Highway 47: Post Show Conversations

Join us for the ‘Second Act’ of PRC².
Come for the stunning performance – stay for insightful conversation.

PRC² is a venue for stimulating artistic presentations and a gathering place to talk about the themes they raise pertaining to topical issues.

Expert panelists joining artist KJ Sanchez following performances of Highway 47 include:

Wednesday, Jan 6
We begin concentrating on the artist, performer/playwright/director KJ Sanchez.

Thursday, Jan 7
Adam Versenyi
Professor & Chair, UNC Department of Dramatic Art
Resident Dramaturg, PlayMakers Repertory Company, 1988-present. Dramaturg: 7 Stages; NEA Playwrighting Fellows Program; Theatre Previews at Duke; Critics Panel, IV Hispanic Theatre Festival (Teatro Avante); Florida Studio Theatre; Yale Repertory Theatre; La MaMa E.T.C.; Festival Latino (New York Shakespeare Festival). Directing: The Nutcracker (PlayMakers); The Agony of Ecstasy; El Dia Que Me Quieras; The Black American Dream; Hughie; The Indians Were Angry; Bitter Blood; The Lesson; No Exit. Publications: Dictionary of Literary Biography: Latin American Dramatists, Ed.; The Theater of Sabina Berman: The Agony of Ecstasy and Other Plays; El Teatro en America Latina; Theatre in Latin America: Religion, Politics, and Culture from Cortes to the 1980s. Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Colombia, South America. Member, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Faculty: UNC-Chapel Hill; Deep Springs College; Escuela de Bellas Artes, Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia; Escuela Nacional de Arte Dramatico, Bogota, Colombia. ducation: DFA, Yale School of Drama.

Friday, Jan 8
Altha J. Cravey
Associate Professor of Geography at UNC and a geographer with expertise in globalization, international development and the Mexican diaspora. Her book Women and Work in Mexico’s Maquiladoras analyzed transformations in development strategy, workplaces and households in Mexico. Recently, she has focused on Mexican experiences in the US South, producing many scholarly papers and two video documentaries: The Virgin Appears in La Maldita Vecindad (2009) and Seed Spirits: The Otomi of Carolina del Norte (2011). Cravey’s research has been supported by the National Institute of Health, the North Carolina Arts Council, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the National Science Foundation. Seed Spirits: The Otomi of Carolina del Norte was selected for the Fifth Annual International American Indian Movement West’s Annual Film Festival in 2014.

Saturday, Jan 9
Kathleen DuVal
DuVal focuses on early America, particularly cross-cultural relations on North American borderlands. She earned her Ph.D. in history at the University of California, Davis and held a Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania’s McNeil Center for Early American Studies before joining the history faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2003. She is the author of Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution (2015) and The Native Ground: Indians and Colonists in the Heart of the Continent (2006). DuVal is co-editor of Interpreting a Continent: Voices from Colonial America (2009), with her father, literary translator John DuVal. She has published articles in the William and Mary Quarterly, Ethnohistory, Journal of the Early Republic, Early American Studies and Arkansas Historical Quarterly. She has won prizes for best article in the William and Mary Quarterly and best article in southern women’s history from the Southern Association for Women Historians, as well as fellowships from the National Humanities Center, American Philosophical Society, Huntington Library and Newberry Library.

Sunday, Jan 10 (2:00pm)
Geovani Ramirez
Geovani Ramirez is a graduate student in the UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature with an interest in nineteenth and twentieth century multiethnic US and Latina/o literatures. He is particularly interested in cultural and national identity and the transnational literatures, ideas, philosophies, and politics that inform them.

All are welcome for these discussions – join us!

These post-show conversations are free and open to the public (beginning 5 minutes after the end of each 90-minute performance of Highway 47), however, space is limited.

Call the Box Office at 919.962.7529 to reserve your seat!