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Workshop Reading and Symposium on 'Hoodwinked' in Princeton

NJ Theater News
NJ Theater News

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University is partnering with McCarter Theatre to present a workshop reading and symposium on Hoodwinked, a new documentary-style drama by acclaimed playwright Emily Mann, on Saturday, April 26 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Hoodwinked begins from the 2009 shooting on an Army base at Fort Hood, Texas, and goes on to explore the global implications of radical Islam in various political contexts. The play was created by McCarter Theatre's Artistic Director Emily Mann from interviews, transcripts, and other primary sources. Inspired by questions, confusion, and misinformation that circulated in the media after the Fort Hood massacre, Hoodwinked explores radical Islam/Islamism and the dangers this extremist ideology can pose not only to western nations but also to moderate/traditional Muslims around the world. The play uses an experimental dramatic structure to weave together scenes inspired by real conversations, speeches, video, and performance of primary text and is designed to be a catalyst for discussion and political action.

The workshop reading will be performed by professional actors and directed by Mann.

The symposium after the reading will include a keynote address by British-Pakistani activist Maajid Nawaz, Executive Director of Quilliam, a counter-extremism think tank. A panel responding to Nawaz’s remarks and to the issues the play raises about radical Islamism, hate speech, and related global issues will include Ambassador Barbara Bodine of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, who spent 30 years in diplomacy around the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf region; Professor Amos Guiora of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and author of Tolerating Intolerance: The Price of Protecting Extremism (Oxford University Press, 2014); and Usaama al-Azami, a graduate student in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton.

The day will conclude with a panel discussion on political theater with artists and critics including Mann; playwright and performer Heather Raffo (author of 9 Parts of Desire); playwright Dominique Morisseau (author of Sunset Baby and Detroit ’67); and Howard Shalwitz, Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth Theater in Washington, D.C. The panel will be moderated by Jill Dolan, Annan Professor in English, Professor of Theater, and Director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton. Throughout the day’s events, moderators will encourage interactive discussion with the audience.

To learn more about this event, the Program in Theater, and the over 100 other activities presented at the Lewis Center visit For more information about McCarter Theatre visit

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