Spotlight: Human Rights
A SERIES OF NEW PLAYS ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS PRACTICIONERS
The Spotlight: Human Rights Initiative brings together practitioners in the field of human rights with theatre artists, scholars, and students from NYC colleges and high schools to collaborate on the creation of new plays, pairing those plays with new scholarship that raises public awareness about the lives of international aid workers. The Initiative tackles critical questions and issues through art that has meaningful impact for human rights practitioners.
NEXT EVENT IN THE SERIES:
About the Series: On 4 Thursdays in Fall 2012, the plays will be performed professionally at John Jay College, alongside interactive panels on the issues.
November 29th, from 3pm-8pm
directed by Lisa Rothe
Panel to follow with Dr. Marc Levin of Medecins Sans Frontieres and George Andreopoulos of the Center for International Human Rights
A Guide for the Homesick
directed by Will Pomerantz
with Epic Ensemble members Brandt Adams and Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr.
Panel to follow with Kyle Knight of Human Rights Watch and Gabriele Russo, Vice President, UN GLOBE
John Jay College
524 W. 59th Street (West of 10th/Amsterdam Ave)
Tickets are FREE but SPACE is LIMITED!
Each event in the series is FREE, and begins at 3pm with a presentation ofthe first play, followed by a panel of experts discussing the issues raised in an interactive format with the audience. At 5pm there will be a break for snacks and dialogue between the audience and the professionals from a variety of fields. At 5:30, the second play will be read, followed by a post-show talk with the artists, ending at 8pm. You can attend from 3-5:30 or from 5-8, or stay for both!
This exciting new initiative is developed by Epic Theatre Ensemble and The Center for International Human Rights at John Jay College in partnership with Lark Play Development Center
Please click here if you are interested in attending
Spotlight: Human Rights is made possible by generous support from
Ford Foundation's Good Neighbor Committee
with additional support from
The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust
More about Spotlight: Human Rights
Over the course of 12 months, four teams comprised of playwrights, practitioners, scholars, and students will be assigned a priority question in the human rights field to explore and discuss. The playwrights and scholars will be commissioned to create new work that tackles these questions, sharing their efforts throughout the creative process with their team. The initiative will culminate in a series of conference-eventsat John Jay College and nearby theatres and cultural organizations in Manhattan in Fall of 2012. New plays will be presented to the public side by side with new scholarship, all followed by interactive workshops, fostering a diverse and multi-faceted community that has the potential to last far beyond the initiative’s life-span, as well as generate new work that has a meaningful impact for the human rights field.
Over twenty writers were invited to submit proposals to participate in the program. We're very pleased to announce the four who were selected for commissions for this first year of Spotlight: Human Rights: