The Koltes Project

MON, APR 7, 2008 (1:23:56)

Eric Vigner, Isma’il Ibn Conner, and Del Hamilton discuss the US Koltes Project, a 10 year undertaking created in order to translate and produce six of Bernard-Marie Koltes’ plays, and continue the artistic legacy of the French playwright.

+ BIO: Eric Vigner

The driving force behind Vigner’s theatrical approach is neither ideological, nor analytical, it is poetic. His direction acts as a luminating force shielding light on these significant writings. Eric Vigner develops a theater that questions the world, its frontiers between the people. Vigner has directed many contemporary playwrights such as Marguerite Dura’s Savannah Bay at the Comedie-Francaise in Paris (2002) as well as at Espace Go in Montreal (2007), The Beast in the Jungle at the Kennedy Center in Washington (2004), and Pluie d’ete a Hiroshima (2006) for the 60th Avignon Festival. Vigner develops a new approach of the French classics as well: he directed Racine’s Bajazet (Comedie-Francaise, 1995), Moliere’s Ecole des Femmes (Comedie-Francaise, 1999), to name a few. He develops international collaborations, searching for a genuine mutual cultural transmission.

+ BIO: Del Hamilton

As co-founder of 7 Stages, Del has been a part of the company since its inception in 1979. As artistic director, he has directed over 60 productions at 7 Stages, including HUSH: Composing Blind Tom Wiggins, Athol Fugard’s My Children! My Africa!, Susan Yankowitz’s Night Sky, Macbeth, The Tempest, and numerous plays by Sam Shepard. He has also acted in many notable plays. Del directed a very successful production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at Teatr Nowy in Poznan, Poland, and he has acted and directed at theaters in Atlanta, New York, London, Paris, Belgrade, Johannesburg and Amsterdam. Del is the author of several plays and has received numerous awards.

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