A Pound of Flesh Panel Discussion December 6th & 13th

The Merchant of Venice Panel Discussion Elements Theatre Company presents the 2015 “Arts in Conversation” series, an annual program launched in 2013 that brings together leaders in the arts, education, religion, media and social outreach to create public dialogue on the power of the arts to humanize our culture. As a theatre company, our core mission is to educate and illuminate through the honest exploration of classical and classically-rooted modern theatre. We believe that theatre provides a mirror for ourselves and our society, creating a possibility for meaningful exchange over ideas that matter most deeply. In our experience, reconciliation and transformation are only possible when we clearly see and name the issues that divide us. Distinguished guest panelists along with the Artistic Director of Elements, who plays Shylock, consider the reasons we create an "other" in society. How are we responsible for the climate that divides and distinguishes someone as "other" What if we are the "other?" Can we live with tension in our relationships, accepting differing philosophies and even disagreeing, while still respecting human life and liberty? What are the qualities of mercy that might turn the tide of violence, in our culture and in our relationships? “I salute Elements Theatre Company for daring to have an exciting and a very important debate about such topics which are very much prevalent, even today. I was enthralled and enlightened by the whole event.” Hi! Drama (New York)

Panelists include:

December 6th:

Moderator: Jeff Robbins -Former United States Delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland
Danielle Dwyer, C.J. - Artistic Director, Elements Theatre Company
Rabbi Mark Elber - Temple Beth El, Fall River MA
Sidney Friedman, PhD - Boston University College of Fine Arts - Adjunct Professor in Theatre
Dr. Amarpreet Sawhney - President and CEO of Ocular Therapeutix, Inc.
G. Thomas Ryan, KHS - Liturgy Coordinator, St Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church, Nantucket MA
 

December 13th:

Moderator: Jeff Robbins - Former United States Delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland
Danielle Dwyer, C.J. - Artistic Director, Elements Theatre Company
Tina Packer - Founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Co. , Lenox MA
Lee Mikeska Gardner - Artistic Director of The Nora Theater Co.,  Cambridge MA
Robert O. Trestan - Anti-defamation League, New England Regional Director
Dr. Greg Sorensen - Former President and CEO of Siemens Healthcare North America

Read about the Jan - Feb 2015 Winter Tour