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Award-winning playwright, librettist, and activist Catherine Filloux talks about her extraordinary career and the strategies she's nurtured, the experience she's gained, and the lessons she's learned combining artistry and activism. Filloux who, with famed composer Olga Neuwirth, became the first female composer/female librettist collaboration in the history of Vienna Staatsoper, will speak also of the journey to adapt Virginia Woolf's Orlando to the stage, the relationship between composer and librettist, and the burdens, joys, and challenges that interdisciplinary intersectionality brings to artistic collaboration and production.

Catherine Filloux is an award-winning French Algerian American playwright librettist and activist who has been writing about human rights for many decades. Filloux’s new play, How to Eat an Orange, was commissioned by INTAR and will premiere this season at La MaMa in New York City. Her new musical, Welcome to the Big Dipper (composer Jimmy Roberts, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) will premiere Off-Broadway next season at the York Theatre in New York City; it is a National Alliance for Musical Theatre finalist and received a workshop at the Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse, NY (Hunter Foster, AD). Her opera Orlando is the 2022 Grawemeyer Award winner.

Cosponsored by the UR International Theatre Program with the Arthur Satz Department of Music, the Institute for the Performing Arts, and
the Humanities Center.

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