In remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting March, award-winning playwright Catherine Filloux brings to life the interconnected stories of Viola Liuzzo, white civil rights activist, and Tommy Rowe, FBI informant, undercover with the Ku Klux Klan. Marietta Hedges plays both roles.
Schedule of Post-Show Panel Discussions
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
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 of the Center for Human Rights & Peace Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Lehman College & the Graduate Center City University of New York. "Inequality and Police States at Home and Abroad"--From Selma to Soweto, Guatemala City to Ferguson, lingering inequality is reinforced by violent state responses to citizen protests. What are the lessons we can bring to bear in the present from past struggles for justice?
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 Scholarshipinto 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.)