A three-day conference presented by Quantum Theatre and the University of Pittsburgh May 12-14 wil feature staged readings of "Merchant on Venice" by Shishir Kurup and "Jihad Against Violence" by Fawzia Afzal-Khan, with lectures before each reading.
The conference "aims to initiate new inquires into the aesthetics and impacts of diasporas onto theater practice." It was organized by Neilesh Bose, historian, theater artist and editor of "Beyond Bollywood and Broadway, Plays from the South Asian Diaspora," an anthology of plays.The play "Merchant on Venice" is part of Quantum’s 2010-11 subscription package. Beyond subscribers, the conference is free and open to the public, space permitting.
Schedule of events:
Thursday, May 12, Frick Fine Arts Building:
5:30-6:30 p.m., Fawzia Afzal-Khan, “Performative Interventions in the Body Politic of Pakistan”
7-8:30 p.m., "Jihad Against Violence" staged reading
Friday, May 13, Frick Fine Arts Building::
5-6 p.m., Neilesh Bose, “South Asia, Diaspora, and History: 'Merchant on Venice' and Post-Colonial Secularism”
8-10:30 p.m., "Merchant on Venice" staged reading
10:30 p.m., Talkback and reception
Saturday, May 14, Posvar Hall 4103:
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Re-Orienting Asia: Southern Asian Performance Across Frontiers, conference.