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"Theater works when it is a dialogue." Join us for talks with the playwright and other special guests, discussion panels, art events, and more. All events are free and open to the public!

Art and Gun Violence
Monday, October 29
Sheffer Studio in the Lucille Lortel White Barn

Join us for a panel discussion on the ways in which performing and visual artists respond to gun violence in their work.

Doors open at 6:30pm
Panel begins at 7:00pm

Matthew Greene, Playwright
Mary Himes, #UNLOAD Co-Founder and Executive Director
Helen Klisser During, #UNLOAD Co-Founder and Artistic Director
Moderator: Bethany Gugliemino

Sunday Symposium
Sunday, November 4
Immediately following the 3pm matinee performance
Jason Robards Theatre

Playhouse Associate Artistic Director David Kennedy moderates a discussion with Dr. Firmin DeBrabander, professor of philosophy at Maryland Institute College of Art and author of the book Do Guns Make us Free?

How do we respond to trauma?
Wednesday, November 7
Sheffer Studio in the Lucille Lortel White Barn

Join Linda Rost, trauma expert and co-coordinator of the Fairfield County Trauma Recovery Network, 
to learn about dealing with trauma in the aftermath of mass disasters. Rost worked extensively with 
first responders and survivors following 9/11 and Sandy Hook.

Moderated by Ramin Ganeshram, Executive Director of the Westport Historical Society

Dealing with loss and fighting for change in response to gun violence
Sunday, November 11
Immediately following the 3pm matinee performance
Jason Robards Theater

Hear from the leaders of some of the Connecticut-based organizations actively working to address gun violence. They will be joined by Thousand Pines playwright Matthew Greene for a discussion about their work, the successes and challenges they have encountered, and their vision for the future.

Attorney Josh Koskoff (moderator)
Mark Barden, Sandy Hook Promise Founder and Managing Director 
Jeremy Stein, CAGV Executive Director
Matthew Greene, Playwright

Constitutional Context of Gun Laws
Wednesday, November 14
Sheffer Studio in the Lucille Lortel White Barn

Join Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox, Associate Professor of Legal Studies at Quinnipiac University, for a discussion on the varied approaches to gun legislation and regulations in the United States and internationally, and how they are influenced by both historical context and contemporary policy debates.

Moderator: Michael Barker, Westport Country Playhouse Managing Director

#UNLOAD: Aiming for Change
November 3 – 17
Sheffer Studio in the Lucille Lortel White Barn

The Playhouse is thrilled to partner with #UNLOAD and the Artists Collective of Westport for a curated exhibition of artwork created in response to gun violence, presented in our new gallery space in the Sheffer Studio. Curated by Helen Klisser During.

Gallery hours
Tuesday: 5:30pm to 7pm
Wednesday: 12:30pm to 2pm and 6:30pm to 8pm
Thursday: 6:30pm to 8pm
Friday: 6:30pm to 8pm
Saturday: 1:30pm to 3pm and 6:30pm to 8pm
Sunday: 1:30pm to 3pm


"I see it as a story of family, of community, of shared grief... 
A story of people who want to feel safe, who want
to feel love, and who want to connect.”


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Stephen Corman
Carole Hochman and Stan Green