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Saturday, March 10, 2018 5:30 PM
This symposia explores the dynamics between the discipline of history on the one hand (involving research and complex interpretations designed to arrive at truth) and the discipline of theater on the other (involving the retelling of history at the service of discerning meaning from the past). Actors from State Ensemble Theater Unit will perform scenes from "Shah Jahan" and "Guards at the Taj." Following the scene performances, audience members will engage in discussion asking the following questions: What is the nature of the truths we seek from the stage? How does the history of the Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan differ from the work of the late 19th century Bengali playwright D.L. Ray in "Shah Jahan," and the contemporary Indian--?American playwright Rajiv Joseph in "Guards at the Taj?"