In cooperation with “Act French: A Season of New Theater from France,” New York University will host a colloquium on Francophone Theater on Friday, October 28, at La Maison Française of NYU, located at 16 Washington Mews. The event is free and open to the public; for further information call 212.998.8750 or visit

The colloquium is organized by Judith Miller, chair of the Department of French at NYU.

A schedule follows:

2 p.m. Drama critic Sylvie Chalaye, professor at the Université de Rennes and Paris-III, presents “An Overview of Francophone Theater of Africa and the Caribbean.” In French with an English synopsis.

3:30 p.m. Roundtable discussion on “Francophone African and Caribbean Writers and Playwrights” with Sylvie Chalaye, Gerty Dambury, professor of English, poet, playwright, and theater director; Assia Djebar, de l’Académie Française; writer and professor of Francophone literature, NYU; Awam Amkpa, professor of African theatre, NYU Tisch; and Koffi Kwahulé, author of Bintu, Big Shoot, Jaz, and Misterioso. In French with an English synopsis.

7 p.m. Gerty Dambury presents a dramatic reading of Kwahulé’s Jaz in French.

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