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Community Dialogues on War and Reconciliation

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Event Date: September 23, 2016 - 7 p.m.
Event Type: Open to public
Location: First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA
Event Cost: Free and Open to the Public

This September, the William Joiner Institute presents "Community Dialogues on War and Reconciliationfeaturing 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 will be held at the First Church Boston for three shows. Open to the public. 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)

Location: First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA 
Cost: Free

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. This year’s staged readings are 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 disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.