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ATHE Conference 2018 Kick-Off Event
Performance—History Matters/Back to the Future
An Evening of Scenes from Women’s Plays of the Past
Wednesday, August 1 | 8:30 PM–9:15 PM | Grand Ballroom

History Matters/Back to the Future presents an evening of scenes from women’s plays of the past, performed by renowned actors of stage and film. Throughout history, women-identifying playwrights have positioned themselves and their plays bravely at the precipice of political and social change. Join us in celebration of the revolutionary women who paved the way for the resistance as we know it, as we enjoy excerpts from their most compelling works.

History Matters/Back to the Future is a national nonprofit organization that promotes the study and production of women’s plays of the past (defined as including all plays by women-identifying playwrights prior to 1965) in colleges, universities, and theatres throughout the country and encourages responses to those plays from contemporary playwrights. Programming includes the One Play At A Time Initiative, The $2500 Annual Judith Barlow Prize for a one-act student play inspired by a historic women playwright, and now, the Sallie Bingham Grant to fund student-directed productions and readings of historic women’s plays. Find more information about these programs and a library of historic plays by women and curated acting scenes on the organization’s website: ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬.‬


Film screening—Between You and Me—Third Rail Projects
Wednesday August 1 | 10:00 PM | Grand Ballroom

Between Yourself and Me looks at the phenomenon of immersive theatre by zooming in on one of the form’s top innovators. The film explores the world of Third Rail Projects, the critically acclaimed company behind the long-running immersive theater hit Then She Fell, and the creative process of its artistic directors Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett. Including never-before-seen material from the company’s award-winning performances, screen adaptations of Then She Fell and Roadside Attraction, and interviews with experts in the field, Between Yourself and Me situates Third Rail Projects within this unique cultural moment and offers audiences a glimpse into the flourishing, intimate world of experiential performance.


Sister Sylvester—The Fall: A Lecture Performance
Friday, August 3 | 8:30 PM–10:00 PM | Grand Ballroom

Several years ago, director Kathryn Karaoglu Hamilton became obsessed with an apocryphal story: that British director Peter Whitehead’s seldom-seen 1968 film The Fall had inspired the 1974 student occupations in Athens that led to the collapse of the Greek junta. In The Fall: A Performance Lecture, Sister Sylvester follow the trail of the film from New York to Athens to Tehran. Using interviews with leaders of the Columbia University Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) occupation and with Whitehead himself, Sister Sylvester questions the potential for art to effect social change.
A half-century after the events of 1968—in a current moment where protest, student action, and socially engaged art are once again at the forefront of national consciousness—this lecture-performance raises timely questions about the potential, and limitations, for art to inspire change.

Performed by Kelsea Martin, Cyrus Moshrefi, and Kathryn Karaoglu Hamilton.
Original sound designed by Jeremy Toussaint-Baptise.
Originally devised by Cyrus Moshrefi, Jeremy M. Barker, Kathryn Karaoglu Hamilton, and Kelsea Martin.

Following the performance, there will be a conversation with the artists, moderated by Andrew Kircher, director of the Public Theater’s Devised Theater Initiative.

This event is made possible with the support of the Public Theater, in partnership with Brooklyn College. 

*Please also see our Excursions/Performances Series for more live performances at the conference. 

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