Community Dialogues on War and Reconciliation
September 23, 24, 25, 2016
First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA
In Fall 2016, the Joiner Institute presented "Community Dialogues on War and Reconciliation" featuring three staged readings of Reconciliation, a Joiner Institute commissioned and produced play about the Iraq War written by Charles Dumas and directed by Cheryl D. Singleton, followed by talk backs with veterans, writers, and artists.
The staged readings and talk backs were held at the First Church Boston for three shows. The readings were open to the public with free admission.
- Friday, September 23rd at 7:00
- followed by discussion with Shareda Hosein (Lt. Colonel retired U.S. Army Reserves); Anne Loyer – artist and creator of the Odysseus Project; and Mitch Manning (moderator) – Joiner Institute
- Saturday, September 24th at 7:00
- followed by discussion with Juan Spinnato (Iraq War veteran and co-founder of Boston Warrior Writers); Carlos Sirah (Iraq War veteran, playwright, actor); Rachel McNeill (Iraq War veteran and co-founder of Boston Warrior Writers) and Erin Leach-Ogden (moderator) – Joiner Institute
- Sunday, September 25th at 4:00
- followed by discussion with Charles Dumas (actor, director, playwright)
Following the success of Amir Al-Azraki’s Joiner commissioned play Waiting for Gilgamesh in 2014, Reconciliation explores the Iraq War from an American perspective. In it, an African-American State Department officer and his wife endeavor to negotiate peace in a country torn by war and unrest. Reconciliation addresses the complex repercussions that socio/political decisions have on the human experience during wartime and shows that even when good people try to do good, “the fog of war” can distort, sometimes with disastrous results.
The play received a preliminary reading at the 2015 Joiner Institute Writer’s Workshop and the 2016 staged readings were supported by a Creative Economies Initiative Fund grant from the University of Massachusetts’ President’s Office under the title “From Boston to Baghdad: Healing the Wounds of War through Art, Theater, and Community Engagement.”
Written by Charles Dumas
Directed by Cheryl D. Singleton
For press requests and to schedule interviews with the writer or director, please contact Joiner Program Coordinator Mitch Manning – firstname.lastname@example.org - 617-287-5863.
Charles Dumas is an award-winning professional director, writer and actor. He is a PCA Fellowship winner and AUDELCO nominee. He has written over forty published and/or produced plays and won the Hollywood/Beverly Hills NAACP Award for Best Actor. He is the co-founder and past artistic director of LAF Traveling Theatre Company. He is a professor emeritus from Penn State University and was the director of the Acting for Camera program at Temple University. He is a Fulbright Fellow and has taught film and theatre extensively in South Africa. He was a Hendler Fellow at The American Film Institute. His play, Reconciliation, was commissioned by The William Joiner Institute.
Cheryl D. Singleton's previous directing credits in Boston include the SWAN Festival and sketch and improv comedy. Some of Ms. Singleton's acting credits include work at Lyric Stage Company, New Rep, The Huntington, Commonwealth Shakespeare, American Repertory Theater, Boston Playwrights', ImprovBoston, Phoenix Theater Artists, Company One, Zeitgeist Stage, Ryan Landry and The Gold Dust Orphans, Queer Soup and Our Place Theater Company. In addition, she is a 2016 IRNE Award nominee for her work in Intimate Apparel at The Lyric Stage. She currently serves on the boards of StageSource, the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund (TCBF) and ImprovBoston. Ms. Singleton was a theater professional in NYC before moving to Boston. In addition to acting, she served as business manager for a small theater company in Greenwich Village (the now defunct Theater Matrix) and worked as a stage manager and dresser at The American Place Theater and The Women's Project, among others. Ms. Singleton previously worked with Mr. Dumas at Theater Matrix in NYC and at Loaves and Fish Theater Company. She was pleased to be a member of the company for his play Years of Struggle, Years of Freedom at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is honored to direct Reconciliation.