Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Arts Circle Presents: Ayad Akhtar and Kimberly Senior In Conversation

Please join us for Ayad Akhtar & Kimberly Senior in conversation on Monday, November 7 at 7:00PM in the Josephine Louis Theater. The exciting event is co-presented by Arts Circle, Department of Theatre, Global Humanities Initiative, the Wirtz Center, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

The informative evening is Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ayad Akhtar in conversation with Jeff-award winning director Kimberly Senior. Akhtar's new play JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt takes us back to the hotbed of the ‘80s and offers an origin story for the world that finance has given us. The talk will be illustrated with scenes from the play, performed by theatre students and directed by Kimberly Senior. They will discuss the issues in this work and refer to their collaboration on the Pulitzer Prize winning play Disgraced, looking at people’s indebtedness to their family histories and inherited identities and the pull between countries of origin and countries of citizenship.

Ayad Akhtar is a novelist, playwright, actor and screen writer whose work addresses the identity politics of belonging and acceptance.

Kimberly Senior is the recipient of the 2016 Special Jeff Award for her Chicago career achievements as a trail blazer, champion, and role model for emerging artists. In addition to her stellar directing career, Kimberly has won recognition for her work in theatre education programs and work with young adults.

Free and open to the public
Seating is limited.

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