Koffi Kwahulé, from the Ivory Coast
Lenin Al-Ramly, from Egypt
Zdenka Becker, from Austria
Leung Shing Him, from Hong Kong
Jon Fosse, from Norway
Chong Mui Ngam, from Hong Kong
Buddhadeva Bose, from India
Philip Boehm, from the U.S.
Klaus Pohl, from Germany
The Setting: On an empty stage, in a virtual space, the cast of this drama gathers for the first scene of their respective plays to be presented simultaneously....
Koffi Kwahulé's Little Stain introduces a mischievous spirit, the son of lightning, who visits a bourgeois family frozen in their own domestic drama while watching television in Africa.
Lenin Al-Ramly's A Peace of Women presents Aristophanes' Lysistrata redux, with a chorus of women denying their husbands their affection during the current war in Iraq.
(Aside: Liesl Schillinger interviews Ellen Stewart on her own wild Classical cycle, Seven.)
In Zdenka Becker's Scent of Wheat, an aging poet muses on the role of writers during wartime, the Balkan conflict, art, beauty, sex, trauma, God, burying someone you love, and unfinished translations.
Seven, by Leung Shing Him, portrays a misogynist Hong Kong real estate agent and his victim, a girl implicated in the crime, trading perspectives in a sophisticated thriller.
Night Sings Its Songs, by Norway's leading playwright Jon Fosse, takes us deep into one fateful night where a young man and woman, in a relationship haunted by unfulfilled desires and ambitions, try to reconnect.
Alive in the Mortuary, by Chong Mui Ngam takes us to Uganda, where a doctor and a poet debate the relative value of the poetic and the scientific in a mortuary.
Buddhadeva Bose's The Ascetic and the Courtesan presents an ancient Hindu legend of a drought, an ailing king, and the royal marriage intended to reverse the fortunes of the kingdom.
Philip Boehm's Zeke is a postmodern response to Franz Kafka's story "A Report to an Academy," in which the grandson of an educated ape muses on Americana.
And Klaus Pohl's Canary illuminates various facets of the diamond district in New York City.
Credits: The lion's share of the plays selected for this issue were curated by Theatre Without Borders, an informal, voluntary group of theatre artists around the world.
from Little Stain
In memory of Robert Mac Leod, Koné Ibrahima, Jean-Claude Grenier One must lose one's self to find one's self. --Ralph Ellison In the human world, time is three The time to
from A Peace of Women
A Baghdad 2003 Lysistrata, adapted from Aristophanes' Play NOTE: El-Ramly's Salam El-Nisaa (A Peace of Women) is a nuanced adaptation of Aristophanes' Lysistrata, set in
Drama Queen: An Interview with Ellen Stewart
Words Without Borders is proud to present the following interview conducted by Liesl Schillinger, speaking with Ellen Stewart in May, 2004. Ellen Stewart had just completed her epic
from The Scent of Wheat
Monologue for the Stage A Tragicomedy * Dedicated to a great poet, who understands that despite Sarajevo, life offers something more than death. * Darkness. In the distance the
Time: 2004 Place: In a corner of West Kowloon Characters: Voice - the "inner voice" of various main characters Tze Seun Wong - real estate agent, about 50 yrs old, deals mainly with old
from Night Sings Its Songs
TRANSLATOR'S NOTE: Natta Syng Sine Songar by Jon Fosse was first presented by the Rogaland Theatre in Stavanger, Norway in 1997. The English translation, Night Sings Its Songs, was
from Alive in the Mortuary
The setting is inside the mortuary of a hospital in an African country at war, Angola. Two corpses are covered by white sheets. In the original play, the text in italics is spoken in
from The Ascetic and The Courtesan
A Play in Four Acts *** Author's Note: Tapasvi o Tarangini (The Ascetic and The Courtesan) was published in five consecutive issues of the magazine Desh in 1966, after which it was
from Soul of a Clone
NOTE: Kafka's "A Report to an Academy" served as a springboard for Philip Boehm's theater piece Soul of a Clone, which premiered in January 2005 at Upstream Theater in St. Louis. The
A Report to an Academy
Esteemed Gentlemen of the Academy! I feel honored by your invitation to present the academy with a report on my former life as an ape. I am afraid, however, that I will be unable to
Characters: Siggi Grünebaum, an old diamond cutter Benny Schorsch, his partner Violetta Grünebaum-Moser, Siggi's daughter Roland Moser, her husband Elfie Schneider, a young