Eyes of the Heart
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Eyes of the Heart collects six plays by Catherine Filloux: Silence of God, Selma '65, Mary and Myra, Kidnap Road, Lemkin's House, and Eyes of The Heart. These powerful works take up issues of civil and human rights, genocide, and the determination of women and men to retain their dignity and humanity in times of darkness and violence.
an anthology of 5 plays by Catherine Filloux
published by Seagull Books, London Limited
A collection of five plays by Catherine Filloux, with introductions for each play by leading scholars who provide context and commentary on the range of her drama. Includes: Silence of God, Mary and Myra, Lemkin's House, The Beauty Inside, and Eyes of The Heart.
Dog and Wolf and Killing the Boss
by NoPASSPORT PRESS 2011
with an introduction by Cynthia E. Cohen (Brandeis University).
Articles by Filloux
The Brooklyn Rail: Theater InDialogue
“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…”
Theatre Journal: Special Issue on Contemporary Women Playwrights
December 2010, Vol. 62, No. 4.
“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).
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.”
n 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
“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.”
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
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
Dramatics Magazine, 1984.
Encyclopedia Of Asian Theatre
Samuel L. Leiter, Editor
Connecticut/London: Greenwood Press, 2007