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SELMA '65 has just been published by Playscripts, Inc.
It can be purchased here
And this interview by Kia Corthron “Playwright to Playwright” appeared with this publication
For more info about Selma ’65 click here
Plays for Three. New York: Vintage Books

Catherine's new book, LUZ, with an introduction
by José Zayas can be purchased here

Click here for more info about Luz

Human Rights Studies Online Collection
Advisory Board/Editor, Alexander Street Press


The Publication of Filloux’s new plays
Dog and Wolf and Killing the Boss

with an introduction by Cynthia E. Cohen (Brandeis University).


(editors, NoPassport Press)
with Cynthia Cohen (Brandeis University),
and Shawn Marie-Garrett (Yale University)

Click here to find out about
Dog and Wolf Community Outreach Project

Dog and Wolf


Silence of God
And Other Plays

an anthology of 5 plays by Catherine Filloux
published by Seagull Books, London Limited
ISBN 9781906497095 •
Paperback $24.95


Click here for a review from Book Dragon


Included are introductions to the 5 plays by Elizabeth Becker, reporter for The New York Times and Washington Post; David Scheffer, U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues; Turkish journalist Serap Erincin; Carol Martin, series editor for “In Performance”; and Chivy Sok, human rights educator/researcher who writes.  

“We live in a time where urgent actions are required to deal with challenging human suffering -- mass atrocities in Africa, unspeakable violence inflicted on women in every corner of the world, enslaved children, warfare, and other violent conflicts.  Yet, we are also numbed by the severity of these atrocities. Filloux has never shied away from focusing on these complex issues and has used her writings to address them head on.  Through her work, she challenges the audience to become involved.”

This new release compiles in one volume five new important plays that can be produced professionally and in university environments, and used as teaching tools for human rights and theater educators alike. The plays are:
Lemkin's House, 2W/3M, winner of the PeaceWriting Award, is a surreal portrait of Raphael Lemkin, the man who coined the word ‘genocide’. Highly recommended by The New York Times.
• In The Beauty Inside, 3W/2M, Ms. Filloux places the audience in the midst of a culture war after an attempted honor killing. The Village Voice called it “a drama whose lyrical dialogue evokes the surprising ambivalence of this wrenching battle.”
• A Cambodian refugee woman suffers from psychosomatic blindness in Eyes of the Heart, 4W/2M. "Thida is the heroine of Catherine Filloux's 'Eyes of the Heart,' a beautifully done one-act drama about the place where horror and grief meet,” says The New York Times.
• America's complicity through the eyes of a journalist, at the end of the Pol Pot leadership is the subject of Silence of God, 1W/3M. The Washington Times calls it “A brave play, with a compelling story to tell.”
Mary and Myra, 2W, is about one woman (Mary Todd Lincoln) damned by her reputation, saved by another (Myra Bradwell) who was damned into obscurity. The Shepherdstown Chronicle wrote, "Mary and Myra takes the audience hostage…a kind of séance, a spellbinding recreation of lives that come toward us like torches lighting the future."
About the Author: Catherine Filloux has been writing plays about genocide, human rights, and social justice for the past twenty years. Her plays and music theater pieces have been produced in the U.S. and around the world. Ms. Filloux’s awards include the Roger L. Stevens Award (Kennedy Center), the Eric Kocher Playwrights Award (O'Neill) and the Callaway Award (New Dramatists). She has served extensively as a speaker for human rights and theater organizations.

Catherine’s play Dog and Wolf is featured in “MANOA On Freedom: Spirit, Art, and State”, Edited by Frank Stewart and Fiona Sze-Lorrain
Filloux’s play The Breach (with Tarell Alvin McCraney and Joe Sutton) is published in “Katrina On Stage”, Trauth and Brenner, Editors, Northwestern University Press. Click here to order.

Articles by Filloux:

“Red Wigs and Lettuce: Passing Through the Heart with Dalia Basiouny”

The Brooklyn Rail: Theater InDialogue
March 2013

“When we got out of the van in Sulaymaniyah we saw that the rear window had an assortment of flashing disco lights, heralding our journey. At the bazaar in Sulaymaniyah, Dalia purchased a red graduated bob wig, which she wore and then passed along to each of us so that we could all equally share the same haircut…”


“Report from Iraq: The World is Crying for Love”
Brandeis University Peacebuilding and the Arts

Last November, Catherine Filloux participated in “Women in Action 2,” an international conference in Northern Iraq. The conference took place in Erbil, Sulaymania and Halabja. She sent us a report on her experiences at the conference in these cities. She recounts, “So often at the conferences and roundtables I attend the discussion is about past genocide and violence. But we cannot forget the present, the daily… The world is crying. Poverty robs children of their futures. Clean water becomes a luxury. Let us comfort the world now. Let us turn our attention to its tears and wipe them dry…”

“Hair on a Ribbon That Got Away”
Theatre Journal: Special Issue on Contemporary Women Playwrights
December 2010, Vol. 62, No. 4.
Project MUSE

“In the play I am currently working on, the ‘femicide’ in Guatemala, where women are being killed in rampant numbers, can be traced back to mass rape and murder as a tool of war. In Haiti, where rape has also been used as tool of war, rapes are escalating after the recent earthquake. Prurient media and viewers alike turn their interest to rape when the interest in earthquake news has waned. In the ‘RapeLay’ video game created by Illusion in Japan, players win by raping: ‘With the click of your mouse, you can grope her and lift her skirt. Then you can follow her aboard the train, assaulting her sister and her mother.’ One can hear the victim of rape in the video game emit soft murmurs...”

