Virginia Stage Company’s engagement initiatives use theatre as a catalyst to foster public discourse. We believe that theatre is more than a play, place, or product - it is a living process that can expand thinking and offer fresh perspectives. Learning, critical thinking, and self-confidence all grow as we sit together in one space to contemplate our shared world. Acknowledging and embracing differences in identity is essential to a dynamic cultural conversation - and theatre has just the tools to do that.
Upcoming Community Events For Disgraced
LENTEN SUPPER SERIES: DISGRACED AT VIRGINIA STAGE
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 6:30-8:00pm | St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Presented in conjunction with St. Andrew’s and Christ and St. Luke’s
Join Producing Artistic Director of Virginia Stage, Tom Quaintance, Disgraced Director, Khanisha Foster, and actors from the cast during the the Lenten Supper series as they talk about the show, the issues, and the impact of the art on community discourse.
DISTURBING DISGRACED: DISCUSSING RACE, RELIGION, AND OTHER TENSE ISSUES IN A POST-MLK WORLD
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Brown-Bag Lunch - 12-12:50pm
The Wells Theatre
Presented by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan University
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 is also the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a day for reflecting on his legacy and unfinished business.
In anticipation of Disgraced's run at the Wells Theatre (April 4 -22), please join Barbara Hamm Lee, host of Another View radio program, and Dr. Craig Wansink in the Wells Theatre lobby, for a brown bag discussion. Bring your lunch and join us as we highlight key issues raised by the play: How do we as Americans become more aware of deep tensions and fundamental differences, how do we recognize the ways religion and race shape us, and how do we develop the skills to have more productive conversations with others?
TALK BACK PANEL DISCUSSIONS
April 8 and April 15
The Wells Theatre
Immediately following the 2pm Sunday matinee performances of Disgraced are Talk Back Panel Discussions.
April 8th Panelists include:
Honorable Roxie Holder, District Court Judge for the 3rd Judicial District in Virginia, and Ruling Elder, Presbyterian Church (USA)
Rabbi Michael Panitz, Temple Israel in Norfolk
Dr. Tahani Amer, Senior Technologist at NASA Headquarters, and active member of the Peninsula Islamic Community Center and the Mosque and Islamic Center of Hampton Roads
Dr. Mourad Amer, Engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding, and active member of the Peninsula Islamic Community Center and the Mosque and Islamic Center of Hampton Roads
April 15th Panelists: TBA
FACILITATED SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS
April 13, 14, 20 and 21
The Wells Theatre
If you are more interested in Facilitated Small Group Discussions, please note that on Friday and Saturday evenings, immediately following the 7:30pm shows, trained facilitators lead small groups in discussion about important issues raised in the play.
BEEN UP TO:
The program comes from Virginia Stage Company’s Education and Community Engagement Department’s Theatre for Everyone initiative to provide a theatre experience for individuals of all abilities. This educational and arte-therapeutic method integrates black lights, music, puppetry, and storytelling techniques.
Since its most important devices are visual, underscored with music, most audiences, of any age can understand Black Light Puppet Theatre performances. The intended result is a theatrical work that combines grand spectacle with beautiful and moving art; all performed by highly functioning adults with individual abilities, who will be guided and assisted by trained artistic staff and personnel.
Virginia Stage Company strives to promote diversity in the arts by creating opportunities that are inclusive for both performers and audience members. As a part of the Theatre for Everyone initiative, Black Light Puppet Theatre targets people across the spectrum of ability, giving them an opportunity to learn the art of performance and accomplishment. Our goals include teaching, guiding, and reinforcing skills such as creative expression and interpersonal skills, as well as gaining a sense of confidence through the rehearsal and performance process.
For more information please contact us!