Marie Chauvet/Haiti: Chauvet’s Theatres of Revolt


The CUNY Graduate Center and the Henri Peyre French Institute present “Marie Chauvet/Haiti: Chauvet’s Theatres of Revolt,” a celebration of the 100th birthday of Haitian playwright and novelist Marie Chauvet.

This event will take place at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, on Monday, October 24, 2016. There will be presentations starting at 2:00pm with evening readings at 6:30pm, with the participation of Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken, Kaiama L. Glover, Stéphanie Bérard, Régine Isabelle Joseph, Christian Flaugh, Régine Michelle Jean-Charles, Jeremy Matthew, Judith Miller, Alice Reagan, Lena Taub Robles, Carolyn Shread, and Gina Athena Ulysse, among others. [The event is free and open to public. First come, first served.] For detailed program, see the Segal Center page.

Description: Marie Chauvet was forced to flee Haiti after publishing works critical of the race and class structures undergirding Haitian society and politics during the totalitarian regime of François “Papa Doc” Duvalier. Her most well-known work, the trilogy Love, Anger, and Madness, was first published in Paris in 1968 with the support of Simone de Beauvoir, bringing her much acclaim and putting her life in great danger. Exiled from Haiti, leaving her affluent family behind, Chauvet spent the final years of her life in New York City, where she worked as a maid and died in relative poverty in 1973. It is only in the last two decades that Chauvet’s work has been given critical attention, enjoying re-editions in French and translations in English and Spanish. Though best known as a novelist, Chauvet was also a playwright, and much of her prose fiction is written as dramatic dialogue.

Organized by Professors Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken (City College of New York, CUNY) and Kaiama L. Glover (Barnard College, Columbia University) in collaboration with Frank Hentschker (The Segal Center), the program will bring together scholars, experts, and theatre artists to introduce Chauvet’s work for the stage. The event is co-presented and made possible by the Henri Peyre French Institute, Program Director Francesca Sautman, with additional support from IRADAC (Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean), GC CUNY.

[Photo above: Marie Chauvet, Circa 1960. Photo courtesy of Anthony Phelps, from]

For detailed program, see


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