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In Conversation Series

Dig into the themes of our plays with fascinating discussions featuring Lantern artists, esteemed scholars, and other special guests.

Wild(e) Modern Celebrities
Monday, February 1, 2016 at 7PM
Followed by a wine & dessert reception

An in-depth look at Oscar Wilde's cultivation of himself as a world celebrity and how we craft public personas in today's society. Panelists include culture, style, and celebrity blog icons Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez of Tom & Lorenzo; Dr. Marylu Hill, Director, Villanova Center for Liberal Education and the Graduate Program in Liberal Studies; and Charles McMahon, Lantern Artistic Director and author of Oscar Wilde: From the Depths.

Rosalind's Escape and Why We Should Unplug
Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7PM
Followed by a wine & dessert reception

Exploring the positive effects of Rosalind's exile in As You Like It, we consider how – in the constantly plugged-in culture of the 21st century – we never have the chance to find ourselves. Panelists include Mary Bly, Shakespeare scholar and tenured professor at Fordham University, plus a social media expert to be announced.

Art-World Movers and Shakers
Monday, June 20, 2016 at 7PM
Followed by a wine & dessert reception

An examination of works of Asian art specific to 36 Views, the ethics of trading foreign works, and an insider's perspective on the secrets and surprises in the buying and selling of art. Panelists to be announced.


Storytelling and the Jewish Diaspora
Monday, October 5, 2015 at 7PM
Followed by a wine & dessert reception

Panelist photos We'll use the stories of Photograph 51 and Underneath the Lintel to explore how Jewish characters face the challenges of planting roots.

Our panel includes (pictured at right):

  • Dave Heller, Moderator
    Dave Heller is host of SkyTalk and NewsWorks Tonight on WHYY 90.9-FM.

  • Josh Perelman, Panelist
    Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the National Museum of American Jewish History, where he oversees the Museum's core exhibition, special exhibitions, and artifact collection. Dr. Perelman has a joint PhD in Jewish Studies and American History as well as 20 years of experience in museums and non-profit exhibitions.

  • Glen Berger, Panelist
    Playwright of Underneath the Lintel, which played over 450 performances Off-Broadway, has seen over 200 productions in the U.S. and worldwide, has received several Best Play awards, and will return to the Lantern beginning November 5. Berger is also known for his Emmy-winning writing for children's television, award-winning and commissioned work with theaters across the country, and for co-writing the book for the musical adaptation of Spider-Man, directed by Julie Taymor with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge of U2. Following our event, Berger will sign copies of his memoir of the much publicized process, Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History.

  • Kathryn MacMillan, Panelist
    As Associate Artistic Director of Lantern Theater Company, Kathryn has helmed over a dozen Lantern productions. During the 2015/16 season she will direct both Photograph 51 and Underneath the Lintel.

Pictured: Sam Henderson and David Bardeen in New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656 (2011). Photo: Mark Garvin.
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Header Photo: Geoff Sobelle in Hamlet (2009), David Ingram and Luigi Sottile in The Government Inspector (2008), Forrest McClendon and Lawrence Stallings in Sizwe Bansi Is Dead (2009), and Kristyn Chouiniere and Paul L. Nolan in The Hothouse (2008). Photos by Jeffrey Stockbridge.

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