Be more than a spectator.
Anna Deavere Smith
A.R.T.’s Act II initiative is an experiment in disrupting the role of spectator as passive observer. Act II events invite audience members to pursue deeper engagement with productions and highlight the variety of ways that A.R.T. community members continue to create impact in the Boston area and the world. Past events have included speaker series, gallery visits, film screenings, podcasts, and moderated conversations with scholars, medical professionals, families, activists, artists, educators, and more.
The White Card
The White Card was inspired, in part, by playwright Claudia Rankine’s question, “Can we stay in the room to have a conversation about race?” Following performances of the play, audience members are invited to remain in the theater for a 20-minute facilitated conversation. In conjunction with Act II, a range of other initiatives and resources on this page also endeavor to extend the conversation around the play and spark action.
Engage with HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True through post-performance conversations with cast members, scholars, creative team members, and additional guests.
Learn more about the work and legacy of Andy Warhol and Truman Capote through Act II initiatives presented in partnership by A.R.T. and the Harvard Art Museums.
Discussions with students, scholars, parents, medical professionals, policymakers, activists, and entrepreneurs following performances of Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women.
Notes from the Field
Each performance of Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education began with a “radical welcome” offered by a different member of the greater Boston community.
In the Body of the World
Discussions with activists, artists, medical professionals, and scholars following performances of Eve Ensler’s In the Body of the World.
Discussion Series & Surveillance Cinema
A series of special panel discussions around questions of surveillance, totalitarianism, and the role of technology in popular uprisings co-hosted by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School following performances of 1984.
Really, Really Free Discussion Series
Policy makers, activists, and scholars participated in moderated discussions that took a deeper look at the issues raised in Eve Ensler’s O.P.C.
Witness Uganda cast members were joined by experts and scholars who reflected on the themes of the show and discussed their own research and work.