Don’t forget that most of the performances of SELMA ’65 include a discussion with various activists, artists, and scholars on the critical themes and events of the play. Be sure when you get you tickets here, that you check out who’s on the docket for an enlightening post show discussion of Voting Rights, the Selma March, and the lives of the individuals who inspired the play.
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 2:00pm Performance
Post-matinee performance panel with Gary May, the author of The Informant: The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo, and Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy. In Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent from the U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, where she argued that the law should be kept intact, Ginsburg cited May’s book. Bill Moyers calls his book “masterful.”
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:30pm Performance
Actress Marietta Hedges
Post-performance Q & A with playwright Catherine Filloux, actress Marietta Hedges and director Eleanor Holdridge.
Sunday, September 28, 2:00pm Performance
Post-matinee performance panel with Reverend Richard Leonard, author of Call to Selma: Eighteen Days of Witness, and one of 300 who marched the entire Selma Voting March from Selma to Montgomery. He is Minister Emeritus, All Souls Unitarian Church, New York City.
Friday, October 3, 2014, 7:30pm Performance
Post-performance Q & A with Steven Carbó, Director of Voting Rights and Democracy Initiatives, Center for Popular Democracy. Steven is a national voting rights expert with more than two decades of experience in advancing civil rights and social justice policies at the federal, state and community levels. He works closely with partner organizations to broaden voter registration opportunities, eliminate voting restrictions for former prisoners, and protect the right to vote.
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 7:30pm Performance
Post-performance panel with Victoria Sanford, Director, Center for Human Rights & Peace Studies, Professor of Anthropology, Lehman College & the Graduate Center City University of New York.
Sunday, October 5th, 2014, 2:00pm Performance (JUST ADDED)
“Words of a Movement”–The role of poetry in advancing justice up to Selma ‘65 and beyond. With Maurice Decaul, poet, essayist, and playwright, whose work has been featured in the New York Times, The Daily Beast, Sierra Magazine and others, and poet Gregory Pardlo Jr. the author of Totem (APR/Honickman Prize, 2007) and Digest, (Four Way Books, 2014). His poems appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, The Nation, as well as the Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry and Best American Poetry. Pardlo Jr. and Decaul will be in conversation about the poet’s role in the civil rights movement prior to Selma, Selma ‘65 and post Selma. If poetry is able to refer to specific moments in time, what does poetry teach us about the referent? Pardlo Jr. will conclude with a reading from his forthcoming book Digest.
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7:30pm Performance
A proud daughter of Detroit, Michigan, Kay Turner is an artist and folklorist who currently teaches courses on gender, oral narrative, and temporality theory in the Performance Studies Dept. at NYU. Among other books, she is the author of Beautiful Necessity: The Art and Meaning of Women’s Altars and Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms. For San Francisco’s National Queer Arts Festival 2014 Turner directed and starred in “When Gertrude Met Susan,” an imaginary meeting between Gertrude Stein and Susan Sontag she originally produced at Dixon Place in NYC. In 2013 Turner conceived, wrote music for, and hosted “Otherwise: Queer Scholarship into Song,” also at Dixon Place. Turner is currently at work on “Frau Trude: The Musical,” based on the Grimms’ tale about a witch and the girl who pursues her. She, actress Marietta Hedges, and playwright, Catherine Filloux, will discuss Kay growing up in Detroit, knowing Viola Liuzzo.
Friday, October 10, 2014, 7:30pm Performance
Post-performance panel with Eleanor J. Bader, who will interview the artists of SELMA ’65. Bader is a freelance journalist, who writes for Truthout, RHRealityCheck, Theasy, and other blogs and magazines.
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7:30pm Performance
Post-performance panel with Serena Solomon, a reporter/producer for DNAinfo. An Australian, Serena, started out as a social worker, working with homeless teenagers and moved to the East Coast to work with the New York Times on “The Local” and then local news website DNAinfo.
Serena will interview Vishal Agraharkar, Counsel for the Democracy Program at Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.
Sunday, October 12, 2014, 2:00pm Performance (Closing Performance)
Post-matinee performance panel with Cynthia Cohen, Director of Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University, and David Cunningham, author of Klansville, U.S.A.: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era KKK. Cunningham is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, and the Chair of the Social Justice & Social Policy Program at Brandeis University. He will address the legacy of KKK violence, and organized vigilantism. Cohen is co-editor of Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict. She is Chair of Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation and will speak about Peacebuilding and the Arts and its relationship to social justice. (Sponsored by Brandeis Minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation.)