The Hope Festival - Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cornel West
Sat. May 20, 2017
Doors: 4:30 pm / Show: 5:00 pm (event ends at 6:15 pm)
Los Angeles, CA
Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Dr. West is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now. He has made three spoken word albums including Never Forget, collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert. His spoken word interludes were featured on Terence Blanchard’s Choices (which won the Grand Prix in France for the best Jazz Album of the year of 2009), and most recently on Bootsy Collins’ The Funk Capital of the World. In short, Cornel West has a passion to invite a variety of people from all walks of life into his world of ideas in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.http://www.bootlegtheater.org/event/1477437/
LA WEEKLY GO!! "Deeply felt performances by a flawless ensemble together with the painterly chiaroscuro of lighting designer Brandon Baruch and a transcendently window-rattling, low-frequency score by sound designer John Zalewski all up the ante. But it is director Jessica Hanna’s fine compositional eye and the crispness of her seamless staging that deftly avoids the material’s melodramatic tug while delivering its intellectual lesson with a persuasive and almost operatic appeal." - Bill Raden
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"The play has been beautifully cast and skillfully directed by Jessica Hanna, and it is finely acted by the entire cast." - Neal Weaver
"Skillfully staged by Jessica Hanna on an unusual circular set by Sibyl Wickersheimer, it's an intriguing and gently moving story." - Don Shirley
The Hope and Optimism Project (www.hopeoptimism.com) is a $5 million, four-year initiative at Notre Dame, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. The project funds research into the theoretical empirical, and practical dimensions of hope, optimism, and related states. Directed by two philosophy professors, Andrew Chignell (Cornell and University of Penn) and Sam Newlands (Notre Dame), the project also created the “Hope on Stage” playwriting prize that in addition to a cash prize to the winner, also funds a rolling premiere of the winning play in Ithaca, NY (which performs April 28-30) and in Los Angeles, CA (May 19 - June 10). Georgette Kelly’s I CARRY YOUR HEART was chosen as the winner from almost 800 blind submissions by a panel of professional theater makers and academics. In addition to the first prize, “Hope on Stage” awarded three runner-up prizes.
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