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Explore how the creation and sharing of art is inherently political in a series of conversations with artists and experts. Using Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Heather Raffo’s Noura as a starting point, the conversations will investigate how the form, structure and context of a work of art informs its political impact.

Coffee and breakfast treats provided.

Panels include:

An opening presentation from Derek Goldman, Co-Director of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics.

How does the structure of a work of art shape its impact and meaning? This conversation will center on how an audience’s experience of story, character and themes get shaped by the work of art. The panelists will reflect on their own experiences creating works that tell personal and political stories from around the globe.

Heather Raffo, playwright and actor, Noura, Nine Parts of Desire
Blanka Zizka, director and Artistic Director, The Wilma
Nikkole Salter, actor and playwright, Lady Macbeth at STC, In The Continuum
Moderated by STC’s Audience Enrichment Manager Hannah Hessel Ratner


How does the political atmosphere of a society impact the experience and creation of the work of art?  This panel will look at how shifts in the social and political environment can affect the perception and creation of art. These panelists will reflect on how literature, theatre and film adjust based on their surroundings.

Azar Nafisi, author, Reading Lolita in Tehran
Robert Joy, actor, Polonius in Hamlet
Soraya Nadia McDonald, cultural critic ESPN’s The Undefeated

The symposium is presented in collaboration with the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University.

AsidesLIVE Symposium

February 25

Sidney Harman Hall: ForumTheatre as Politics
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$10 General Admission, $5 Students
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