Date & Time
Friday, January 24, 2020
57th Street Books
Free and open to the public
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
CEERES of Voices presents Catalina Florina Florescu on "The Rebelled Body Plays." She will be joined in conversation by Mihaela Campion. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.
Presented in partnership with CEERES, the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at the University of Chicago.
At 57th Street Books
About the book: "The Rebelled Body Plays" is a collection of three plays: “Mia”; “Suicidal Dog and Laika”; and “Three as in Tri-Angle, or the Aftertastes of Life.” The same plays appeared in the author's native language, Romanian, last year.
“Mia” is a play about femininity in the aftermath of breast cancer.
“Suicidal Dog and Laika” is Catalina's most staged play, with professional readings done in New York directed by Marcy Arlin and Olga Levina, respectively; at Jersey City Theater Center, director Olga Levina; and in London, director Leo Bacica.
Finally, “Three as in Tri-Angle, or the Aftertastes of Life” started as an invitation to a workshop on Masculinities at the Urban Theater in New York. The play presents the vulnerable side of masculinity.
About the author: Catalina Florina Florescu was born in Romania. She earned her doctoral degree in Comparative Literature from Purdue University with a dissertation at the intersection of theater, cinema, visual arts, and medical humanities. She has authored and/or edited eight books. She teaches writing, literature and theater at Pace University in New York. She is also the New Plays Festival Curator at Jersey City Theater Center where she organizes a two day event in May open to local and international playwrights.
Currently, she is working on three books, two of pedagogical/applied theater, and one of seven new plays in a bilingual edition. More about her activities: https://www.catalinaflorescu.com/ Aside from her writing, Catalina dreams traveling and travels dreaming.
About the interlocutor: Mihaela Campion is the founder of the Psychotherapy and Transformational Movement with over twenty years of clinical experience. She received a Master of Arts in Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, where she specialized in Counseling Psychology. As an immigrant, she embraces cultural diversity and the uniqueness of each individual. She promotes courage, vulnerability, empathy, and self-compassion as a way of wholehearted living. In addition to her academic training, she embraces new modalities of treatment.
She is also a member of the Clinical Company for Erasing the Distance, a non-profit arts organization based in Chicago that uses the power of performance to disarm stigma, spark dialogue, educate, and promote healing surrounding issues of mental health.