This event will include a conversation with two German artists; a staged reading of Maxi Obexer's powerful one act docudrama, Illegal Helpers; and a panel discussion exploring the challenges, risks, and power inherent in the act of translating plays.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 through Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
at Silk Road Rising | 77 W Washington St., Lower Level, Chicago, IL 60602
As part of The Art of Translating, Silk Road Rising will be performing a staged reading of the 2016 Eurodram Prize-winning play, Illegal Helpers as a representative sample of theatrical translation.
This documentary play by playwright Maxi Obexer addresses the plight of the "illegal helpers" who seek to provide aid and shelter to migrants—even though it is against the law. A powerful insight into a contemporary tragedy that theatrens to engulf Western Europe, it provides a sharp look at those who help, and those who callously sit by doing nothing.
The Art of Translating will also feature a panel discussion with translator Neil Blackadder, award winning playwright and translator Ulrike Syha, and director and arts educator Susanne Knierim. Their insight will provide perspective into the role of translation and its power in the reception and effectiveness of a playwright's work.
About the Panelists
Neil Blackadder has established himself as a prominent translator of contemporary drama from German and French, having received major grants, staged readings, and productions of his work.
Ulrike Syha is an award winning playwright and translator who studied Dramaturgy in Leipzig. She has had numerous plays published and was nominated for the Mülheimer dramatist prize in both 2003 and 2009.
Susanne Knierim is a theatre director and arts educator whose work has been seen on stages throughout Germany, including Theatre N.N. Hamburg, Schauspiel Leipzig, and Lichthof Theatre in Hamburg.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Space is limited. Reservations are required. To RSVP, click here.
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