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International Play Reading Festival

October 2, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Friday, repeating until October 16, 2020

One event on October 24, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on October 25, 2020 at 10:00 am

This festival brings the works of three living international playwrights to the Lenfest Center for the Arts, giving New Yorkers access to theatre from across the globe translated into English. This year’s festival will be held via podcast, sharing these readings as audio-plays and allowing truly international engagement with playwrights and translators.


October 2, 9, 16, 2020, 8:00pm ET

Written by Candace Chong Mui Ngam (Hong Kong)

One family’s experience of the date so volatile the government won’t let you say it out loud.


Written by Camila Villegas (Mexico)

A kidnapping. A murder. Two parents running in parallel to find justice, family, and maybe redemption. If only the system worked that way.


Written by Nophand (Thailand)

On a stormy night in Bangkok, four beings are stuck in traffic. Your phone won’t help you out of these dead ends.



Translation: Saturday, October 24, 2020, 10:00am ET

Moderated by Susan Bernofsky, Writing​

with Daniel Jáquez (Rarámuri Dreams), and Nophand (Taxi Radio)

Playwrights: Sunday, October 25, 2020, 10:00am ET

Moderated by David Henry Hwang, Theatre

with Candace Chong Mui Ngam (May 35th), Nophand (Taxi Radio), and Camila Villegas (Rarámuri Dreams)

The aim of this festival is to expand contemporary US understanding of theatre beyond that of English-speaking countries and to present new theatrical voices to US audiences.

Festival Founders and Directors

Carol Becker, Professor of the Arts and Dean, Columbia University School of the Arts

David Henry Hwang, Concentration Head, Playwriting, Theatre MFA Program

Selection Committee

Susan Bernofsky, Director, Literary Translation at Columbia, Writing MFA Program

David Henry Hwang, Concentration Head, Playwriting, Theatre MFA Program

Morgan Jenness, Theatre MFA Program

Kate Loewald, Theatre MFA Program and The Play Company

Christian Parker, Theatre MFA Program

Nominating Bodies

John Eisner, The Lark

Michel Hausmann, Colony Theatre/Miami New Drama

Anchuli Felicia King

Joanna Lee, Museworks

Roberta Levitow

Bill Rauch, The Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts

Mark Russell, Under the Radar (Public Theater)

Ken SmithFinancial Times

Lloyd Suh, The Lark

Mfundi Vundla, Market Theatre


Gavin Browning, Director of Public Programs and Engagement

Jessi Cotter, Production Manager

Zoe E. Rotter, Casting Director

Sami Pyne, Student Producer

Kate Foster, Literary Manager

Martin Murray, Literary Manager

Paola Alexandra Soto, Literary Manager


October 2
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Columbia University