Actors Studio Will Present Series of Plays Discussing Theatre and Social Justice

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The Actors Studio will present The Theatre and Social Justice, a series of plays asking exactly what the role of theatre in the world is today. Performances will be followed by discussions led by experts.

The series begins with Rhapsody in Black, written and performed by Leland Gant and developed at the Actors Studio. The show will play Oct. 23 at 4 PM and 7:30 PM. The 7:30 PM post-show discussion will feature Princeton University social psychologist Stacey Sinclair discussing the transmission of racial bias.

Next in the series is Mud by Maria Irene Fornes. The show will play Nov. 5-7 and 12-14 at 7 PM. The discussion — with Ian Solomon (Nov. 7), former United States Executive Director of the World Bank, currently VP for global engagements at the University of Chicago; and Nick Kotz (Nov. 6), author of "Let Them Eat Promises: The Politics of Hunger in America" and "Judgment Days," about Martin Luther King and Lyndon Johnson — will shed a light on how the effects of poverty and illiteracy affect all of us.

Following is The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis. The show will play Jan. 7-9 and 14-16, 2016. The post-show discussion will be lead by Lucas Hnath, who wrote The Christians, and Guirgis. The discussion will be about the difficulties in writing, performing and getting plays about religion produced. They will also discuss why religion is such a big, unwieldy subject and how it is involved in the other issues in the series: racism, poverty and illiteracy.

Closing the series will be Community and Trust, four one-act plays reflecting how the idea of community has changed over the last two or three decades. The show will run May 5-7 and 12-14. These plays were specially written for the series by Sarah Shaefer, Jessica Dickey, Marco Calvani and Saviana Stanescu. Dan Talbott and Kirsten Kelly direct. Margo Jefferson, former New York Times critic and author of "Negroland," is expected to head the discussion.

The series is free to the public. Tickets can be reserved by emailing

The Actors Studio is located at 432 W. 44th St., New York.

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