Staged Play Readings

Its Alive !!! presents readings of Cocteau, Beckett, and Magnusson
MIT Theater Arts Senior Lecturer, actor, and director Anna Kohler, in collaboration with technical director Bozkurt Karasu, and MIT students, will present staged readings with video as part of the It’s Alive !!! series.  The first reading on Saturday, April 26 will feature Cocteau’s, The Human Voice and Beckett’s Rockabye, two monologues about the loss of love and the grace of deathKohler and Karasu will next present on Monday, April 28,  It Wasn’t Me, a play based on the novel Das War Ich Nicht by Kristof Magnusson, Berlin-based writer-in-residence at MIT.  Both readings are at 7:30pm in Killian Hall and admission is free and open to the public.


About It wasn’t Me (Das War Ich Nicht):
The banking and financial crisis convulsed the world economy and sparked profound global change. But who was actually responsible? In the play It Wasn’t Me, Kristof Magnusson seeks – and finds – answers to this complex question. 

Not only does he present readers with an entertaining and cleverly constructed story, he unravels the complex economic issues in a way that reflects thorough research, yet is humorous and easy to understand.


About Kristof Magnusson:

Kristof MagnussonKristof Magnusson was born in Hamburg in 1976. After training as a church musician, he spent 1996-1998 working for homelessness organizations in New York before studying at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig, the Berlin University of the Arts and the University of Reykjavík. Magnusson lives in Berlin as a writer and translator. He has received numerous fellowships for his work as a dramatist and fiction writer from such institutions as the Academy of Arts, the Cultural Foundation of Saxony and the German Literature Fund. Currently, he is teaching a course in Theater Writing in German at MIT as the ninth Max Kade writer-in-residence.

Magnusson will read in English and German from his soon to be published novel Arztroman (medical fiction) on Thursday, May 1 at 5:30pm in Room 66-110.  The reading is free and open to the public.  For more information, email


About Anna Kohler:

kohler.200Stage and screen actor and director Anna Kohler has worked on stage with some of America’s most respected playwrights, actors and directors, and is a longtime associate member of America’s foremost experimental theater company “The Wooster Group.” In 2003, she reprised her role as Natalya in the Group’s revival of Brace Up!  Her performance was praised in The New Yorker as the “emotional center” of the show. Her film work includes Hal Hartley’s The Book of Life and Bruno de Almeida’s On the Run, Peter Sellar’s “The cabinet of Dr. Ramirez”, among others. As a director, she has conceived and directed plays that have been performed in Austria, Germany, Brazil, and the United States.  She has toured with Richard Maxwell’s “Ode to the man who kneels” to Bonn and Brazil in 2011 and in spring 2012 appeared in Yesterday Happened: Remembering H.M., a production of the Catalyst Collaborative at MIT and Central Square Theater.  In Dec. 2012, she appeared as Medea at the “Roulette” theater in NYC in The Medead, the Opera by Fiona Templeton, This April she reprised her role as Mrs. Fangitu in “Chang in a Void Moon” at Incubator Arts Space in NYC.


About Bozkurt Karasu:

bozzyBozkurt Karasu began working as a production crew member of the Istanbul Festivals organized by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts in 1990. He later became the Production Manager of the International Istanbul Music, Jazz, Film and Theatre Festivals and International Istanbul Biennial of the same foundation while continuing to work as a free-lance production/stage manager and production designer for important concert halls, festivals and artists. Before moving to NYC in 2003 to join The Wooster Group as their production manager he worked with top level artists, companies, bands and orchestras. After moving to the US, for 10 years he toured 35 different cities in 21 countries with TWG and also collaborated as production manager and designer with a wide array of extraordinary artists and ensembles.


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