Second Look Series

During the second weekend of each production, Brandeis Theater Company invites you to attend our Second Look Series, a post-play discussion designed to bring you closer to one or more aspects of the play and give you the chance to meet the creators of the show.

Via Dolorosa

As part of the Brandeis Theater Company’s Second Look Series, there will be post-show discussions following most of the performances of the Via Dolorosa, featuring actor Jonathan Epstein and various scholars from the university. 

Thursday, September 14

Immediately following the 8 p.m. performance
Post-show discussion with Jonathan Epstein and Cynthia Cohen, Executive Director and director of coexistence research and international collaborations for the Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence

Cynthia Cohen manages the development of research and action partnerships with coexistence organizations around the world and the involvement of Brandeis students and faculty in those partnerships. She also teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Cohen was the founding director of the Oral History Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has facilitated coexistence efforts involving participants from the Middle East, the United States, Central America, and Sri Lanka. She holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of New Hampshire, and a master's in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the director of the international fellowship program "Recasting Reconciliation Through Culture and the Arts." Cohen is the author of Working with Integrity: A Guidebook for Peacebuilders Asking Ethical Questions. She writes on the ethical and aesthetic dimensions of reconciliation and has published related chapters and articles in conflict resolution, women's studies, and education.

Friday, September 16
Immediately following the 8 p.m.
Post-show discussion with Jonathan Epstein and Ryan McKittrick Lecturer in Theater Arts,Theater Literature, Theater and History, Playwriting

Mr. McKittrick received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theatre/ Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. As part of his graduate coursework, he studied in Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre School. He is the Associate Dramaturg at the American Repertory Theatre and a theatre critic for The Boston Globe. His articles have also appeared in The Boston Phoenix, A.R.T. News, and Correspondence. Mr. McKittrick is a recipient of the TCG Mentorship Grant and the NTC Scholarship Award. His co-translations for the stage include Anton Chekhov's Lady with a Lapdog and Rezo Gabriadze's Forbidden Christmas.

Saturday, September 16

Immediately following the 2 p.m. performance
Post-show discussion with Jonathan Epstein and Daniel Terris, director of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and Imad Abu Keshik, Al-Quds University, Palestine

Mr. Terris has been at Brandeis University since 1992. Programs initiated under his leadership at the Center and as assistant provost at Brandeis have included: the Slifka Program on Intercommunal Coexistence, the Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ), the Brandeis International Fellowships, Community Histories by Youth in the Middle East (CHYME), the Ethics Center Student Fellowships (formerly the Ethics and Coexistence Student Fellowships), Brandeis in the Berkshires, Genesis at Brandeis University, and the University's continuing studies division. He has offered courses on individualism, poverty, American literature, and the roots and causes of September 11. He also teaches in the Brandeis Seminars in Humanities and the Professions, which uses literary texts to engage professionals in discussions on professional values and ethics. Terris received his  Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from Harvard University, and he has written on 20th century history, literature, and religion. He recently published Ethics at Work: Creating Virtue in an American Corporation and The International Judge: Challenges and Opportunities in an Emerging Global System.Imad Abu Kishek serves as assistant to the president for administrative and financial affairs at Al-Quds University, the Palestinian university with campuses in Abu Dis, Ramallah, and Jerusalem.  He is spending the 2006-2007 academic year at Brandeis, meeting with senior administration officials and creating a strategic operating plan for Al-Quds.  His work is part of a multi-dimensional partnership between Brandeis University and Al-Quds University.  Mr. Abu Kishek has also been a leading organizer in the Palestinian community for the Nusseibeh-Ayalon peace initiative.

