interNational Theatre events are organized to mark this occasion, such as the creation and circulation of the World Theatre Day International Message through which, at the invitation of ITI, a figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace. The International Message is translated into more than 20 languages, read for tens of thousands of spectators before performances in theatres throughout the world.