Fierce! Audiences, Critics & Controversial Art: Moderating a Panel, 1/23, in Chicago


I am honored to announce that the Goodman Theatre in Chicago selected me to moderate a panel there on Sun., Jan. 23, at 5:30pm.

If you’re in Chicago, the event is free and I’d love for you to attend.

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The panel is called “Fierce Conversations: Audiences, Critics and Controversial Art.”

Here is the description:

Freedom of expression is an essential tenet of a free society. But that freedom often comes under fire when artistic institutions present works that express different, and sometimes incendiary, points of view.

The panel will feature the following:

Kathleen Tolan, playwright (A Weekend Near Madison, The Wax);
Eric Reda, artistic director, Chicago Opera Vanguard;
Kelly Kleiman, WBEZ theater arts critic;
Sydney Chatman, founder of The Tofu Chitlin Circuit Blog

Here is some additional information. The panel will look…

…at recent visual and performing arts controversies in Chicago and across the country, and explores what role of cultural collaborators (the institutions presenting the work, and the media reviewing/critiquing it) is in preparing audiences for controversial work.

To reserve tickets for the event (which, again, are free), click here.

And here’s a little bit of final information on the whole series of panels that the Goodman is presenting:

Goodman Theatre kicks off the New Year with a slate of panel and round-table discussions to encourage conversation around the productions in the season. As part of its ongoing commitment to audience engagement, the Goodman offers a wide variety of events that explore artistic intention and the historical and societal implications of the work on stage. Each of the following events takes place at Goodman Theatre (170 N. Dearborn); for tickets and reservations, call 312.443.3800 or visit