Saturday, September 16
Immediately following the 8 p.m.
Post-show discussion with Jonathan Epstein and Eric Hill, chair department of theater arts and artistic director, Brandeis Theater Company

Eric Hill comes to Brandeis with exceptional national directing credits and experience as an educator and administrative leader. He occupies a newly endowed chair donated by Barbara Sherman '54 and Malcolm L. Sherman. Most recently, Mr. Hill served as director of performance studies, associate artistic director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre, and professor of dramatic arts in acting at University of Connecticut. His method of teaching is based largely on his close association and training with Japanese master acting teacher Tadashi Suzuki. As a professor of dramatic arts in acting, he supervised instruction of UConn's bachelor of fine arts acting program. In addition to his academic responsibilities, he served as Associate Artistic Director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre. <>Mr. Hill's professional career began at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre where he was a resident actor and director for five seasons. In New England, he has directed many productions at the Berkshire Theatre Festival including Siddartha, Peter Pan, A Dream Play, and My Fair Lady. For six years he served as Artistic Director of StageWest in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Bethany College and received an M.F.A. in Acting from Temple University.

The Waiting Room
Thursday, October 19
Immediately following the
8 p.m. performance

Ingrid Schorr, Program Administrator, Office of the Arts will moderate a discussion with assistant professor of anthropology Ellen Schattschneider (who regularly offers the popular class Anthropology of the Body) and Carol Prost, a clinical psychologist who specializes in body image and trauma.  The cast will join the speakers and you will have a chance to meet them and ask questions.

Gallery Talk on Clare Rojas: Hope Springs Eternal
Rose Art Museum
4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 21 (immediately following the 2 p.m. performance)
1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22 (preceding the 2 p.m. performance)

Explore the world and work of Clare Rojas as she redefines depictions of the female body. Rose staff members will offer a guided tour of the exhibition.  Admission to the museum is free for ticket-holders to the 10/21, 2 p.m. performance and the 10/22 2 p.m. performance.

About Clare Rojas:

Her work is influenced by American folk art, particularly by the history, material, and aesthetics of quilts. Her paintings usually include themes surrounding women and animals in stylized landscapes. In her imaginary pieces, the artist uniquely interprets the relationship between men and women, humans and animals, and humans and nature. Women of all ages and colors in simple patterned dresses are commonly found in Rojas’s work. The smiling, strong and confident women interact with other women, little girls, men, animals and nature. On the other hand, men with slumping soft bodies are often depicted naked in simple, flowing lines and in poses normally assumed by women in fashion magazines. These images reverse imposed sexual roles and the objectivation of female bodies in art and the media.

The Physician of His Honor
Thursday, November 16
Immediately following the 8 p.m. performance

Professor of Spanish, Comparative Literature and Women’s Studies at Brandeis University Dian Fox, whose translation and adaptation of The Physician of His Honor is being performed, will be joined by co-director and chair of the theater arts department Eric Hill for a discussion immediately following the 8 p.m. performance on the Spingold Mainstage.

Balm in Gilead
Friday, February 16
Immediately following the 8 p.m. performance

Arthur Holmberg, Associate Professor of Theatre History will lead a discussion about the history and context of the play and playwright Lanford Wilson.  Joining Prof. Holmberg for the discussion will be director (and Acting faculty member) Liz Terry; the actors will participate as well.

More information about Arthur Holmberg

Mr. Holmberg recently headed the graduate program in dramaturgy and criticism at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, where he currently serves as Literary Director. His books include The Theatre of Robert Wilson (Cambridge University Press), and The Lively ART. He served as United States editor for The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre (Routledge). For over ten years his theater criticism has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, American Theatre and Opera News. He has also contributed to such academic journals as Comparative Literature, The French Review, The Hispanic Review, Theatre Journal, Shakespeare Quarterly, Performing Arts Journal, The Eugene O’Neill Review, and Cahiers Francois Mauriac. He is currently writing on David Mamet’s theatre and films for Cambridge University Press. His most recent teaching position was at Dartmouth College; he has also taught at Harvard University, M.I.T., and the New England Conservatory of Music. He received his B.A. from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Mr. Holmberg recently dramaturged a production of Heiner Muller’s Quartet at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The Dream Project
Saturday, April 28
Immediately following the
8 p.m. performance

Director and creator Jon Lipsky will talk about the unique and personal process of bringing the actors' dreams to the stage.  Mr. Lipsky has spent the last year working with the actors to create the script and dramatizing the material; hear how he was able to work with the actors to create this memorable production.