January 13, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014, 7:00 pm

Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall

The University of Chicago

915 E 60th Street, Chicago, IL

Renowned actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith and Cook Country Board President Tony Preckwinkle discuss grace and politics in a public dialogue at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center. David Axelrod, director of UChicago's Institute of Politics, will moderate the conversation. The event is co-presented by the Institute of Politics, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, and UChicago Arts.

Smith, a recent recipient of the National Humanities Medal and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, is known for her one-woman performances that meld theater, journalism and social commentary, as well as her acclaimed roles on the Emmy Award-winning television series Nurse Jackie and The West Wing.

On Grace & Politics is part of Smith’s three-week residency as a 2014 UChicago Presidential Arts Fellow and a collaboration between the University of Chicago and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. On January 21, Smith and cellist Joshua Roman will perform the work-in-progress play, On Grace, at the Harris Theater.

On Grace is a staged theatrical performance accompanied by Roman on the cello. In On Grace, Smith explores the idea of “grace” and in her signature brand of theater performs verbatim excerpts of interviews she conducted with renowned scholars, theologians, and politicians, including the late Rev. Peter Gomes, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, and Rabbi David Wolpe. Smith first conceived On Grace while in residency at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

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