CEERES of Voices: Catalina Florina Florescu - "The Rebelled Body Plays" - Mihaela Campion

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Catalina Florina Florescu

CEERES of Voices presents Catalina Florina Florescu on The Rebelled Body Plays. She will be joined in conversation by Mihaela Campion. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

Presented in partnership with CEERES, the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at the University of Chicago.

At 57th Street Books

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About the book: The Rebelled Body Plays is a collection of three plays: Mia; Suicidal Dog and Laika; and Three as in Tri-Angle, or the Aftertastes of Life. The same plays appeared in the author's native language, Romanian, last year. Mia is a play about femininity in the aftermath of breast cancer. Suicidal Dog and Laika is Catalina's most staged play, with professional readings done in New York directed by Marcy Arlin and Olga Levina, respectively; at Jersey City Theater Center, director Olga Levina; and in London, director Leo Bacica. Finally, Three as in Tri-Angle, or the Aftertastes of Life started as an invitation to a workshop on Masculinities at the Urban Theater in New York. The play presents the vulnerable side of masculinity.

About the author: Catalina Florina Florescu was born in Romania. She earned her doctoral degree in Comparative Literature from Purdue University with a dissertation at the intersection of theater, cinema, visual arts, and medical humanities. She has authored and/or edited eight books. She teaches writing, literature and theater at Pace University in New York. She is also the New Plays Festival Curator at Jersey City Theater Center where she organizes a two day event in May open to local and international playwrights.

Currently, she is working on three books, two of pedagogical/applied theater, and one of seven new plays in a bilingual edition. More about her activities: https://www.catalinaflorescu.com/ Aside from her writing, Catalina dreams traveling and travels dreaming.

About the interlocutor: Mihaela Campion is the founder of the Psychotherapy and Transformational Movement with over twenty years of clinical experience. She received a Master of Arts in Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, where she specialized in Counseling Psychology. As an immigrant, she embraces cultural diversity and the uniqueness of each individual.  She promotes courage, vulnerability, empathy, and self-compassion as a way of wholehearted living.  In addition to her academic training, she embraces new modalities of treatment.

She is also a member of the Clinical Company for Erasing the Distance, a non-profit arts organization based in Chicago that uses the power of performance to disarm stigma, spark dialogue, educate, and promote healing surrounding issues of mental health.

About the series: CEERES, pronounced /ˈsirēz/, is the acronym for the University of Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies. Together with the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, we are delighted to announce the launch of the CEERES of Voices Event Series, an author-centered series of readings and conversations on books from or about Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Eurasia, and the Caucasus. The books being discussed are identified in a various ways: through publishers’ contacts with the bookstore or through faculty requests to CEERES to host the author.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637