About this Event
(rescheduled from November 17)
Join us for a conversation with on a new anthology that explores power of performance to enhance empathy for those disproportionately affected by war - refugees, women and children- and increase understanding of marginalized histories.
Annika C. Speer (Theatre, Film and Digital Production) and Begoña Echeverria (Education) discuss their partnership in staging Picasso Presents, a fictionalized historical play by Echeverria based on Hitler’s bombing of Gernika and the tragedy’s lasting ramifications for civilians.
Reza Aslan (Creative Writing) elucidates why the centralized model of government and Afghan identity that Western powers tried to enforce in Afghanistan was destined to fail because it is unsuited to this nation’s history and culture.
Moderated by anthology editor Lauri Scheyer (English, Hunan Normal University)
From the book description:
"This collection discusses over 30 international plays and case studies from different time periods, all set in a backdrop of war. The four sections document British and American perspectives on theatres of war, global perspectives on theatres of war, perspectives on Black Watch and, finally, perspectives on The Great Game: Afghanistan. Through this, a range of international scholars from different disciplines imaginatively rethink theatre's unique ability to mediate the impacts and experiences of war."
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