June 17, 2013 | Staged Reading

Milo Rau's "Hate Radio"

“Theater of the Voiceless”, a symposium and festival produced by Zeitgeist DC (Austrian Cultural Forum Washington, Goethe-Institut Washington and the Embassy of Switzerland) and the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, takes place from June 16 – 19, 2013 at various venues around Washington.

The reading will be followed by a discussion led by Cynthia Schneider (former U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands and distinguished professor in the practice of diplomacy, Georgetown University) with Eva-Maria Bertschy (dramaturg for Hate Radio), Ping Chong and Michael Pelletier (Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State), who will focus on how theater can be used as a powerful tool of cultural and political diplomacy.

Hate Radio brings the 1994 Rwandan genocide to life by reconstructing an hour-long broadcast by the Rwandan radio station Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines, which throughout the genocide interspersed sports reports and the latest music hits with naked racist ideology and incitements to murder. With methodically built-up psychological manipulation, RTLM reached the entire Rwandan population; its broadcast could not be avoided.

Milo Rau, who was born in Bern, Switzerland, in 1977, is one of the most renowned and controversial theater directors in European theater. The founder and director of the production company IIPM, he has written nine plays (including The Last Days of the Ceausescus, Breivik’s Statement, and The Moscow Trials) that tour international festivals and theaters. Milo Rau was recently arrested in Moscow during his reenactment of the Pussy Riot trial.

Eva-Maria Bertschy, who was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1982, is a writer and researcher. She was the assistant director and lead researcher for Hate Radio. She is currently working with director Milo Rau on various theater projects. Eva-Maria Bertschy is a specialist in European documentary theater and managing social reality in contemporary theater. She has worked with Rimini Protokoll, Schauplatz International, and Hannah Hurtzig, assisted with research for the Biennale Bern and the Stadttheater Bern, and was the press relations officer at the Freiburg International Festival for Contemporary Art from 2009 to 2011.

When: Monday, June 17, 2013 | 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: Davis Performing Arts Center | Georgetown University main campus | Devine Studio Theatre | 3700 O Street Northwest | Washington, DC 20057
Tickets: Admission is free. RSVP required. To register for tickets please visit http://theaterofthevoicelesshateradio-eorg.eventbrite.com/#

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