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 For the Weekend of October 3rd-October 5th
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?
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.