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      • 2008-10 New
      • Performances
      • & Touring
      • Productions, workshops, readings, concerts, screenings of new plays/operas: SEVEN, HARLEQUIN, ALL THOSE VIOLENT SWEATERS, DRAGON vs. EAGLE, WELLSPRING, OVER THE GARDEN WALL, STADIUM DEVILDARE, THE GRAND INQUISITOR and CAFÉ ANTARSIA ENSEMBLE in Chicago, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Austin, Dallas, Brattleboro (VT), Aspen (CO), Harvard (MA); Ithaca, Rochester, Canton, Lodi, NYC (NY); Stokholm, Lund, Gothenberg, Visby, Gnosjö, Sundsvall, Malmö, Helsingborg, Falun, Skellefteå, Umeå, Vilhelmina, Halmstad, Skövde, Varberg, Ludvika, etc. (SWEDEN), Deauville, (FRANCE), Cairo and Alexandria (Egypt), London (UK), Sibiu and Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Prague (Czech Rep), Amsterdam (NL), Toronto (Ontario), Montreal (Quebec), etc.
      • new documentary drama
      • SEVEN monologues and play www.sevenplay.org
      • 2009 Riksteatern Swedish tour (now running): June 29 Visby, Länsteatern; September 12 Gnosjö, Gnosjö Församlingshem : September 14 Stockholm, Stadsteatern, c/o Stockholms stadsteater ; September 15 Stockholm, Stockholms Universitet, Juristernas Hus ; October 1 Sundsvall, Våningen ; October 2 Sundsvall Abonnerad ; October 6 Malmö, Malmö Stadsteater- Intiman ; October 7 Helsingborg, Stadsteatern, Lillan ; October 8 Göteborg, Världskulturmuseet October 14 Falun, Dala teatern, Nya scenen ; October 19 Skellefteå, Västerbottensteatern, Scenen ; October 20 Umeå, Sagateatern ; October 22 Vilhelmina, Folkets Hus, Essegården ; October 22 Vilhelmina, Folkets Hus, Essegården ; October 23 Stockholm, Nalen, Stora salen ; October 23 Vilhelmina, Folkets Hus, Essegården ; November 03 Halmstad, Mediteket November 04 Skövde, Göteborgsoperan Skövde, Scenen ; November 05 Varberg, Teater Halland, Teater 1 ; November 11 Ludvika, Högbergsskolan Abonnerad ; November 12 Falun, Haraldsbo gymnasium Abonnerad (SWEDEN); • Sept 14-15 International Democracy Day Celebrations sponsored by Riksteatern, the Swedish theatre group, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, United Nations Development Programme’s Nordic Office and the University of Stockholm (SWEDEN); • June 29, 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival (Aspen Colorado); • June 1, 2009 Royal Aeronautical Society in London (UK);
    • SEVEN productions (cont’d): March 26, 2009 Skirball Theater, NYU Center for Global Affairs introduced by Diane von Furstenberg, designer, entrepreneur with panel discussion moderated by Tina Brown, Daily Beast, etc. (NYC); • March 16, 2009 Harvard Business School (Cambridge); • Nov 12, 2008 The Harmon Center for the Arts / Vital Voices (Washington, DC); • Oct 2-19 LaMama Experimental Theatre monologues under the title JOURNEYS (NYC); • October 16, 2008 4th Annual International Forum for Women on the Economy and Society (Deauville, FRANCE); http://www.womens-forum.com; • SEVEN translated into Swedish by Hedda Sjogren, performed in national “Home Not Home” festival in Fall 2008; • October 16, 2008 Association for Foreign Policy at University of Lund with a talk on the political power of theatre (SWEDEN) www.lask.se/upf; • October 7, 2008 FolkTeatern in Gothenburg, main stage. A talk will follow on women living in hiding in Sweden (SWEDEN); • November 17, 2008 Elverket/Powerstation, the stage for contemporary plays at Royal Dramatic Theatre (Stockholm, Sweden); and Riksteatern Hallunda http://www.riksteatern.se; (Stockholm) www.dramaten.se/Dramaten/Elverket; • April 13 Culture Project Women’s International Festival (NYC); • Mar 6, 2008 Dione von Furstenberg’s studio/Vital Voices (Washington DC); • Jan 21, 2008 at 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center (NYC)
