Also on April 28, I will be performing at the Segal Theatre Center in a reading of a new play called Tsunami by Jalila Baccar. I am thrilled to be working on a piece by a second female playwright this year, this time chronicling the events in Tunisia which triggered the Arab Spring. The play employs stylistic elements of classical Greek tragedy as well as contemporary text, and I can't wait to get started!

The deets:

Photo of Jalila Baccar (Tunisia),  Guillermo Calderoón (Chile), and   Frantz Dominique Batraville (Haiti). Courtesy of

Photo of Jalila Baccar (Tunisia), Guillermo Calderoón (Chile), and Frantz Dominique Batraville (Haiti). Courtesy of

April 28 (Monday) at 2:00pm
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

FREE (seating first come, first served)

And then... come see me do some comedy at UCB later that day! View more...

From the PEN World Voices site:

As part of the 2014 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, The Segal Center will showcase play readings by nine of the world’s most respected dramatists. With each writer hailing from a different world region as classified by the United Nations, the International Play Festival generates a conversation on art, politics, dreams, war and philosophy, meant to give American audiences a rich awareness of the greater global dialogue. The festival runs April 28th-April 30th. All events are FREE and open to the public. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.

Monday, April 28

2:00 pm  Tsunami
Written by Jalila Baccar (TUNISIA) |  Directed by Saheem Ali |  Translated by Marvin Carlson

Playwright Jalila Baccar chronicles the events that shook Tunisia in the murky hours after the Jasmine Revolution—the event that triggered the Arab Spring. Tsunami is a trilogy devoted to the contemporary history of Tunisia, a cycle dominated by the question of memory: “A country without memory is a country which never knows where it is going.”