Taking place during the closing weekend of the Woolly Mammoth production of internationally celebrated Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón's Kiss, a play about the conflict in Syria, this symposium explored the relationship between theater, political activism, and global politics through an in-depth panel discussion, a film screening, and an excerpt from Calderón's play Neva.
Panelists included Kyoung Park, artistic director, Kyoung's Pacific Beat (USA/Chile), Yury Urnov, director of Kiss (USA/Russia), Kate Seelye, senior vice president of the Middle East Institute, with special remarks from Azar Nafisi, the critically acclaimed author of NY Times Bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran, Things I've Been Silent About, and The Republic of Imagination. The discussion was moderated by Derek Goldman, professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University and co-founding director of the Laboratory for Global Performance.
The program wass presented by The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and the Global Theater Initiative in association with the Middle East Institute's Arts and Cultural Program.
Artistic Director, Kyoung’s Pacific Beat;
Senior Vice President, the Middle East Institute
Author; Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies