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Lauded British Playwright to Speak at UHM

Lauded British Playwright to Speak at UHM


Lauded British Playwright to Speak at UHM
Mark Ravenhill in Conversation with Markus Wessendorf

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to welcome famed British playwright Mark Ravenhill to O‘ahu. In addition to providing a workshop at Kennedy Theatre, he will be participating in a live interview, moderated by UHM Professor of Theatre Markus Wessendorf. The free event will take place April 8, 2017, at 5:00pm in the Arts Auditorium on the UHM campus.

Born in West Sussex, Mark Ravenhill graduated from the University of Bristol in 1987. In 1996 his first play Shopping and F***ing was produced at London's Royal Court Theatre. It was subsequently widely translated and produced all over the world. Notable productions included those at the Schaubühne Berlin, the Market Theatre Johannesburg, and the New York Theatre Workshop. From 2001 to 2005, Ravenhill was an associate artist at the National Theatre, London, which produced his plays Mother Clap’s Molly House, Citizenship, and Nation (adapted from Terry Pratchett). His play The Cut starring Sir Ian McKellen played at the Donmar Theatre, London, in 2005. From 2011 to 2013, Ravenhill was resident playwright at the Royal Shakespeare Company, producing a new version of Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo and an original play inspired by Voltaire’s Candide. His opera Elysium with composer Rolf Wallin was produced by the Norwegian Opera in 2016.

From 2005 to 2010, Ravenhill wrote a regular column for The Guardian and appeared regularly on the BBC’s Newsnight Review and Saturday Review. He is also the co-creator of the ITV sitcom Vicious (featuring Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi).

This public conversation will touch upon key influences on Ravenhill's work, his gradual shift from a queer "In-Yer-Face Theatre" (Aleks Sierz) to a critique of neoliberalism and the "War on Terror" in his plays, and the changed political and cultural landscape of the UK and beyond.

Ihara Guest Artist/Scholar Series is supported, in part, by special funding from the Hawaiʻi State Legislature.

A Conversation with Mark Ravenhill

UHM Department of Theatre + Dance

April 8, 2017, at 5:00pm

Art Auditorium, UHM campus

Free Admission

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