Grab a FREE beer and join us for our Conversation Series: A chance for audience members to discuss the issues, themes and questions raised by the play in a town hall-style discussion alongside artists and guest panelists. A complimentary beer will be provided with each ticket purchase courtesy of Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Sat, Feb 14 Post-Show
The Problem with America: A conversation with author Chris Hedges

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Chris Hedges has written twelve books, including The New York Times best seller “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (2012), which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. Some of his other books include “Death of the Liberal Class” (2010), “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle” (2009), “I Don’t Believe in Atheists” (2008) and the best selling “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America” (2008). His book “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” (2003) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. In 2011, Nation Books published a collection of Hedges’ Truthdig columns called “The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.”

Hedges previously spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.

Hedges was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. The Los Angeles Press Club honored Hedges’ original columns in Truthdig by naming the author the Online Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011. The LAPC also granted him the Best Online Column award in 2010 for his Truthdig essay “One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists”.
Hedges is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University and The University of Toronto. He currently teaches prisoners at a maximum-security prison in New Jersey.

Hedges began his career reporting on the Falkland War from Argentina for National Public Radio. He went on to cover the war in El Salvador and Nicaragua for five years, first for The Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio and later The Dallas Morning News. Following six years in Latin America, he took time off to study Arabic and then went to Jerusalem and later Cairo. He spent seven years in the Middle East, most of them as the bureau chief there for The New York Times. He left the Middle East in 1995 for Sarajevo to cover the war in Bosnia and later reported the war in Kosovo. Afterward, he joined the Times’ investigative team and was based in Paris to cover al-Qaida. He left the Times after being issued a formal reprimand for denouncing the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq.

Hedges holds a B.A. in English literature from Colgate University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Calif. Hedges speaks Arabic, French and Spanish and studied classics, including ancient Greek and Latin, at Harvard. In addition to writing a weekly original column for Truthdig, he has written for Harper’s Magazine, Le Monde, The New Statesman, The New York Review of Books, Adbusters, Granta, Foreign Affairs and other publications. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey and is married to the Canadian actress Eunice Wong with whom he has two children. He also has two children from a previous marriage.

Feb 11, Feb 18, Mar 4 Pre-show at 7pm (show at 8pm)
A conversation with director Jackson Gay and playwright Lucy Thurber

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Jackson Gay: Upcoming projects include The Insurgents by Lucy Thurber (Labyrinth Theater Company) and Elevada by Sheila Callaghan (Yale Rep). Jackson is also currently co-producing the Fuller Road Artist Residency for Female Directors of Color in Vermont. Recent projects include Kingdom Cityby Sheri Wilner (La Jolla Playhouse); These Paper Bullets! by Rolin Jones with music by Billie Joe Armstrong- 2014 Connecticut Critics Circle Award Best Production and Best Director- (Yale Rep); 3C by David Adjmi (Rattlestick); Arlington by Victor Lodato with music by Polly Pen (San Francisco’s Magic Theatre); Lucy Thurber’s Where We’re Born – 2014 Obie Award winning The Hilltown Plays (Rattlestick) and Scarcity (Atlantic Theatre Company); Rolin Jones’ The Jammer (Atlantic Theater Company) and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Atlantic; Yale Rep, Connecticut Critics Circle Award – Outstanding Production of a Play); Allison Moore’s Collapse (Women’s Project Theater); Bess Wohl’s Barcelona (People’s Light & Theatre); Fallow by Ken Lin (People’s Light, Ojai Playwrights Conference); As You Like It (Chautauqua Theater Company); A Little Journey(Mint Theater Company; Drama Desk nomination – Outstanding Revival of a Play); Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz, August: Osage County, Red and Intelligence Slave by Ken Lin (Alley Theatre). Jackson teaches directing at Columbia University and is on faculty at Primary Stages ESPA School of Theater. She is the recipient of the Jonathan Alper Directing Fellowship at Manhattan Theatre Club, the Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Fellowship, the Drama League’s New Directors/New Works Fellowship, and University of the Arts Silver Star Distinguished Alumni Award. Originally from Sugar Land, Texas, Jackson received her BFA in acting from the University of the Arts and MFA in directing from Yale School of Drama.

Wed, Feb 25 Post-Show Conversation
Race, Class and Community in Detroit and Beyond: A conversation with playwright Dominique Morisseau

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Dominique Morisseau, Playwright/Actress, is alumni of the Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop. Credits include: Skeleton Crew (Sundance; Lark Barebones); Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem/NBT); Sunset Baby (Gate Theater; Labyrinth Theater); Follow Me To Nellie’s (O’Neill; Premiere Stages). She has produced other original works with the Hip Hop Theater Festival, Penn State University, American Theatre of Harlem and The New Group. Her 3-play cycle, entitled “The Detroit Projects” include Detroit ’67, Paradise Blue (developed with Voice and Vision, Hansberry Project, NYTW, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Public Theater), and Skeleton Crew. Awards: Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, two-time NAACP Image Award, Primus Prize commendation, Stavis Playwriting Award, Spirit of Detroit Award, U of M Emerging Leader Award, Weissberger Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper New American Play Prize, and the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama.

Mar 3 & Mar 5: Post-show conversation with the cast and playwright.

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Thurs, Mar 12: Post-show conversation with John Brown scholar Lou DeCaro

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Louis A. DeCaro Jr. is associate professor of church history at Alliance Theological Seminary in New York City. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University, and has written a number of books and articles on the African American Muslim leader, Malcolm X. However, since the late 1990s, he has been an enthusiastic student of the life and letters of John Brown the abolitionist. His first two biographical works on Brown are “Fire from the Midst of You”: A Religious Life of John Brown (NYU Press, 2002), and John Brown–the Cost of Freedom (International Publishers, 2007), the latter including twenty documents from Brown’s hand, some of which have never been published. His latest are Freedom’s Dawn: The Last Days of John Brown in Virginia, and an accompanying collection of Brown’s letters and statements from jail, American Martyr (forthcoming this year on Rowman & Littlefield Publishers).

Lou has also contributed to a number of publications, including The Afterlife of John Brown (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), and a forthcoming collection, The Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance and the Underground Railroad Along the Detroit River. In 2007, he stood on behalf of John Brown’s induction into the National Abolition Hall of Fame in Peterboro, N.Y., and has spoken in a variety of John Brown programs in the United States and Canada. In 2009, Lou was a keynote speaker at events in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Haven, Connecticut, and Lake Placid, New York in conjunction with the John Brown/Harper’s Ferry Raid Sesquicentennial. His blog, “John Brown the Abolitionist,” has been published since late 2005. Visit it at http://abolitionist-john-brown.blogspot.com/