CrossTalk DC: Kick-off Forum

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2:00 pm
Folger Theatre and Reading Rooms

Engage in lively and thoughtful discussion about race and religion in response to short scenes from two plays. Caleen Jennings, playwright and American University theatre professor, leads this free kick-off forum at the Folger for CrossTalk DC. The forum will take place in the theater, with small group discussion and refreshments in the Folger's Reading Rooms. 

Sunday, May 15, 2-6pm

Register today for this free event.

UPDATE: Due to overwhelming interest, we are unable to accommodate new RSVPs at this time. New RSVPs are joining a growing wait list. Please join us for other CrossTalk DC events!

Forum participants will engage with these two plays:

  • The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s play of justice, prejudice and betrayal among Jews and Christians, probably written in 1596, and
  • District Merchants, a retelling of The Merchant of Venice set in post-Civil War DC, this world-premiere piece, commissioned by Folger Theatre, juxtaposes the experiences of two DC merchants: a newly emancipated Black man and an immigrant Jew.
CrossTalk DC is a community engagement initiative that will bring disparate publics together to think about race and religion thoughtfully and deeply, through the lens of literature and history. Learn more about CrossTalk DC and our partner organizations across the city.
This program is one part of a nation-wide initiative, Humanities in the Public Square, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and aimed at fostering meaningful dialogue in communities about the most pressing issues of the day.