From the first 1852 productions turning Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, into a stage play, the characters were stereotyped. How do culture and stereotypes influence artistic decisions? How can the stage be used to call attention to important social justice issues?
Greg Tate: Co-Artistic Director, Hartbeat Ensemble
Mr. Tate spent 13 years with the San Francisco Mime Troupe before moving to Connecticut to create Hartbeat Ensemble. During that time he was Production Stage Manager, Lighting Designer and Master Electrician for over twenty national and international tours. He also acted in or co-authored the Mime Troupe productions of I Ain't Yo Uncle, Back to Normal, Social Work, Escape from Cyberia, and others. While with Hartbeat Ensemble, he has co-written and performed in Graves, News to Me, CNA Is The Soul, Ebeneeza - A Hartford Holiday Carol, The Pueblo, and Plays in the Parks 2006 - 2010. From 2006 - 2008, Greg served on the Board of Trustees for the Network of Ensemble Theaters. In 2007 he was elected Vice-President of that organization.
Alex Roe: Artistic Director, Metropolitan Playhouse
Mr. Roe is a director, actor, and playwright who has worked across the US and England. Since 1993, he has lived in New York City, and he became Artistic Director of Metropolitan Playhouse in 2011. For Metropolitan, he has directed over 20 productions, and under his oversight, the company has revived significant American works of the past, such as Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Drunkard, The Contrast, Year One of the Empire, The Octoroon, The Scarecrow, Metamora, Inheritors, Margaret Fleming, Sun-Up, and Fashion. Mr. Roe holds a bachelors degree in Literature from Harvard College, and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer's Society.
This June Mr. Roe will be participating in a panel discussion with other Stowe scholars at the Stowe Society's conference at Bowdoin College.
April 14, 2011
Reception at 5pm. Conversation from 5:30-7:00 pm.
Additional information at: www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org
Welcome to the conversation!
Welcome to the conversation!
Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.
The Stowe Center is a 21st-century museum and program center using Stowe's story to inspire social justice and positive change.
The Salons at Stowe programs are a forum to connect the challenging issues (race, gender and class) that impelled Stowe to write and act with the contemporary face of those same issues. The Salon format is based on a robust level of audience participation, with the explicit goal of promoting civic engagement. Recent topics included: Teaching Acceptance; Is Prison the New Slavery; Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North; Creativity and Change; Race, Gender and Politics Today; How to be an Advocate
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