The Power of the Play

  • 28 May 2016
  • 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Pickard, Missouri Historical Society and Museum; Andrea Jones, The Accokeek Foundation; Ilene Dackman-Alon, Jewish Museum of Maryland; Douglas Coler, Discovery Place

Museum theatre powerfully connects visitors to museum content. This session will feature examples of museum theatre that examine power, influence and responsibility. Spurred by the plays, you will develop new ideas for using museum theatre to address these themes. The play "Bessie Bluefeld" about an entrepreneur who founded a business in the face of the Great Depression and wound up serving kosher meals at the White House. "Legend of the Crossroads" is a retelling of the myth of Robert Johnson in which the devil himself reveals the seductive influence of promise and redemption. "Eco Explorers" asks students: Is the greater good worth more than the needs of one oppressed individual? Is the present more important than the future?

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