The Lab and Shakespeare Theatre Company presented a symposium that explored how the creation and sharing of art is inherently political. Drawing inspiration from STC’s Feb. 2018 programming, this symposium examined Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Heather Raffo’s Noura, and placed them in the framework of contemporary global theater.
The event opened with a short framing lecture from Lab Co-Director Derek Goldman that drew from his extensive experience working at the intersection of theater and politics, and examined how content, context, and form affect a work’s political impact.
“We live in a time in which we are surrounded by fictions that would keep us from the basic truths at the heart of theater — fictions that would render some of us less human than others, fictions that divide us into competing tribes, that erect walls. From refugee camps halfway across the world to a world-class stage like Shakespeare Theatre Company, our art form has at its core something ancient, and profound — a place to truly see one another, in our full humanity, across our differences.” -Derek Goldman
The event also featured:
Lab Think Tank member Heather Raffo, playwright and actor, Noura, Nine Parts of Desire
Robert Joy, actor, Polonius in Hamlet
Soraya Nadia McDonald, cultural critic ESPN’s The Undefeated
Lab Think Tank member Azar Nafisi, author, Reading Lolita in Tehran
Nikkole Salter, actor and playwright, Lady Macbeth at STC, In The Continuum
Dr. Isaiah M. Wooden, Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at American University
Lab Campus Cohort member Maya Roth, Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Georgetown University
With moderators Campus Cohort member Professor Soyica Colbert and Hannah Hessel Ratner, STC’s Audience Enrichment Manager