We are proud and excited to announce a number of talk backs that will follow performances of Apples in Winter. All talks are free and open to the public—no ticket is required, so join us!
Friday, March 2
Talk back and Q&A with the playwright Jennifer Fawcett and director Beth Wood.
Beth Wood is an Associate Artistic Director of the Cleveland Public Theatre and Jennifer Fawcett is a locally known playwright who wrote this play while she was pregnant. This talk back is a unique opportunity to hear what inspired Jennifer to think and write about such a painful and difficult subject during that time; and how Beth approached working on this challenging and emotional play.
Saturday, March 3
Talk back with Inside Out Reentry
Inside Out Reentry Community (IO) serves individuals returning from incarceration. Nobody knows how hard it is to reenter society after prison better than someone who has been there. IO has both former incarcerated individuals and long-time prison volunteers to help. They believe that every returning citizen should have access to the services and resources necessary to maintain a productive life.
Join some of the returning citizens as they share their experiences of life inside and out.
Thursday, March 8
Talk back with Marquetta Senters hosted by Miriam Gilbert.
Plus, for all those who’ve purchased RAFFLE TICKETS--Miriam will do the drawing at this talk back! (If you haven’t purchased yet—get yours today! Support Riverside Theatre by purchasing a ticket for a chance to win a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon!)
Friday, March 9
Talk back with Kathrina Litchfield from University of Iowa Center for Human Rights and Rod Courtney from CRUSH.
Kathrina Litchfield is currently a doctoral student in Language, Literacy & Culture in the College of Education. Her research focuses on prison education and libraries as well as civic engagement and social justice in higher education. She teaches both in the College of Education and as an adjunct in human rights. Since 2011 she has facilitated a monthly book group with incarcerated men at the Iowa Medical & Classification Center.
CRUSH (Community Resources United to Stop Heroin in Iowa) is a community based organization dedicated to stopping the opioid and heroin crisis. The program provides education and resources to families and those in recovery, sponsors events for outreach and works with lawmakers on opioid-related bills. Rod Courtney from CRUSH has been a probation officer for 19 years. On Nov. 1 2016 he lost his 38-year-old son Chad to a fatal heroin and fentanyl overdose which motivated him and his wife to get involved with CRUSH.
Saturday, March 10
Professor Ellen Lewin from University of Iowa Department of Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies will participate in this talk back moderated by playwright Jennifer Fawcett. The focus will be on the politics of motherhood and the concept of bad mothers - the role parents may or may not play in addiction and violent crime. Her studies and the class she teaches at the University of Iowa is a large part of what inspired this play.