East 13th Street Theatre, home of Classic Stage Company — Panel Discussion

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FEBRUARY 9 — 7:00 PM

Staged Reading and Panel Discussion at East 13th Street Theatre, home of Classic Stage Company, New York, NY

Panelists Include:


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Rabbi Brad Hirschfield

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
President of CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

Listed for many years in Newsweek as one of America’s “50 Most Influential Rabbis,” and recognized as one of our nation’s leading “Preachers & Teachers,” by Beliefnet.com, Fox News regular contributor, Washington Post blogger, Odyssey Network’s “Faith on the Record” video blogger, and think tank President Brad Hirschfield is the author of You Don’t Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism (Harmony, 2008). He also conceived and hosted two groundbreaking series for Bridges TV—American Muslim TV Network, Building Bridges: Abrahamic Perspectives on the World Today (three seasons), and American Pilgrimage. He is also the Co-founder and Executive Editor of The Wisdom Daily, which can be found at www.thewisdomdaily.com.

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David Kastan

David Kastan
George M. Bodman Professor of English, Yale University
General Editor, The Arden Shakespeare

David Scott Kastan is the George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University. Among his books are A Will To Believe: Shakespeare and Religion (2014), Shakespeare and the Book (2001), Shakespeare after Theory (1999), and Shakespeare and the Shapes of Time (1982). He has produced important scholarly editions of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part One, Milton’s Paradise Lost, and Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus; and he edited the five-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (2006). He currently serves as one of the general editors of the Arden Shakespeare.

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Fr Matt Malone

Fr. Matt Malone, S.J.
President and Editor in Chief
America Media

Father Matt Malone, S.J., is the 14th and youngest editor in chief of America magazine. He entered the Society of Jesus in 2002 and was ordained a priest in 2012. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and holds a M.A. from Fordham University; a Bachelor of Divinity from The University of London, and a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology from the Catholic University of Louvain.

Prior to joining the Jesuits, Matt served as the founding deputy director of MassINC, an independent political think tank, and co-publisher of an award-winning review of politics, ideas and civic life. His writing has appeared in numerous national and international publications and his work and ideas have been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post among others.

Father Malone is a member of the pastoral teams at the Parish of Saints John and Paul in Larchmont, N.Y., the Church of Saint Francis Xavier in Manhattan and the Cathedral of Saint Patrick.

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John Douglas Thompson
Obie Award-winning actor (Othello, Tamburlaine, The Emperor Jones)

John Douglas Thompson has appeared on Broadway in A Time To Kill, Cyrano de Bergerac and Julius Caesar. His off-Broadway credits include Tamburlaine at Theater for a New Audience; Satchmo at the Waldorf (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award) at the Westside Theater; King Lear at the Public Theater; Macbeth (title role), Oroonoko and Othello(OBIE Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Joe A. Callaway Award and Drama League Award nomination) at Theatre for a New Audience; The Forest at Classic Stage Company; The Emperor Jones at The Irish Repertory Theatre (Joe A. Callaway Award and Lucille Lortel, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations); Women Beware Women at Red Bull Theater and Hedda Gabler at New York Theatre Workshop. Regional credits include Antony and Cleopatra at Hartford Stage; the title role in Richard III at Shakespeare & Company; Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train at The Wilma Theater (Barrymore Award) and productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Stage and Film, Trinity Repertory Company, American Repertory Theater and Yale Repertory Theatre. His television and film credits include Madame Secretary; All My Children; One Life to Live; Law & OrderLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit; Conviction; Bourne Legacy; Michael Clayton; Midway and Malcolm X. John is a Fox Fellowship and Robert Brustein Award recipient.

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Danielle Dwyer, C.J.
Artistic Director, Elements Theatre Company

A founding member of Elements Theatre Company, Sr. Danielle Dwyer has either directed or performed in nearly seventy productions since the company’s inception. Classically trained but also skilled in contemporary drama, Sr. Danielle earned her Master of Arts Degree from England’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of London. She also studied voice, acting, and writing with Joanna Weir at Central School of Speech and Drama (London, England); David Male of Cambridge University (Cambridge, England); and Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA); and studied Shakespeare at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City. Sr. Danielle’s directorial experience ranges from the timeless humanity of Shakespeare (Julius Caesar) and Chekhov (The Cherry Orchard) to the biting comedy of Oscar Wilde (Lady Windermere’s Fan) and Yasmina Reza (God of Carnage). The Barnstable Patriot recently noted,

“Under the able-handed direction of Sr. Danielle Dwyer this Julius Caesar soars with sight and sound. Dwyer is able to combine the intimacy of the columned setting, the sound of the slap of the sandals on the stone floor, the dance of burning torches, the rich acting and the beautifully composed music…into not just a play for the audience to view but more like the transport of actually being there.”

As an actress, Sr. Danielle has received comparable critical acclaim. Recent roles include Julius Caesar, Calpurnia; God of Carnage, Annette Raleigh; Pillars of the Community, Lona Hessel; Twelfth Night, Malvolio; The Cherry Orchard, Ranevskaya; Lady Windermere’s Fan, Mrs. Erlynne; The Lion in Winter, Eleanor; Doctor Faustus, Mephistopheles; Richard III, Queen Elizabeth; Everyman, Everyman; and Lettice and Lovage, Lettice Douffet. Sr. Danielle is also the author of several performance pieces, including short stories and plays, video scripts, poetic monologues, and narratives for worship and meditation.

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Jeff Robbins

Jeff Robbins
Former United States Delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission

In 1999 and then again in 2000, Jeff was appointed United States Delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland. From 2001 to 2004 he served as President of the World Affairs Council of Boston, later called WorldBoston.

In 2010, Jeff received the American Jewish Committee’s Human Rights Award, and from 2012 to 2014 he served as Chairman of the New England Board of the Anti-Defamation League.

In 1997, Jeff was appointed Deputy Chief Counsel for the Minority of the US Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Special Investigation into campaign fundraising practices, in which capacity he represented the Democratic senators in connection with the full Committee’s investigation into fundraising during the 1996 presidential election. He also served as Chief Counsel for the Minority of the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, representing the Ranking Member and the Democratic senators in connection with the Subcommittee’s investigations into areas that included Medicare fraud and governmental waste and abuse.

Between 1987 and 1990, Jeff served as an Assistant US Attorney in the District of Massachusetts, focusing on civil fraud investigations and litigation against governmental contractors, physicians, and pharmacies. In 1989, he was appointed as the first Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Division of the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, in which capacity he oversaw investigations and asset forfeiture cases involving narcotics and money laundering rings. He received commendations from the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the General Services Administration.

Jeff specializes in complex civil litigation, including litigation involving allegations of fraud, First Amendment issues, and claims of defamation.

He has represented a number of parties in connection with Congressional investigations, and has been appointed as Special Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, representing the former Secretary of State of the Commonwealth in connection with Congressional redistricting and public records litigation.

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