    • Farida Azizi with Hafstat Abiola, with Diane von Furstenberg & cast of 7, and with Tina Brown of New Yorker/Daily Beast
    • Riksteatern / 145 83 Norsborg ⁄ Tel: 08-531 991 00 ⁄ Fax: 08-531 830 12 ⁄ info@rikstetern.se ⁄ www.riksteatern.se
    • SEVEN Running now Sept 12 - Nov 12, 2009 through-out Sweden
        • London premiere of SEVEN June 1, 2009
      • AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHTS DOCUMENT THE STRUGGLE AGAINST INJUSTICE OF SEVEN WOMEN ON FOUR CONTINENTS Seven award-winning playwrights Ruth Margraff, Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Anna Deavere Smith, and Susan Yankowitz have created a collaborative work for the theatre based upon personal interviews and oral histories of seven extraordinary women whose work benefits the citizens of their diverse cultures: Russia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, and Cambodia. The play is a testament to their extraordinary acts and common humanity in the face of injustice and violence. It had a world premiere in a staged reading that was directed by Evan Yionoulis at the 92nd St Y in New York. Seven was created with the support of Vital Voices Global Partnership
      • new reality program play
      • Los Angeles premiere
      • STADIUM DEVILDARE: a reality program for the intimate American arena Feb 15 - Mar 23, 2008 Theater of Note Los Angeles premiere in Hollywood (CA) May 1-4, 2008 Sanctuary Theater “Sweet Cantatas Festival” in Brattleboro excerpt “Night Parachute Battalion” (Vermont) www.myspace.com/devildare2008 ;
      • new music CAF É ANTARSIA ENSEMBLE INTERNATIONAL & NATIONAL TOURING signed to INNOVA RECORDS Summer 2007 “ So ngs of the Table ” album street release October 17, 2007 CAF É ANTARSIA ENSEMBLE 2009 touring: Feb 21 THREE GRACES soliloquies for Rhinofest at Viaduct Theater (Chicago); April 24 Chicago Cultural Institute/Music Without Borders (Chicago); April 25 Viaduct Theater with Djuliano Milosavljevic's aka Juliano Milo Balkan Romalen Ensemble "Gypsy Legend"  (Chicago); May 8 House of Hamez and Rochester Radio 4 WXXI2 on WRUR 88.5 Open Tunings with Scott Regan live broadcast (Rochester); May 9 Zebulon Caf é Concert (Brooklyn); May 27 CAF É ANTARSIA duets at Club Dada Listening Room (Dallas); June 12 FEVER IN THE FUNKHOUSE at Club Dada (Dallas); July 18 Bibliotheca Alexandrina International Summer Festival  (Alexandria, EGYPT); July 23 CAF É ANTARSIA  at Cairo Jazz Club (Cairo, EGYPT); Sept 25 Zebulon Caf é Concert (Brooklyn); Sept 26 Gypsy Festival at Dano's Heuriger on Seneca (Lodi Finger Lakes wine country, NY); January 8-9, 2010 Salvage Vanguard (Austin, TX);
      • CAF É ANTARSIA ENSEMBLE 2008 touring : Jan 10, April 12 CAE at Mehanata Bulgarian Bar/House of Roma “Gypsy” (NYC); April 24 Viaduct Theater/HotHouse Center for International Performance (Chicago); April 25 Chicago Cultural Center /Music Without Borders (Chicago); May 23 Accidental Festival/Institute for Contemporary Arts (London); May 27 Skek Caf é & Gallery (Amsterdam); May 28 Rock Caf é Praha with Ahmed Ma Hlad, (Prague); May 30 Klub v Jeleni at the borders of Prague Castle (Prague);  June 3-4 Teatrul Imposibil and "Euphorion" Studio of the National Theatre of Cluj (Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA); June 6-7 Festivalul Teatrul de la Sibiu/ Club Imperium and Cisnadioara Fortress (Sibiu, ROMANIA); June 12 radio interview on Hellenic Public Radio Cosmo FM on WNYE 91.5 FM by Bill Buschel; June 12 Drom Gypsy Bar (NYC); June 13 House of Hamez with Rochester Radio 4 WXXI2 on WRUR 88.5 Open Tunings feature (Rochester, NY); June 14 Lost Dog Lounge broadcast on Crossing Borders Live WVBR 93.5 FM (Ithaca, NY); Sept 27 Ithaca Gypsy Festival at Dano’s Heuriger on Seneca (Lodi, NY); Oct 24 House of Hamez/The Mez (Rochester, NY); Oct 25 Crossing Borders Live on WVBR 93.5 FM (Ithaca, NY); Oct 31 Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Caf é with Luminescent Orchestrii (Brooklyn/NYC);
