As I’m sure everyone is aware Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and with it comes a much needed break. Be sure to take the time recharge and prepare yourself before the final three weeks of class. While I’m sure that you’ve heard it all before, if you do plan on traveling during break plan accordingly for the weather and road conditions. With the recent snowfall I’ve seen at least three accidents already from people driving too fast for conditions, so just remember to be aware. That being said let’s look at some events that are taking place before break starts.
The biggest event taking place is the start of the production run of “Fires in the Mirror”, a play being put on by the Visual and Performing Arts Department in the McArdle Theater. It chronicles the viewpoints of people from two different communities, Black and Jewish, connected directly and indirectly to the Crown Heights riot which occurred in Crown Heights, Brooklyn in August 1991. How can these things happen? A child is hit by a car while playing on the sidewalk. In retaliation, a young man is stabbed to death. A community turns inward upon itself, neighbor set against neighbor. Can an out of balance world be set right? Playwright, Anna Devere Smith interviewed members of Brooklyn’s Crown Heights Community and using their own words assembled a retelling of their solemn road from hate and violence to understanding. At once poignant and colored by powerful feelings, Fires in the Mirror is an unusual evening of theatre taking us to the heart of disaster and understanding and bringing us home safe. I should warn you that this play holds no punches when it comes to representing the truth of these events and may be emotional for some to watch. Also due to the weight that the material holds there will be no late seating. Shows run this Wednesday and Thursday and start at 7:30pm, tickets are free to students.
That’s all I have for this week, but be sure to return after break for more of…