Beyond Conversation, Skylight Theatre Company

You're Invited!

Stay after selected performances of PRAY TO BALL and be a part of the conversation
(or just listen, it's up to you).

We know the theatrical experience is enhanced when there‚Äôs a dialogue between the audience, artists and invited guests or experts.  BEYOND CONVERSATION is the place where you can share your experiences, opinions, thoughts, ideas, ask questions, and learn from other audience members and guests.   You're invited to stay and participate or just listen, it's up to you!  Beyond Conversation occurs after Sunday matinee performances of Pray To Ball, and a few other select dates. Check out the schedule below.

Conversations last about 20 mins.


Schedule (subject to change)

Sunday, April 27
Moderated by: Skylight Team member: C. Raul Espinoza
Participating in the discussion:  Amir Abdullah (Pray To Ball playwright) and Bill Mendieta (Pray To Ball director)
Focus: Writing and directing Pray To Ball and dealing with controversial issues
 
Sunday, May 4
Moderated by: Skylight Team member
Participating in the discussion: Full Cast of PRAY TO BALL
Focus: Preparing for Pray to Ball
 

Saturday, May 10 Saturday Night  - Just added
Moderated by: Skylight Team member: C. Raul Espinoza
Invited Guest: Deana Nassar, Hollywood Liaison, of the Muslim Public Affairs CouncilDeana Nassar, MPAC & Beyond Conversation Guest - Skylight Theatre Company
Participating in the discussion: Amir Abdullah (Pray To Ball playwright)
Focus: How Muslims come together in faith when they come from different cultural identities

Sunday, May 11
No chat, just a day to celebrate Mom!
 
Sunday, May 18
Moderated by: Skylight Team member: C. Raul Espinoza
Invited Guest: Malka Fenyvesi, Co-Founder of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change    Malka Fenyvesi, NewGround
Participating in the discussion:  Amir Abdullah (Pray To Ball playwright)
Focus: Identity: Universal questions we all face in how to relate to the traditions, cultures and communities we inherit and encounter.

 
Sunday, May 25
Moderated by: Skylight Team member: C. Raul Espinoza
Invited Guest: 
Rev. James K. McKnight, Pastor of Congregational Church of Christian Fellowship
Focus: On Pursuit of a faith based journey Rev. McKnight, Congregational Church of Christian Fellowship

Sunday, June 1
Moderated by: Skylight Team member
Focus: Audience response to themes in PRAY TO BALL

Sunday, June 8
Moderated by: Skylight Team member: C. Raul Espinozaaminah bakeer csula
Invited Guest: Aminah Bakeer Abdul-Jabbaar, Lecturer: Cal State Univ Los Angeles

Focus: Importance of creating counter-narratives to combat prejudice & the misrepresentation of Muslims in American Media

Sunday, June 15
Moderated by: Skylight Team member: C. Raul Espinoza
Invited Guest: Rabbi Rachel Bat-Or, JQ International
Focus: TBA

Sunday, June 22
Rabbi Rachel Bat-OrNo performance

Sunday, June 29
Final performance. No Chat today.


Artistic Advisory Board

Alfred Molina
Andy Ackerman
Billy Porter
Brooke Adams
Buck Henry
Dan Bucatinsky
Don Roos
Ed Asner
Eric McCormack

Geoffrey Nauffts
Jeffrey Richman
Joan Rater
Joe Spano
John Benjamin Hickey
Johnny Galecki
Marc Shmuger
Marcia Milgrom Dodge
Mary McDonnell
Peter Gallagher
Scott Ellis
Sharon Lawrence
Sheryl Kaller
Stacy Keach
Terrence McNally
Thomas Sadoski
Winnie Holzman