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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

SELMA '65 Announces Post-Performance Discussions

There will be multiple post-performance discussions and Q&As around the  production of Catherine Filloux's SELMA '65 with various activists, artists, and scholars on the critical themes and events of the play.

The schedule of related events is as follows:

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 2:00pm Performance


Post-matinee performance panel with Gary May, the author of The Informant: The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo, and Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy. In Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent from the U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, where she argued that the law should be kept intact, Ginsburg cited May’s book.  Bill Moyers calls his book “masterful.”

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:30pm Performance


Post-performance Q & A with playwright Catherine Filloux, actress Marietta Hedges and director Eleanor Holdridge.

Sunday, September 28, 2:00pm Performance


Post-matinee performance panel with Reverend Richard Leonard, author of Call to Selma: Eighteen Days of Witness, and one of 300 who marched the entire Selma Voting March from Selma to Montgomery. He is Minister Emeritus, All Souls Unitarian Church, New York City.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 7:30pm Performance


Post-performance Q & A with Steven Carb√≥, 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, Center for Human Rights & Peace Studies, Professor of Anthropology, Lehman College & the Graduate Center City University of New York.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7:30pm Performance


A proud daughter of Detroit, Michigan, Kay Turner is an artist and folklorist who currently teaches courses on gender, oral narrative, and temporality theory in the Performance Studies Dept. at NYU. Among other books, she is the author of Beautiful Necessity: The Art and Meaning of Women’s Altars and Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms. For San Francisco’s National Queer Arts Festival 2014 Turner directed and starred in “When Gertrude Met Susan,” an imaginary meeting between Gertrude Stein and Susan Sontag she originally produced at Dixon Place in NYC. In 2013 Turner conceived, wrote music for, and hosted “Otherwise: Queer Scholarship into Song,” also at Dixon Place. Turner is currently at work on “Frau Trude: The Musical,” based on the Grimms’ tale about a witch and the girl who pursues her. She, actress Marietta Hedges, and playwright, Catherine Filloux, will discuss Kay growing up in Detroit, knowing Viola Liuzzo.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 7:30pm Performance

Post-performance panel with Eleanor J. Bader, who will interview the artists of SELMA ’65. Bader is a freelance journalist, who writes for Truthout, RHRealityCheck, Theasy, and other blogs and magazines.

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7:30pm Performance


Post-performance panel with Serena Solomon, a reporter/producer for DNAinfo. An Australian, Serena, started out as a social worker, working with homeless teenagers and moved to the East Coast to work with the New York Times on “The Local” and then local news website DNAinfo.

Serena will interview Vishal Agraharkar, Counsel for the Democracy Program at Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 2:00pm Performance (Closing Performance)
cynthia cohen

Post-matinee performance panel with Cynthia Cohen, Director of Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University, and David Cunningham, author of Klansville, U.S.A.: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era KKK. Cunningham is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, and the Chair of the Social Justice & Social Policy Program at Brandeis University. He will address the legacy of KKK violence, and organized vigilantism.  Cohen is co-editor of Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict. She is Chair of Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation and will speak about Peacebuilding and the Arts and its relationship to social justice. (Sponsored by Brandeis Minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation.)

La MaMa presents
A New Play by Catherine Filloux
Starring Marietta Hedges 
Director by Eleanor Holdridge

September 26, 2014 - October 12, 2014 

Thursday & Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 2 & 7:30pm
Sunday at 2pm 

First Floor Theatre @ La MaMa
74A East 4th Street
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

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