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Dear Friends:

As we head into the holiday weekend, we want to express our gra titude for your enthusiastic and thoughtful presence at Visions and Voices events this fall. We’ve got one great event left for the semester: a trip to the Kirk Douglas Theatre to see Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee, “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” (New York Times). Read on for details!

–The Visions and Voices Team

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Straight White Men



Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company: Straight White Men
An Experience L.A. Event

Wednesday, December 2
Depart USC at 6:30 p.m.; return at 11 p.m.
Kirk Douglas Theatre, Culver City
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required. While advance reservations are full, we encourage you to sign up for the waitlist.

“Lee’s fascinating play...goes far beyond cheap satire, ultimately becoming a compassionate and stimulating exploration of one man’s existential crisis.”—New York Times
Center Theatre Group presents Young Jean Lee’s gripping play Straight White Men. When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can’t solve: when identity matters, and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man? Writer, director, and filmmaker Young Jean Lee has been called “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by the New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York.
Open to USC students only. Students must use the provided transportation. For more info and to sign up for the waitlist, click here.



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Lisa Genova and Arthur Toga



Something’s Not Right with Alice: Understanding Alzheimer’s
A Conversation with Lisa Genova and Arthur Toga
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Thursday, February 4, 7 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Lisa Genova is a neuroscientist and award-winning author of several best-selling novels, including Still Alice. The book was adapted into a powerful film starring Julianne Moore, who won an Academy Award for her role as a professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Genova has traveled internationally to speak about Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and autism, and has appeared on Dr. Oz, The Diane Rehm Show, CNN, and many other major media outlets. Genova will join USC professor and brain researcher Arthur Toga for a fascinating conversation on the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on individuals, families, and communities.
RSVP online beginning Tuesday, January 5, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.



The Oresteia Project



The Oresteia Project
Written by David Bridel and the MFA Acting Class of 2016

Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m.
Scene Dock Theatre
Visions and Voices will provide a limited number of free tickets to USC students only. Reservations required.

Considered to be Aeschylus’ finest work, The Oresteia is a trilogy of Greek tragedies about a vicious cycle of violence and vengeance within one family. It is a remarkable study of justice in its early forms. Inspired by the ancient masterpiece, this modern adaptation was created by the actors in collaboration with writer/director David Bridel. Join the USC School of Dramatic Arts for a brand-new take on Aeschylus’ classic.
Presented by the USC School of Dramatic Arts.
Reserve a free ticket online beginning Wednesday, February 10, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.



Until, Until, Edgar Arceneaux



Until, Until, Edgar Arceneaux
Thursday, April 14, 7 p.m.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Join us for the world-premiere screening of Edgar Arceneaux’s Until, Until, Until... The film investigates Broadway legend Ben Vereen’s infamous 1981 performance at Ronald Reagan’s inaugural celebration. Intended as an homage to vaudevillian Bert Williams—America’s first mainstream black entertainer—the final five minutes of the performance were censored for the television audience, causing Vereen’s biting commentary on racism and segregation to be lost on viewers at home. Based on the footage that never aired, the film raises important questions about truth, history, and collective memory.
RSVP online beginning Tuesday, March 22, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.



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Sasha Anawalt and her students at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism have created Ampersand, featuring stories that highlight arts, culture, and the creative spirit. Check out these great pieces they made about several of this semester’s Visions and Voices events:

“A Word with Junot Díaz” by Karina Cabreja
Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz opens up about his family, life, and struggles.

“Hybrid Moments with Ken Butler” by Brian Welk
An inside look at a visionary artist’s creative process.

“Dance LINES Making Universal Connections” by Lara Altunian
Altunian reviews Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s Visions and Voices performance.

“Dreaming the Future with Design Fictions” by Jonathan Shiflett
An audio piece explores the art of dream manufacturing.

  For more information on these and other events, please visit our website at

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