The Nicest Body Ever Seen Around These Parts

November 16, 2023
Spain
Join us for an evening with writer in residence Josep Maria Miró, including a play reading featuring David Skeist and directed by Jay Stull, followed by a conversation with Miró, translator Sharon Feldman, and PlayCo's Kate Loewald & Annie Jin Wang, moderated by Frank Hentschker.
Meet the Artists

Josep Maria Miró (Author) (Prats de Lluçanès, 1977) is the author of Me, Trans (2023) Remains of the Glowing Night (2021. Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico de Madrid), The Lady Butler (2020), The Nicest Body Every Seen Around These Parts (2020. National Prize for Dramatic Literature 2022 from the Spanish Ministry of Culture / XXV Critics’ Prize for best playwright / Selected by the association of European translators EURODRAM as one of the 3 best texts premiered in Catalonia during the 2021-22 season / XLV Born Prize 2020), The White Room (2020), A Nice Place (2017. Max Prize 2019 / Selected by the association of European translators us EURODRAM as one of the 3 best texts premiered in Catalonia during the 2018-2019 season), Let’s Forget about Being Tourists (2017), Cúbit (2016), The Passage (2015. Frederic Roda Prize 2015), Obac (2014), Tearing Up the Earth (2013. Autor Exprés Prize – Society of Spanish Authors and Editors 2013), Smoke (2012), Nerium Park (2012. Jaume Vidal i Alcover Prize 2013), Archimedes’ Principle (2011. XXXVI Born Prize 2011), Gang Bang [Open until the Angelus (2010-11 Resident playwright at the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya), The Woman Who Always Missed Her Flight (2009. XXXIV Born Prize 2009), and several brief texts.

He has also authored several adaptations. His works have been translated into more than twenty languages and have had approximately 100 world premieres and numerous publications. He has directed some of his own plays, as well as works by other authors. In 2015-16 academic year he joined the faculty at the ERAM, the undergraduate degree program in Performing Arts at the University of Girona, where he coordinates the academic section devoted to Dramaturgy. He regularly teaches courses and workshops at the Obrador de la Sala Beckett in Barcelona, as well as numerous workshops and seminars, both in Catalonia and abroad.

Jay Stull (Director). His work has been developed or produced by Ars Nova, The Alliance Theater, Bloomington Playwrights Project, NY City Center Off Center, NYTW, Joe’s Pub, The Gym at Judson, Roundabout, and The Tank. He is an alumnus of the Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and The Civilians R&D Group, and is a recipient of the 2022 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Grant in Playwriting. He has taught theater at Harvard College, NYU-Tisch, and the American Academy of Dramatic Art. MFA: Columbia. www.jaystull.com

Sharon Feldman (Translator) is Professor of Spanish & Catalan Studies at the University of Richmond, where she serves as Associate Dean of Arts, Languages, and Cultures and holds the William Judson Gaines Chair in Modern Foreign Languages. She has published widely on modern and contemporary theatre from the Iberian Peninsula. She is also an accomplished translator of contemporary Catalan drama, having rendered into English over 30 Catalan plays. Her work has earned her the distinction of “corresponding member abroad” of the Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres de Barcelona (Royal Academy of Letters of Barcelona). She is also a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

David Skeist (Actor) (he/they) is an actor and multidisciplinary theatre artist based in Brooklyn. He has appeared, often repeatedly, in works by Javier Antonio González, Richard Foreman, David Gordon, Elizabeth Swados, and Doris Mirescu at venues including The Public, Skirball, Joyce Soho, and Peak Performances. David is the producing director of Caborca and acts in most of the company’s works including Zoetrope and Distant Star (both at Abrons Arts Center). He recently performed in the US premiere of Romina Paula’s Fauna (Torn Page). David is also a composer currently collaborating with Caborca, M-34, and x.sud art/site. They hold an MFA from Columbia and teach Acting at Barnard.

On a crisp morning in a rural Catalonian village, a mutilated body is discovered on the ground. One actor embodies seven characters within and around this body, in an incisive tour-de-force that excavates the destruction of beauty and the depths of human sexuality and desire.

November 16 at the Martin E. Segal Center, Segal Theatre

365 Fifth Ave at 34 Street

Free and open to the public. House opens 6:15PM. Seating first come, first served.

An Institut Ramon Llull project, in collaboration with Sala Beckett, produced by PlayCo.

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Written by

Josep Maria Miró

Directed by

Jay Stull

Translated by

Sharon Feldman

Featuring

David Skeist

Venue

Martin E. Segal Center Segal Theatre 365 Fifth Ave at 34 Street