2012 World Theatre Day Celebrated in NYC
The NYC World Theatre Day Coalition is celebrating the 50th anniversary of this international day of recognition with many events right here in NYC. Started in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI), World Theatre Day is celebrated each year on March 27th. A noted theatre artist is asked to provide an international statement that is translated into hundreds of different languages and is read or distributed to audiences around the globe. This year the statement is by renown theatre artist John Malkovich.
There are lots of ways to get involved in the NYC activities:
NowThe NYC World Theatre Day blog - Theatre artists from NYC, across the country and around the world contribute to the blog sharing their perspectives and experiences with us. Check it out at www.nycwtd.blogspot.com.
You can follow all the activities on Twitter @nycwtd and include hashtags #nycwtd12 and #wtd12 with your World Theatre Day tweets.
March 22nd - 26thThe HotINK Festival of International Plays - HotINK is an international play reading series that has introduced NY audiences to plays from all over the world. For more info and to make reservations go to visit the Lark website.
March 24thSPLAT Performances (Site-specific Public Large-scale Acts of Theater)
There will be performances in Times Square celebrating World Theater Day!
So. You wanna celebrate Theater? Shakespeare? Flash Mobs?
Come find the actors and musicians in Times Square and give the Bard's most famous speech your best shot with the rest of us! (if you don't know it by heart, don't worry. Copies of the speech will be provided) The speech will be performed at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm on Saturday. Participants can meet at the south end of the pedestrian plaza at 42nd street and Broadway.
Feeling shy? Well, then just come and listen and lend your support and appreciation for theater!!
March 27thI Am Theatre Videos - In honor of World Theatre Day’s 50th Anniversary, Theatre Communications Group, the home to the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute, invites you to demonstrate the vitality of international theatre by participating in the I AM THEATRE project. Visit the TCG website to learn how to submit your video, and watch those made from others around the world—you may read additional instructions here.
Celebration Event - The Internationalist are hosting the Annual World Theatre Day bash at the Houndstooth Pub (520 Eighth Avenue) from 5pm - 8pm. Join us for happy hour and raise a glass in honor of theatre!
Check out the NYC World Theatre Day website for more events and how you can participate.
I hope to see all of you at the Celebration Event on March 27th!!!