Join us on Monday April 24th at 12:15pm in the McBride Gathering Space to hear readings of Elie Wiesel’s DIALOGUES by our Elon Performing Arts colleagues and to reflect on Holocaust Remembrance Day as we participate in the National Jewish Theatre Foundation’s Holocaust Theater International Initiative Remembrance Readings in Honor of Elie Wiesel.
Dr. Andrea Sinn, who teaches in Elon’s Department of History and Geography, explains the history of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism in her Talk on the Steps for Parade, 28 November 2016 at the McCrary Theatre. She explained the historical roots of anti-Judaism in the early Christian Church, and how modern anti-Semitism began in the nineteenth century with the rise of equal rights legislation in the modern nation-state. She concluded her Talk on the Steps by quoting Leo Frank’s words from Parade about feeling like an outsider as a Jew in the American South, and invited the audience to consider the different ways that all outsiders are positioned as Others for the purposes of political power and social regulation.
Parade dramatizes the true story of the life and trial of Leo Frank, a Jewish man accused of the murder of a young girl in Atlanta, Georgia in 1913. Parade is a compelling and emotional musical that asks important questions about anti-Semitism, bias, and propaganda in the American South.
Each Talk on the Step engages with one aspect of the production—such as its history, relevance, or creative process—to provide audience members with extra insight into the performance.
Thursday October 27: Student dramaturg Georgia Smith, a Drama & Theatre Studies sophomore, will share her research into cultural bias, ethnic stereotypes, and the Leo Frank case
Friday October 28: Dr. Andrea Sinn of Elon’s Department of History and Geography will explore the history of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism in the United States
Saturday October 29: Costume designer Jack Smith will discuss historic sewing techniques, and explain how issues of bias and stereotype informed his costume creations for Parade
Friday November 4: Professor Kim Shively, who teaches acting in Elon’s Department of Performing Arts, will explore how music is used to create cross-cultural and cross-racial empathy in Parade