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Censorship in Kingdom City: TalkBack with Playwright Sheri Wilner, moderated by Miami Herald Critic Christine Dolen

Sheri Wilner’s plays including Father Joy, Hunger, Bake Off, Labor Day, Relative Strangers, Moving Shortly, Little Death of a Salesman, The Unknown Part of the Ocean, Hell and Back, The Bushesteia, Equilibrium, The First Night of Chanukah, and The End and Joan of Arkansas.

Kingdom City

Her latest work, Kingdom City, will make its way to the FIU Department of Theatre as the first ever college production, following its successful world-premiere at La Jolla Playhouse last September. The play took roughly seven years to complete and was drawn from a real life censorship issue in the small town of Kingdom City, MO where a cancellation of a high-school production of Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, kicked up controversy and forced everyone to take a stand on teenage sexuality and marriage.

According to FIU Theatre Director, Michael Yawney, “Censorship and freedom of expression are big ideas that we usually think are about somebody else- maybe some great artist or someone famous. But Sheri Wilner shows how these big ideas impact all of us in our everyday lives.”

Audiences will have the chance to discuss the ongoing culture wars with Wilner for a talkback immediately following the 2:00pm matinee production on Sunday, November 8th at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Mainstage Theatre. The talkback will be moderated by leading Miami Herald Theater Critic Christine Dolen.

Wilner has received numerous playwriting awards including a Howard Foundation Fellowship, a Bush Artist Fellowship, two Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowships and two Heideman Awards. She recently completed a Visiting Assistant Professorship in Playwriting at Florida State University’s MFA Dramatic Writing Program in Tallahassee, and is currently teaching at the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts in New York. She has also conducted playwriting classes and workshops at University of California, Santa Barbara; Cornell University; University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program, and Whitman College. She attended Cornell University and received her MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.

For More Information: “Kingdom City,” Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Mainstage Theater, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami, FL 33199 (Modesto A. Maidique Campus) 8:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. $10 and up. (305) 348-0496 or wpac.fiu.edu.

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