Sunlight is the best disinfectant

In our freshman year, when we first heard the story of Nga Truong’s forced confession, we immediately felt the need to turn it into a documentary play. As seniors, we are presenting it in the 2015 Festival of the Creative Arts. We used only Nga’s own words, and the words of those involved in her case. This is the second documentary play we have written. The first, “When Rebellion Becomes Revolution,” a play about Vietnam activism at Brandeis, was presented as part of the 2013 ‘DEIS Impact Festival. We hope that "Coerced" will bring a greater awareness of the issue of forced confessions, and justice to Nga Truong.

--Julian Seltzer '15 and Amanda Jane Stern '15, co-authors and co-directors, "Coerced: A Documentary Play"

Thursday, April 23

I want you to hum. I want you to sing. I want you to find deep down what the darkness brings.

—Rohan Narayanan '15

Time 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and 4 - 6 p.m.
Location Women’s Studies Research Center
Description In this session, photographer Lora Brody invites all Brandeis women over the age of 65 to sit for a portrait. With the subject’s permission, the portrait will become part of an online portfolio and be exhibited in the fall at the WSRC. From 4 to 6 p.m, Brody will present a slide talk on The Reunion Project and facilitate an intergenerational discussion about life choices, identity and decisions. If you would like to sit for a portrait, please bring a photo of yourself as a teenager.  

Time 12:30 p.m.
Location Women's Studies Research Center
Description What can we learn from neuroscience about creativity? Panelists: Suzanne Hanser, WSRC Resident Scholar and chair, Music Therapy Department, Berklee College of Music; Cheri Geckler, WSRC Resident Scholar, clinical neuropsychologist and mixed-media artist; Johanna Adams, GRAD (neuroscience) and artist; Samuel Adams, Ph.D. candidate, University of Southern California, art history. Moderated by Rosie Rosenzweig, WSRC Resident Scholar.
Time 5:35 p.m.
Location Goldman-Schwartz Art Studios, Room 115
Glenn Kaino (b. 1972) makes large-scale interdisciplinary work that brings about deep reflection among spectators. He transforms conventional materials and forms through a process of working that mobilizes the languages, logics, and economies of other creative disciplines as raw elements in artistic production. Kaino has been involved in major music, television, and digital media projects and has created various experimental platforms for the production and dissemination of contemporary art. He was the Chief Creative Officer of Napster and created the first online record label for Universal Music Group. Kaino cofounded Favela, the first online destination for critical art discourse, and Deep River, an artist-run gallery in Los Angeles that was active through 2002, staging solo shows with some of the most important emerging artists in the city. Kaino is cofounder of The Mistake Room, an itinerant platform for exhibitions, publications, and situation-specific artist projects. He is represented by Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago.
Kaino's "The Burning Boards," a chess match for 32 players, played with burning candles, will be performed at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 24 outside the Rose Art Museum. This is the fourth performance ever of the piece, the first outdoor performance, and the first at a university. 
Presented by the Office of the Arts and the Rose Art Museum. Made possible by the Poses Fund.
Time 6:45 - 10 p.m.
Location Schwartz 112
Description A movie about family, loss, secrets, letting go, and starting anew. Estranged siblings travel from New York City to rural Pennsylvania to pack up the home of their recently deceased mother, where they make a discovery that turns their world upside down. Directed by J.P. Chan. Presented by the Brandeis Asian American Students Association and the Southeast Asian Club.

Time 7 p.m.
Location Slosberg Music Center
Description Experience the irresistible rhythms of Ghana, performed by students under the direction of Ben Paulding.

Time 7 p.m.
Location Ridgewood South Commons
Description Brandeis’ fun, female, folk and folk/pop a cappella group celebrates its tenth birthday with a concert.

Time 7 p.m. (also Sunday, 2 p.m.)
Location Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center
Description Jean-Paul Sartre’s one-act play places three people in a circular hotel room. Their manipulations of each other and their acute self-questioning reveal that there is no escape for the hell they have made for themselves. Featuring Barbara Rugg '15. Part of the Senior Festival of Plays.

Time 7 p.m.
Location The Stein, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Description You know you feel pretty, and witty, and gay! Sing along with Leonard Bernstein's exhilarating score to "West Side Story," or just enjoy the Oscar winning film. 

poetic enLIGHTenment
Time 8 p.m.
Location Chomondeley's Coffee House, Usen Castle
Description Peace and social equality are attainable if we stand up for them. Brandeis' poetry and spoken word community gathers with one common vision: eradicate inaction. Rohan Narayanan '15, producer.

Time 9 p.m. (also Sunday, 4 p.m.)
Location Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center
Description The true story of 16-year-old Nga Truong, whose illegal interrogation led to  imprisonment for killing her infant son, and of the national outrage the story brought to the Worcester, Massachusetts, police department. Written and directed by Amanda Jane Stern '15 and Julian Seltzer '15. Part of the Senior Festival of Plays.