An essay in which the playwright discusses her concern with international human rights through a survey of her own dramatic works, including those touching on the genocides in Bosnia (Dog and Wolf) and Cambodia (Photographs From S-21).

“Here and There”
The Dramatist: The Journal of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.
March/April 2007, Vol. 9, No. 4.

“Through my playwriting work regarding genocide and human rights, I share with [Mu] Sochua the faith that change is possible, and we can make it happen.”

An essay in “The Writer’s Life” issue, about her opera Where Elephants Weep and her collaborative project Seven, with Mu Sochua, co-nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

“Vulnerable Cultures”
Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol.16 (2), 2006 (Routledge/UK).

“In the 1980s I remember on a collective TV in Oran, Algeria, my mother’s home-city, men watching the American TV show ‘Dynasty’, dubbed in Arabic in a café.  I had never personally seen the show but the glitzy intrigues of wealthy Texans seemed an odd subject matter for the men in the cafés.  However, the men seemed riveted.”

The essay discusses the place of theater and the playwright in the age of cultural globalization.

“Kansas Abduction”
Roundup: League of Professional Theatre Women, Vol. VI, 2005-2006.

“Days before I went to the Rotary Club, a 16-year-old woman was abducted from her home right near the William Inge House.  An “Amber-Alert” brought FBI special agents straight to the area, and the news vans lined the usually empty streets…”

Filloux lived and wrote in William Inge’s boyhood home during her playwright’s residency in Independence, Kansas, and was witness to a few surprises in America’s heartland.

“A Public Garden”
Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol.15 (2), 2005 (Routledge/UK).

“It is clear to the young Moroccans I work with that ‘honor killings’--such as the one in The Beauty Inside--stand outside the Muslim religion.  And yet this kind of violence towards women is part of the radical thinking of fundamentalists…”

An article about a workshop of Filloux’s play The Beauty Inside, in Arabic, in Rabat, Morocco, which recounts the post 9-11 tensions.

“Seeing Eyes: How contemporary plays open eyes and hearts to
the legacy of Cambodia’s killing fields”

American Theatre, January 2005.

“Playwright Catherine Filloux eloquently explores the gulf between the U.S. and Cambodian theatrical sensibilities in her account of a production of her drama Eyes of the Heart (page 77), based on oral histories she compiled over five years of working with Cambodian refugee women at St. Rita’s Refugee Center in the Bronx.  Filloux recently returned from Phnom Pehn, where she taught playwriting at the Royal University of Fine Arts and organized a short-play festival for her students.” American Theatre

“Ten Gems on a Thread II”
The Drama Review, Winter, 2004
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“Maybe it’s the writing bond. The trust given to me for very little reason, except that these student artists are full of grace, light, and joy, despite their hardships. A gun, a careless bullet in their path? The air between all of us is so fragile.”

An account of Filloux’s trip to Cambodia in 2003, to do a playwriting workshop at the Royal University of Fine Arts and document Lakhaoun Niyeay, “spoken-word theatre.”  A continuation of “Ten Gems on a Thread.”

“Ten Gems on a Thread”; Manoa: In the Shadow of Angkor
Contemporary Writing From Cambodia, 2004
@nd…a New Dramatists Publication, Winter 2002.

“This book shows that the light of literature has not been extinguished in Cambodia, and is growing brighter.”
LOUNG UNG Author of First They Killed My Father

Book Chapter:

“Alive on Stage in Cambodia: Time, Histories and Bodies”
Chapter (Case-Study) in Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict

Cohen, Dr. Cynthia E., Varea, Roberto Gutiérrez, and Walker, Dr. Polly, Editors
A two-volume anthology, New Village Press, 2011. (With an accompanying website and “toolkit”.)

Translation (French to English):

The Lion King Paris
Translation Services, Disney, 2007

“In the Event of a Sudden Loss of Cabin Pressure”
by Aurélie Resch
Queen’s Quarterly: A Canadian Review; Short Story, Summer 2003.

a play by Philippe Minyana
Ubu Repertory Theater, NYC (w/ Kevin Duffy), 1992

Interview with Eugene Ionesco
Dramatics Magazine, 1984.


Encyclopedia Of Asian Theatre
Samuel L. Leiter, Editor
Connecticut/London: Greenwood Press, 2007.

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