With panelists Valerie Plame Wilson, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez, Ron Suskind, Jeremy Scahill, Rose Styron, Vince WarrenDr. Allen Keller. Participation from James Spader, Liev Schreiber, Julianna Margulies, Mariska Hargitay, Matt DillonSister Dianna Ortiz
Igniting an unprecedented sense of hope and possibility, the election of Barack Obama served to position American resolve and commitment as never before. Spurred by the one-year anniversary of the President's pronouncement to close Guantánamo, and the fates of nearly 200 detainees still hanging in the balance, Culture Project presented the second installment of its groundbreaking Blueprint for Accountability series to engage the public in constructing a "blueprint" for a more just and democratic future.
In A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick, an African preacher-in-training, Abebe, arrives in a drought-stricken American town intending to further his studies in religion and water conservation. Hosted by a mother and daughter haunted by tragedy, he takes an interest in a young orphan starved for guidance. In the end, Abebe must prepare to battle the personal and political forces threatening the ecology of his new home.
“Never again, Bea… Never again to kill the love in our hearts as if dying in God’s Will.”
Imagining Heschel is a concert reading exploring the private conversations between Cardinal Augustin Bea and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel from 1962–1973, when Heschel was asked to aid the Vatican Council in formally exonerating the Jews for the death of Christ – a crucial repudiation of anti-Semitism.
The Citizens Band’s newest production “The Past is a Foreign Country,” was a cabaret show tackling the topic of displaced people and refugee support, was presented by Culture Project and Press Here in partnership with USA for UNCHR.
Culture Project's "Blueprint for Accountability" series continues with TORTURED LAW, an extraordinary night of art and activism at Judson Memorial Church. The event will open with a screening of Alliance for Justice’s short documentary film Tortured Law, which examines the role Bush administration lawyers played in authorizing the use of techniques that many would call “torture” in detainee interrogations, and continue with a live theater performance of Theaters Against War’s highly acclaimed production DENIED, chronicling the inhumane conditions of confinement and decimation of due process rights of American citizen Fahad Hashmi.
with David Strathairn and musical artists Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, Nathan Gunn, Natasha Paremski, Camille Zamora, and Nina Kotova
directed by John Caird
Culture Project's Twin Spirits was a star-studded success. Sting joined his wife, actress, producer and philanthropist Trudie Styler to read from the letters between composer Robert Schumann and his wife, pianist Clara Wieck, narrated by David Strathairn. The couple's tragic love story was illustrated and interwoven with music composed by Robert – whose spirit was embodied by pianist Jeremy Denk, baritone Nathan Gunn and violinist Joshua Bell – and by Clara, evoked by pianist Natasha Paremski, soprano Camille Zamora, and cellist Nina Kotova.