      • CAE 2007 touring: Jan 6, 2007 Brooklyn Academy of Music/ BAM CAF É tribute concert for composer Fred Ho (NYC) Feb 21 Laguardia Performing Arts Center music for Marcy Arlin's Heresy (Queens) Mar 27 Tribecca Performing Arts Center live music for America-in-Play prelude (NYC) Mar 22 Mo Pitkins House of Satisfaction at Avenue A (NYC) ; May 19 Artomatic Arts Extravaganza (Washington DC); May 31 Mo Pitkins House of Satisfaction downstairs lounge (NYC); June 16 Montreal Lancement de la 2i ’e Saison Festivale des Concerts a l'Anglicane Holy Trinity de Lakefield (Canada); June 20 Hollins University (Roanoke, Virginia) ; June 21 Soul Infusion Tea House in the Smoky Mountains (Sylva, North Carolina) ; June 22 Dilworth Playhouse (Charlotte, North Carolina); June 23 Caf é Parizade Summer Concert Series (Durham, North Carolina); July 7 Mo Pitkins House of Satisfaction with Greek band Magges (NYC) ; July 21 Mehanata Bulgarian Bar/House of Gypsy (NYC) ; September 7-9 Junction Arts Festival Centre Stage (Toronto, Ontario CANADA); October 2-9 Residency at Laguardia Performing Arts Center/Hourglass Group on WELLSPRING dir. Elyse Singer (Queens); November 8-10 St. Lawrence University, Gilbert Recital Hall (Canton, NY), at Queens International Film Festival/Caf é Bar (Astoria, NYC) and Mehanata Bulgarian Bar/ House of Gypsy (NYC); December 13-15 residency at the Chocolate Factory/Hourglass
      • Festivalul International de Teatru de la Sibiu
      • Cisnadioara Fortress (Sibiu, Romania) June 7, 2008
      • 8th International Bibliotheca Festival
      • (Alexandria, Egypt) July 18, 2009
      • new world folk opera WELLSPRING: for the troubadors of Sarajevo in 1999 October 2-9, 2007 Workshop residency at Laguardia Performing Arts Center/Hourglass Group ; December 13-15, 2007 Workshop residency at the Chocolate Factory/Hourglass Group (NYC)
      • * The Hourglass Group presented Ruth Margraff’s new world folk opera WELLSPRING featuring Deirdre O’Connell and the Café Antarsia Ensemble as part of THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY’S RESIDENCY PROGRAM AND AS PART OF LPAC’s Space Grant Program At The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) Little Theatre 31-10 Thomson Avenue Long Island City, N.Y. 11101 Tuesday, October 9, 2007
      • (in progress)
      • Written by Ruth Margraff Directed by Elyse Singer Music by Nikos Brisco Performed by Jennifer Gibbs Stephen Bel Davies Tony Naumovski Cafe Antarsia Ensemble Music Director Jill Brunelle Design Consultants Zhanna Gurvich Angela Kahler Anjeanette Stokes Katie Down
      • Presented at the Chocolate Factory in Association with the La Guardia Performing Arts Center . * WELLSPRING is Ruth Margraff's new "world folk opera" set in 1999 war-torn Sarajevo. It follows a United Nations peacekeeper in Bosnia-Herzegovina as she is serenaded by two brothers with war criminal poetry and Maxfield Parrish lutes. WELLSPRING merges western and eastern music in a live score by composer Nikos Brisco influenced by both Greek/Ottoman urban blues and the Romani/Gypsy music of the Balkan marketplace. Directed by Elyse Singer, WELLSPRING will feature the acclaimed Cafe Antarsia Ensemble. WELLSPRING is directly inspired by Ruth Margraff's travels to visit her mother who worked in Bosnia as a peacekeeper from 1998-2003 helping refugees return to their destroyed homes and cataloguing war crimes of local police. This radical libretto also draws inspiration from the rival troubadours and haunting gypsy ghosts of Verdi's Il Trovatore.
