We bring in experts from industry, religion, and/or government surrounding the themes and content of the story. Their perspective provides insight into characters, story setting, or any other relevant aspect of the production to help us answer those questions: “Who? What? When? Where? How? Why?” All Scholar’s Forum conversations take place immediately following the performance.

Next up: Saturday, February 8 (Fun Home) after the 2pm performance.

Join dramaturg Jane Barnette from KU’s Theatre Department for a discussion about Fun Home, immediately following the matinee performance. Jane’s insights and your smart responses to the play are the foundation of these lively conversations. The forum is free.

Jane Barnette is a theatre maker who writes about adaptation, dramaturgy, and gender. In 2018, she published Adapturgy: The Dramaturg’s Art and Theatrical Adaptation, the first book of its kind to address the theory and practice of adaptation dramaturgy. In 2014, she and Michael Haverty produced their adaptation of Stephen Cranes’ The Red Badge of Courage for 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta. In Lawrence, she most recently directed the University Theatre production of Sycorax and the Kansas Repertory Theatre production of Karen Zacarías’ The Book Club Play. Barnette teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and is an associate professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Kansas.

Future Dates: Saturday, April 11 (Noises Off!) after the 2pm performance.

Our Conversation Series consists of many types of events: Making the Play, Meet the Creative Team, Community Conversation, Scholars’ Forum and Actors’ Forum. Together we’ll talk about what surprised you, what moved you, and what questions you’re left with after experiencing the show. Click here to learn more about other events in the series.