The showcase will take place at:
Mile Square Theatre Company
720 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor
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For information call 973/514-1787 X11
Recommended for high school age and above
Suggested donation $10 adults, $5 students
Both Emil Draitser's short-shorts, Directions and It's Not a Simple Thing, are about hard things to do: for a poet, to explain his long-time-unseen friend how to find him, and, for a young man, to tell his girl what she would never wanted to hear.
Emil will be reading both of his stories.
A three-time recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Prose Writing, Emil Draitser is an author and professor of Russian at Hunter College in New York City. Besides ten books of artistic and scholarly prose, his essays and short stories have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Partisan Review, North American Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Prism International, and many other American and Canadian periodicals. His fiction has also appeared in Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, Byelorussian, and Israeli journals. He has also received numerous grants for writing both fiction and non-fiction from the City University of New York. Draitser has given numerous public lectures and book talks at universities, cultural centers, and museums in the United States, Canada, UK, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, and Russia. (For more info, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emil_Draitser).
The NJ Literary Artists Fellowship Showcase performances are works by writers who received prestigious NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowships in poetry, prose and playwriting. The March 9th set features prose writers with ties to Hudson County. A partnership between Playwrights Theatre, New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Mile Square Theatre Company.
These readings are part of The New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival which is a statewide theatre “open-house” with free and discounted tickets to performances, workshops and events offered by New Jersey’s 31 Professional Member Theatres throughout the month of March.
1) What inspired you to write “Directions” and “It’s Not a Simple Thing?”
2) Why are you drawn to writing short stories?
3) You have a BS in Electrical Engineering, a diploma in Editing, an MA in Journalism and a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Do you find that your writing is influenced by your diverse educational background or is it separate part of your life?
Now, recalling that little episode of my youth, I have no idea on what basis the teacher made such a fateful conclusion about my literary abilities. To write truthfully even about such a seemingly innocent thing as summer vacations wasn’t easy at all. Here too, the replies had to be politically correct. During summertime, we ought to better ourselves. That is, increase our extra-curriculum reading and help the adults. Of course, we could get some suntan and swim, but it wasn't accepted to express any joy derived from it. To experience a purely physical pleasure was considered to be the contemptible lot of the bourgeois, languishing in idleness, not of the young pioneers of the Soviet Union.