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World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014
March 10-30, 2014
Curated by Alicia Adams, Vice President, International Programming

From March 10–30, the Kennedy Center presents this unprecedented international festival featuring works from 20 countries from nearly every continent. The festival includes 13 fully staged productions, 9 of which are U.S premieres, as well as theater-focused installations, staged readings, and panel discussions.

World Stages brings together some of today's most exciting theatrical visionaries—including work by famed director Peter Brook, novelist/playwright Ariel Dorfman, playwright David Williamson, and acclaimed War Horse collaborators Tom Morris and the Handspring Puppet Company; a play featuring Academy Award® nominee Dame Janet Suzman; Olivier and Tony Award®–winning puppetry; new twists on Shakespeare and other classics; and much more. You won't want to miss a single moment.

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Throughout the entire run of the festival, the KC Café and Intermission Bars will be offering weekly food and beverage specials from featured countries. To learn more about the fare available at the Café and Intermission Bars, please call (202) 416-8559. For menu details at the Roof Terrace Restaurant, or to make a reservation, please call (202) 416-8555. You can also book online at For more information, visit

About our Festival Logo

The logo was designed by Finnish company Kokoro & Moi. Founded in 2001 by designers Teemu Suviala and Antti Hinkula, this creative agency delivers progressive concepts and ideas in brand identity, art direction, and design. Our partnership with Kokoro & Moi started with the Nordic Cool 2013 festival. This is our second project together.



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Curator Notes

Alicia Adams
Vice President, International Programming

All over the map? Well, yes, and excitingly so. Every continent except Antarctica is represented in this theater festival—a series of plays that examine contemporary issues and universal themes of love, politics, war, crime, and society; telling dynamic stories that resonate globally. From Australia, East and South Africa, East Asia, Latin and North America, the Middle East, and Europe, World Stages brings to the Kennedy Center some of the most distinguished writers, directors, and actors of our time.

Australia's best-known playwright, David Williamson, gives us Rupert, packed with drama, intrigue, greed, and deception as it uncovers the story of the eponymous Australian media mogul. Director Tom Morris and South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company—the collaboration that earlier created the Tony Award®–winning War Horse—reunite to produce a beautiful new production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The esteemed Peter Brook directs a superb cast in The Suit, a play based on the short story of the same name by South African writer Can Themba about an adulterous act with both comic and tragic consequences. Mexico's Tapioca Inn theater company performs Incendios, a story of family conflict and political inheritance by Lebanese Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad. And as Nordic writers have become among the most admired and prolific in crime fiction, a new play about the death of passion, Harmsaga, introduces the work of young Icelandic playwright Mikael Torfason.

Academy Award®–nominated actor Dame Janet Suzman stars in Lara Foot's Solomon and Marion. Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman returns with his Olivier Award–winning play La Muerte y La Doncella (Death and the Maiden). The riveting production Not by Bread Alone, performed by Nalaga'at Theater, an Israeli company of deaf and sightless actors, marks the company's first visit to the Kennedy Center. National Theatre of China brings us its contemporary staging of an ancient Chinese myth, Green Snake. And from Canada, Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes presents the thriller/comedy Penny Plain.

Tokyo Theatre Company KAZE from Japan and Les Souffleurs commandos poétiques from France perform an interactive site-specific piece throughout the building. Audiences can enjoy staged readings of two new works: Heather Raffo’s Fallujah and, thanks to our collaboration with Williamstown Theatre Festival, Samuel D. Hunter's A Great Wilderness. Free public forums with directors and playwrights from Sudan, Palestine, Syria, and Pakistan illuminate these theatrical experiences.

A remarkable video installation from the UK's Victoria and Albert Museum (Five Truths), and commissioned installations by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company (Raw to Real: Carving Theater) and Brazilian artist Rosa Magalhães (Pequeno Teatro), take over several of the Center's public spaces. And a stunning installation—5X6: Costume Designs for the American Theater, featuring sketches by Susan Hilferty (Wicked), Geoffrey Holder (The Wiz), Willa Kim (The Will Rogers Follies), William Ivey Long (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella), Clint Ramos (The Good Person of Szechwan), and Julie Taymor (The Lion King)—gives us a behind-the-scenes (or pre-production) glimpse of the work of six outstanding and celebrated designers.

We hope you will join us at the Kennedy Center in March to delight in this extraordinary assembling of theatrical treasures that comprise our World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014.


Photos: Melbourne Theatre Company, Rupert, photo by Jeff Busby; LA MAFIA Teatro, La Muerte y la Doncella, photo by Anibal Marcelo Tejos Tramon; Tapioca Inn, Incendios, photo by Roberto Blenda; Bristol Old Vic & Handspring Puppet Company, A Midsummer Night's Dream, photo by Simon Annand; Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes, Penny Plain, photo by Trudie Lee; The National Theatre of Iceland, Harmsaga, photo by Eddi; Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, The Suit, photo by Johan Persson; National Theatre of China, Green Snake, photo by Chai Lin; Emmanuelle Riva, photo by Photoshot; Nalaga'at Theater Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble, Not By Bread Alone, photo by Tomer Shov; Baxter Theatre Centre, Janet Suzman and Khayalethu Anthony in Solomon and Marion, photo by Ruphin Coudyzer.