‘Pointed Conversations’: A New Community Engagement Initiative from Pointless Theatre

Pointed Conversations invites members of the community to further engage with Pointless Theatre Company’s artistic work through discussion on the themes and ideas of their current production. Facilitated by community partners, Pointed Conversations investigate a range of topics pertaining to the show to process the performance and the conversation it inspires. With events held at the theater and in the surrounding neighborhood, Pointless aims to fulfill the second half of its mission – to nurture a diverse, active, and inspired audience.

Image courtesy of Pointless Theatre.

The conversation begins in conjunction with Pointless’ latest world premiere – Forest Treás. Join Pointless to gain a deeper understanding of our collective experience brought about by the events of the DC Sniper.

All events are free and open to the public. Made possible by a grant from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.


Sat. June 8th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Dance Loft on 14
Student Workshop – RSVP Required

An interactive workshop for high school and college students led by teaching artists from Arena Stage. Participants will attend a performance of Forest Treás and participate in a workshop to develop their own theatrical piece inspired by themes from Forest Treás.

Sun. June 9th, 8:30 – 9:30 PM
Dance Loft on 14, Post-show discussion

A discussion focused on points of inspiration, motivation, and creative choices behind the design of Forest Treás, members of the production team will present research and early sketches of their designs, as well as take questions from the audience about the process of creating this original piece. Moderated by Pointless’ Co-Artistic Director, Patti Kalil.

The cast of Pointless Theatre Company's world premiere of 'Forest Treas.' Photo courtesy of Pointless Theatre Company.
The cast of Pointless Theatre Company’s world premiere of ‘Forest Treas.’ Photo courtesy of Pointless Theatre Company.

Mon. June 10th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Petworth Library

A panel of health and safety experts discuss the resources available in our neighborhood. From physical and mental well-being to best practices for keeping our community safe, panelists will share valuable information with attendees to improve and protect the lives of Ward 4 residents. Following the panel discussion, members of the GW Art Therapy Alumni will lead a brief Art Therapy Workshop. Hosted by the Petworth Library and presented in partnership with GW Art Therapy Alumni, Moms Demand Action, and Brant Sports Nutrition.

Wed. June 12th, 10:00 – 2:00 PM
Gallaudet University – Merrill Learning Center B-130
Student Workshop – RSVP Required

Interactive video workshop for high school and college students to learn how to build a breaking news report. Students will be introduced to lighting techniques, audio needs, camera angles, writing copy, and on-air techniques. Presented in partnership with Gallaudet University.

Thur. June 13th, 9:30 – 10:30 PM
Dance Loft on 14, Post-show discussion

A panel of clinicians and advocates in the field of grief therapy gather to discuss the impact of grief and trauma on the collective conscious. Presented in partnership with the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing and Moms Demand Action.

Fri. June 14th, 8:30 – 9:30 PM
Dance Loft on 14, Post-show discussion

A panel of journalists discuss the responsibilities of reporting during moments of public crisis. Moderated by Pulitzer Center Executive Editor, Indira Lakshmanan, panelists include Rhitu Chatterjee, Rodney Lamkey Jr., and Allison Shelley. Presented in partnership with the Pulitzer Center with a mission to “promote in-depth engagement with global affairs through its support of quality international journalism across all media platforms and an innovative program of outreach and education.”

More information about Pointless Theatre’s Pointed Conversations can be found online.


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