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Orhan Pamuk's Snow: A Theatrical Adaptation

Nobel Prize laureate in Literature, Orhan Pamuk called Snow  “my first and last political novel”. Set in the small city of Kars in northeastern Turkey, it tells a story of violence and tension between political Islamists, soldiers, secularists, and Kurdish and Turkish nationalists.

An international sensation, the novel has been adapted for the stage in France by Blandine Savetier and Waddah Saab and has toured France and recently, China.

Translated into English by Taylor Gaines, Snow will be presented by CUNY-Martin E. Segal Theatre in the Elebash Recital Hall on October 24 (6:30 pm). 

Read more about adapting Snow here.

After the peformance, Orhan Pamuk will join in conversation with Frank Hentschker, Executive Director of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.

Orhan Pamuk, born 1952, is a Turkish novelist, screenwriter, and academic. One of Turkey’s most prominent novelists, his work has sold over thirteen million books in sixty-three languages, making him the country’s best-selling writer. Pamuk is the author of Silent House, The White Castle, The Black Book, The New Life, and The Museum of Innocence, among others. He is also the Robert Yik-Fong Tam Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, where he teaches writing and comparative literature. He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2018.

Blandine Savetier is an adapter and director. After a master in performing arts in Paris and drawing studies, she trained as an actress with Stanislas Nordey in France and Anatoli Vassiliev in Moscow and Paris. She joined Conservatoire National Supérieur des Arts Dramatiques in Paris in 2003-2004, where she was trained in theatre direction with André Engel, Bob Wilson, and Krystian Lupa. She has mostly directed contemporary works, by authors including Thomas Bernhard, Samuel Beckett, Fernando Pessoa, Jean Genet, and Orhan Pamuk. Her work has been shown in renowned theatres in France and Belgium, including Théâtre du Rond-Point and Théâtre National de la Colline in Paris, Théâtre National de Strasbourg, Théâtre National in Brussels.  Her production of The President by Thomas Bernhard won the critics’ choice award.  In recognition of her achievements, the director of Théâtre National de Strasbourg, Stanislas Nordey, has appointed her as an associated director. Besides being a theatre director, Blandine Savetier has been teaching acting for more than 10 years, in some of the most renowned theatre schools in France.

Waddah Saab is French-Lebanese, born and raised in Senegal. After completing his studies in Paris, he worked in the European civil service. Passionate about literature and theatre, he has worked on Blandine Savetier’s productions as a dramaturg since 2002, making writing and theatre his primary career. He now lives in Brussels.

Taylor Gaines is a translator and freelance copyeditor. After a BA in Drama and French from the University of Virginia, and an MA in Cultural Translation from the American University of Paris, Taylor was a literary intern at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., and a literary fellow at The Play Company. She recently participated in the Rencontres de Traduction workshop as part of the Dramaturgies en dialogue festival, hosted by the Centre des auteurs dramatiques in Montreal. Taylor lives and works in New York.

Free; first come first served.

Presented with the Martin E. Segal Theatre and Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York, with the support of FACE Contemporary Theater.