Policy at the Playhouse

Photo credit: Kristen Hammack, Scenic Design by David F. Weiner

Policy at the Playhouse, recognizes that conversations about governance take place in many different fora and are voiced by many different communities.


School of Dramatic Arts logoTwilight: Los Angeles, 1992

We teamed up with the USC School of Social Work Office of Global and Community Initiatives for a viewing of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. This work of documentary theater weaves a portrait of real individuals who experienced the violent aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King trial. “The piece explores the social, economic and political lines that divide not only a city, but a nation.” Written as a one-woman play by Anna Deavere Smith, students at the USC School of Dramatic arts adapted it for the repertory theater, in a stunning portrayal of race and ethnicity in Los Angeles post 1992.

Real Women Have Curves - posterReal Women Have Curves

This fall we will once again lead a post play audience discussion — this time after a performance of Real Women Have Curves, a stage play by LA playwrite Josefina Lopez, set in a tiny sewing factory in East Los Angeles circa 1987. It’s a play marked by the issues of gender politics and the Latina immigrant experience.  Join us for the show and a discussion of timely issues around gender, immigration, pay equity and community.



On the set of “Real Women Have Curves” designed by David F. Weiner, photos courtesy of Kristen Hammack.

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The Whipping Man

Our inaugural event was an opportunity to lead a post-show discussion at the historic Pasadena Playhouse after a performance of The Whipping Man, by Matthew Lopez.

On the set of “The Whipping Man” designed by Tom Buderwitz at The Pasadena Playhouse. Photos below by Jeffrey Taylor 

On the set of "The Whipping Man" designed by Tom Buderwitz at The Pasadena Playhouse. Our first Policy at the Playhouse was a visit to The Pasadena Playhouse for a viewing of “The Whipping Man,” followed by a panel discussion of the themes of the play. Governance is everywhere. Photos by Jeffrey Taylor