Book Launch

Performance and Book Launch – How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients


Scandinavia House December 10, 2016 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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Vasile Flutur
Frank Hentschker
Aaron Novak
Matei Visniec

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Matei Visniec’s, How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients and Other Plays, edited by Josefina Komporaly.

This first anthology of his dramatic work made available in English, collects seven of his most impressive and outspoken plays: How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental PatientsDecomposed Theater, or The Human TrashcanThe Body of a Woman as a Battlefield in the Bosnian War, and Richard III Will Not Take Placeor Scenes from the Life of Meyerhold. The resulting collection is a bold and unflinching critique of politics and society.

Today’s special launch features a performance of excerpts of Visniec’s work, by acclaimed actors Vasile Flutur and Aaron Novak. Entitled, Pockets Full of Bread, the presentation is the perfect sampler of the playwright’s works, and is co-produced by Piper Theatre Productions and the Romanian Cultural Institute.

After the performance, there’ll be remarks from Dr. Frank Hentschker, Executive Director of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at City University, New York and from the playwright himself.

Proudly co-presented by Seagull Books, Scandinavia House, and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, CUNY.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC