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Center for Armenian Studies pres.

Berj H. Haidostian Annual Distinguished Lecture. “Finding Nemesis.”

Eric Bogosian. Photo by: Susan Johann Eric Bogosian. Photo by: Susan Johann
Eric Bogosian. Photo by: Susan Johann
Eric Bogosian, playwright, novelist and actor. Helmut Stern Auditorium, University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State, Ann Arbor.

Bogosian will discuss how his decision to write a screenplay about the assassination of Talat Pasha led him to write a non-fiction history of the Nemesis assassins and their context. For nearly five years he has thrown himself into a crash course on Armenian and Turkish history, interviewing prominent historians around the world, translating primary texts from Armenian, French, and German, and conducting primary research in the British archives. Bogosian will talk about his research and writing process as well as conclusions he has drawn after immersing himself in the topic.

Eric Bogosian is best known as a playwright, novelist, and actor. Most recently he starred with Laura Linney on Broadway in Donald Margulies' Time Stands Still, and in 2012 he completed work on a study of Soghomon Tehlirian and the Nemesis conspiracy. Bogosian wrote and starred in the play Talk Radio (NYSF, 1987; Broadway with Liev Schreiber, 2007), for which he received Pulitzer Prize and Tony award nominations. For his film adaptation of the play, Bogosian received the Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear Award. In addition to Talk Radio, Bogosian has written a number of full-length plays including subUrbia (LCT, Second Stage, adapted to film), Griller (Goodman), Red Angel (Williamstown Theater Festival), Humpty Dumpty (The McCarter), and 1+1 (New York Stage and Film). He is also the author of three novels - Mall, Wasted Beauty, and Perforated Heart - and a novella, Notes from Underground. As an actor, Bogosian has appeared in numerous films and television programs, starring in Robert Altman's The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Oliver Stone's Talk Radio, Under Siege II, Wonderland, and as Captain Danny Ross on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. His six solo Off-Broadway performances between 1980 and 2000 - including Drinking in America; Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll; and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee - received three Obie awards. He lives in New York with his wife, director Jo Bonney.
Eric Bogosian. Photo by: Susan Johann Eric Bogosian. Photo by: Susan Johann
Eric Bogosian. Photo by: Susan Johann

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