The Open Forum is the first of Actors’ Gang Axis Mundi 2017 season, a series of speaking events, lectures, and documentaries intent on encouraging civic engagement and public dialogue.
The event is meant to engage the audience in an open dialogue about social justice issues and the dynamics and importance of public discourse in the current political landscape. Sister Helen and Tim Robbins will also share insights on their collaboration in developing the Academy Award winning film “Dead Man Walking” and the subsequent stage adaptation which over the past ten years has been performed in over 170 universities nationwide. Universities are given permission to perform the play only if two academic departments in addition to Theater Arts offer courses on the death penalty. Each performance of the play creates interdisciplinary forums in which students, faculty from different departments and guest lecturers discussed issues surrounding the death penalty.
All Actors’ Gang Axis Mundi evenings will be presented as “Pay What You Can Nights”, a platform developed with the purpose of making performances accessible to all, regardless of socio-economic status.