Thursday, August 8, 2013

Oblivion Education & Community Engagement Initiative Underway

By Jen McCool
Community Engagement Coordinator

For the fourth consecutive season, the Playhouse is excited to be rolling out an Education and Community Engagement Initiative centered on one of our season productions. And this year, we are focusing on the world premiere of Carly Mensch’s vital and intriguing play Oblivion (Aug.20 – Sept. 8).  For the past three years, we have worked with numerous community organizations and created special events and programs all revolving around themes found in our work onstage.

The cornerstone of our Initiative this year will be post-show salons in our Smilow Donor Lounge after nearly every performance of Oblivion. These informal discussions, which were also held during our productions of Happy Days (2010) and Suddenly, Last Summer (2011), will be open to all audience members and will provide a welcoming, engaging environment for patrons to share their thoughts and responses to Oblivion with one another. We’re definitely looking forward to hearing what you have to say!

The Playhouse is also working with several other local community organizations on special programming inspired by the play and its themes – there will be an open discussion on Tuesday, September 3,  6:00pm at
Westport Arts Center around values and how we shape our values.  Students at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven will be completing a photography project on these same themes, which will be displayed in our lobby during the run of Oblivion.

And we’re pleased to once again celebrate “A Day for Community” with $15 tickets for all audience members on Sunday, September 8th at 3:00pm to encourage families to attend the production together or with their church or community organization. Stay tuned after the performance for a panel discussion. In fact, every Sunday performance will have a panel or a speaker and a chance for a larger conversation around themes found in the play.

As you can see, August and September will be a time for thoughtful dialogue around the Playhouse and we hope you’ll join in the conversation. For more details on these and other events, please visit our
website in the coming months. We hope you’ll join in the conversation around Theater Worth Talking About.


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Oblivion community already contributes in numerous ways to increasing the quality of life. For example, specialists work statewide to strengthen community institutes and services, and planners and local government professionals support municipalities develop and implement improved strategies and plan sustainable improvement. As the state’s research colleges are called upon to offer a range of life experience college degree programs and services that in larger states would be performed by numerous institutions and often by state and local agencies.