From Away is an annual festival of new work celebrating the many voices of international playwrights. Each year, the festival brings talented playwrights from around the world to Portland, where excerpts from their work are presented, in translation, by Portland Stage Affiliate Artists.
The 2013 From Away festival was held on
Monday, October 28, at Portland Stage, with visiting writers Whiti Hereaka of New Zealand and Patricia Portela of Portugal.
From Away is produced in collaboration with the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, a unique residency program that brings together the writers of the world. Founded in 1967, the IWP was the first international writer’s residency at a university, and it remains unique in the world. The IWP brings established writers from around the world to the University of Iowa, where they become part of the lively literary community on campus. Over the years, well over a thousand poets, writers, and dramatists from more than 130 countries have completed residencies in the program. From Away takes place near the culmination of their three-month residency in the International Writing Program, and has become a favorite event for many of the writers.
The From Away festival features readings from the recent work of the writers, followed by an open forum discussion between the playwrights, Portland Stage artists and the audience. Through both performance and conversation, the festival brings together the words and opinions of writers from many disparate continents and walks of life. Former From Away writers have come from China, Iran, Russia, Cuba, Uganda, Singapore, Romania, Israel, Colombia, the Philippines, Palestine, India, Hungary, Ireland, Australia, Argentina, Slovakia, Uzbekistan, Iceland, and Zimbabwe, among many others.
For more information on From Away, call 207.774.1043 x105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.