Anna Deavere Smith and Joshua Roman to Present CONVERSATIONS ON GRACE at Harris Theater, 1/21

Anna Deavere Smith and Joshua Roman to Present CONVERSATIONS ON GRACE at Harris Theater, 1/21

Renowned actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith and cellist Joshua Roman present Conversations On Grace, a two-part evening that features a public presentation of their work-in-progress play On Grace, followed by a moderated audience discussion. The event is set for January 21, 2014, at the Harris Theater.

In On Grace, Smith explores ideas of forgiveness and survival in her signature brand of theater where she 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, a recent recipient of the National Humanities Medal and the Dorothy and Lilian 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 has been developed at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts. It now makes its Chicago debut for a public audience at the Harris Theater, part of the first formal collaborative arts partnership between the Harris Theater and the University of Chicago.

CONVERSATIONS ON GRACE is set for Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:30PM at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 East Randolph Drive, Chicago 60601. Tickets: $25, students $10. Tickets can be purchased at; by phone: 312-334-7777; in person at the Box Office: 205 East Randolph Drive, Chicago 60601.

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