      • new drawing-room theatrical
      • OVER THE GARDEN WALL : a short chamber play, Drawing-Room Theatrical Version with the whole of the stage business built right in May 10-13, 2007 Experimental Text Festival at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater (NYC) ; March 27, 2007 Tribecca Performing Arts Center live music for America-in-Play residency (self-published)
      • new martial arts opera Dragon vs. Eagle
    • On behalf of Big Red Media, the Apollo Theater Foundation and Peregrine Arts cordially invite you to a special staged reading of the book-in-progress for DRAGON v. EAGLE , a new “martial arts game theater” work for stage by composer Fred Ho and playwright Ruth Margraff, the third and final episode in Ho/Margraff’s Voice of the Dragon trilogy (see also http://www. voiceofthedragon .com/ and http://www. ruthmargraff . com/html/playsFH .html ) Two performances, directed by Classic Stage Company’s Jeff Janisheski , will be held during the upcoming convention of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) as follows: DRAGON v. EAGLE , a new “martial arts game theater” by Fred Ho and Ruth Margraff DATE: Sunday, January 21, 2007 TIMES: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. LOCATION: The Apollo Theater (2 nd Floor Salon), 253 West 125 th Street, Harlem, NY 10027 Seating is limited, by special invitation only. RSVP required [email_address] .org , The purpose of the readings is to offer an opportunity to test some of the text and gather feedback from friends, colleagues and followers of Fred’s work on this first draft of the book and on the project in general at this early stage of development. The reading will be on-book and in-the-round with seven actors and actresses. Light refreshments will be served at both readings, and each reading will be followed by a brief Q&A discussion and feedback session with the audience. DRAGON v. EAGLE promises to usher in a new genre of performance for Fred and his collaborators and is Big Red Media’s first exploration of video gaming and its seminal relationship to international contemporary culture. You have been invited, as a follower of Fred Ho and Ruth Margraff’s work or having expressed interest in his theater pieces. We intend to offer a preview of a finished section of the piece at the Apollo Theater for APAP 2008 and are slated for world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2008. As seating is limited, reservations are respectfully requested. Please e-mail [email_address] .org . Warmest regards, Thaddeus Squire, Artistic Executive Director Laura Greer, Vice President for Programming Peregrine Arts Tel.: +1 (215) 760-1634 The Apollo Theater Foundation Tel.: +1 (212) 531-5300 The Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc. 253 West 125th Street | New York, NY 10027 | Phone: 212-531-5300 | Fax: 212-749-2743 | www. apollotheater .com
      • new film screening
      • THE GRAND INQUISITOR | 23 min (USA, 2007) a cubist, satirical update of Dostoevsky’s fable featuring a right-wing webnews pundit who confronts a visionary leader known as "The One" who is pilloried by a state-controlled media as a false prophet in an election year. Music by Paul Miller, aka 'DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid.' Directed by and featuring Tony Torn. October 8, 2008 Studio 207 screening (Chicago); May 29-Jun 1, 2008 Chashama Film Festival screening; Feb 5, 2007 Barramundi Café screening (NYC);
    • http://newsdate2011.com/
    • 2009 Goliath Motion Picture Promotions entered into a 5-year distribution license agreement for 23 minute Pilot, Season 1, foreign and domestic—launching Fall, 2009 on European network “America Unleashed:Catch Em While You Can” Innersoul Studios (Los Angeles/Europe);
      • readings of new plays/operas
      • HARLEQUIN Mar 6, 2010 workshop at Chicago Dramatists dir. Lisa Portes (Chicago); April 8, 2009 reading at The New Group Theater dir. Lisa Peterson (NYC theater row); December 4, 2008 reading at Victory Gardens Theater dir. Loy Arcenas (Chicago); commissioned by Playwrights Center/2007 McKnight National Commission & Residency (Minneapolis); developed by a 2006 Hedgebrook/Herb Alpert award artist residency (Seattle area)
      • CAFÉ ANTARSIA: an Ottoman Iliad for the brothers of Crete in 1889 Feb 24, 2008 National Pasttime Theater table reading (Chicago)