BUILDING THE WALL – Reading & Discussion
“Step by step, Schenkkan gets us to see the way the collapse of institutions leads to the collapse of morality and the rule of law. Building the Wall conjures what appears to be a worst-case scenario, though who would dare presume to know what the worst-case scenario even is anymore?” -Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times
As a response to the violent and inhumane separation of children from their parents at the US-Mexico border, the Dramatists Guild of America will host a reading of Building the Wall on Tuesday, June 26th at 6:00 p.m. in the Dramatists Guild’s Mary Rodgers room. This reading will allow us to bring together artists and immigrant policy practitioners to discuss a new path of action moving forward.
The Dramatists Guild and KIND (Kids In Need of Defense) have joined with Robert Schenkkan for a reading of his play Building the Wall. Immediately following the reading, Robert and KIND’s Wendy Wylegala will discuss the play’s impact and message in terms of our current political climate.
Ari Edelson (Director) is the founder and Artistic Director of The Orchard Project, the accelerator responsible for developing over 200 productions in the last ten years. Selected directing credits: Building the Wall (New World Stages), Little Black Dress (Boston Playwrights, NYC), Mauritius (Dorset), The Scariest (45 Bleecker), Vengeance (Cherry Lane), Expats (New Group), The Attic (Play Company), The Atheist (Theatre 503, London), Blood Wedding, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Theatre Project, Tokyo), True West and Tape (Tokyo Globe), Rape of Lucretia (ENO).
Yvette Ganier is an Obie award-winning actor based in New York City. Broadway: The Miracle Worker, King Hedley II; London: Jitney; Off-Broadway/NY: The Block, Pitbulls, Breath Boom, Jitney, For Colored Girls; Regional: Park Square Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, The Wilma, The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Mark Taper Forum, Baltimore CenterStage. Currently, Yvette is starring in NBC’s new Fall 2018 series, New Amsterdam. Yvette is absolutely dedicated to being a part of a creative movement as a response against the current U.S. policy of separating children from their parents. #resist
Alfredo Narciso was recently seen on Broadway in Roundabout’s revival of Time and the Conways (dir. Rebecca Taichmann). Prior to that, he appeared in Nia Vardalos’ stage adaptation of Tiny Beautiful Things (dir. Thomas Kail) at the Public Theater. Other recent theater credits include The Way West (LAByrinth), Elevada (Yale Rep), Good Mother (New Group), and Red Dog Howls (New York Theatre Workshop). Recent film & TV credits include The Dark Tower, Demolition, Jacqueline Argentine, Like Sunday, Like Rain, “Law and Order :SVU,” “Jessica Jones,” “Homeland,” Elementary,” and “House of Cards.” For more info, please visit www.alfredonarciso.com.
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