Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Seattle Repertory Theatre Presents:

Humanities Forum

Community-based Theatre and the Role of the Outsider

Saturday, February 9 at 4:30pm, directly following the 2:00 pm matinee of The Breach

Seattle, WA - Seattle Repertory Theatre presents its continuing series of community discussions, Humanities Forum on Saturday, February 9th at 4:30 p.m. in connection with the performance of The Breach. Panelists will discuss community-based theatre and the role of the outsider. Panelists include David Esbjornson, director of The Breach, Todd Jefferson Moore, actor and playwright and Jack Bentz, Artistic Director of Deus X Machina theatre company and will be moderated by Seattle Rep Education Director, Andrea Allen. Admission is free.

The phenomenon of a natural calamity like Hurricane Katrina creates chaos, pain and confusion on a mythic scale. In The Breach, playwrights Filloux, McCraney and Sutton weave together three unique and separate stories from those who survived the storm. In its exploration of the impacts of Katrina, this powerful and surreal play taps the conspiracy theories, loss and nascent hope of this devastated American region. Last fall, The Breach was presented as public readings in theatres and FEMA trailers throughout the South, culminating in a full production at the Southern Rep in New Orleans. The performances prompted public debate on the broader issues of poverty, patriotism and the responsibility we have toward one another, a debate we hope will continue within the Seattle community.

About Humanities Forum: These hour-long panel discussions feature Seattle Rep staff, artists and scholars examining issues and themes related to the plays. After you've seen the show, come back and deepen your understanding and express your opinions. On the final Saturday of each Bagley Wright Theatre shows, between the matinee and evening performances.

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