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Staged Reading | Austrian Stage presents “Waste Land”

Dec 02 | Thu |
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Mark your calendar December 2 for the staged reading of WASTE LAND, presented by Austrian Stage! Admission is free. RSVP and proof of vaccination is required.

Written by Magdalena Schrefel and directed by Guy Ben-Aharon, WASTE LAND paints the comedic picture of a world where the consequences of climate change and environmental pollution have already become reality. The play tells the story of Jesolo and Adrian, the last humans, trying to survive on an artificial island, where all the waste from the Maldives is dumped. Soon, the water will have devoured the last islands, and only the highest elevations – the waste mountains – will stand out. When everything else is submerged, plastic waste will still survive the change. We jump in time: an interactive exhibition in the near future is dedicated to the memory of the Maldives. It’s a last look at what is left of the 21st century – if the destruction of habitats continues unchecked.

Guy Ben-Aharon is a Stage Director, Cultural Entrepreneur and Writer. Since 2010, Guy staged and produced over 50 plays in translation through the Israeli Stage, the Goethe-Institut, the Austrian Cultural Forum, Alliance Française, and swissnex, presented in partnership with over 50 academic institutions and communities centers in the United States, Canada, Israel and the United Kingdom. Guy is also the Founder of Boston’s The Jar, building a cultural community at the intersection of equity, art and relationships.

Born and raised in Vienna, Magdalena Schrefel is an award-winning playwright. After studying at the University of Vienna and the Institute for German Literature in Leipzig, she won Munich’s prize supporting new German-language drama at the Festival der Münchner Kammerspiele in 2013. In 2014 she was also nominated for the Autorenpreis des Heidelberger Stückemarkts award.

Magdalena Schrefel will be present and participate in an after-show talk about the play. Both the playwright and the director will be physically present for this one-night-only event.

Venue: Austrian Cultural Forum New York

11 E 52nd St Map
212-319-5300