A dramatic adaptation of William Saroyan’s powerful autobiographical novel “Papa You’re Crazy’ will be presented at the William Saroyan Centenary Festival in the framework of High Fest International Theatre Festival in Yerevan, Armenia, on October 8th, 2008. The production is adapted for the stage and directed by award-winning actress Nora Armani and is performed by Bartlomiej Soroczynski.
Nora Armani’s adaptation of the work centers on the two main characters of the play, namely the author and his son. However, Ms. Armani has approached the staging and adaptation of the work as ‘primarily literature’ and ‘not a documentary on the Saroyan’s.’ “It is also the story of ‘any father and any son’ as Saroyan himself mentions in the novel at some point,” said Ms. Armani during a recent interview.
Ms. Armani’s other adaptation works include:
“Nannto Nannto”, a performance piece for cello and spoken work adapted from world poetry and literature dealing with travel and love, and “Sojourn at Ararat” that she co-created and performed with Gerald Papasian based on Armenian poetry and literature. Both plays have garnered international awards and accolades. More recently, in New York, she adapted and directed a play called “Khawaga Story” about Egyptian Jews in exile from a book by Liliane Dammond.
Nora Armani is well known to Armenian and International audiences through her performances as an actor on stage and screen. Some of the films she has starred and appeared in have been seen in major international festivals, on screens worldwide, on Egyptian TV and BBC TV. She has also appeared in a number of French films as well as Egyptian TV Series. Her Armenian films include: “Deadline in Seven Days” by Ara Ernjakian, “Last Station” by Haroutyoun Khatchatryan and “Labyrinth” by Mikayel Dolatyan.
After a fourteen-year absence from Armenia due to relocations and performances and films in France, USA and the UK, Ms. Armani visited Armenia again in August of 2007. “Meetings with wonderful people and culturally aware officials reopened the door for more collaborations on the artistic level once again,” she said with her characteristic smile. “I am thrilled to be back and participating in this most important moment of celebrating William Saroyan’s 100th birthday, especially that I share his birth-day: August 31st,” she added.
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“Papa You’re Crazy” will be performed in English in the William Saroyan Centenary Festival in the Framework of High Fest International Festival in Yerevan, Armenia. The performance takes place at the H. Tumanyan State Puppet Theatre, at 6pm on October 8th, 2008, Address: 4 Sayat-Nova Ave., Yerevan, Phone: (+374 10) 563244, 563243.
HIGH FEST International Theatre Festival
Contact person: Shoghakat Galstyan
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26 Amiryan Str., State Institute of Theatre and Cinema
Yerevan 375002, Armenia
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Web site: www.highfest.am