an interactive series discussing different sides of conversations, empathizing with the struggles of our fellow human beings whatever their views may be.
Read the plays and then join us in the discussion—complete with refreshments, actors, designers, and directors to talk about themes, characters, and how theatre offers a lens in which we can view and discuss community and cultural issues.
John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, adapted for the stage by Frank Galati, creates an unflinching portrait of a family in search of a home and honest work—themes that are as relevant today as they were during the Dust Bowl, as we strive to uncover and define the American pioneering spirit, and what it means to relocate, seeking a new future in a new land, and maintaining our dignity.
Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive takes the reader and audience straight into the heart of the “Me-Too” movement. Ms. Vogel has offered that she intended the play ''to get the audience to go along for a ride they wouldn't ordinarily take, or don't even know they're taking.'' The NY Times has called the work “both wryly objective…and deeply empathetic, angry, and compassionate.” Written in 1997, this memory play of a young girl’s survival of abuse is both harrowing and provocative.