Join us for conversation and lunch at the Obermann Center library with theater artist and Creative Matters lecturer KJ Sanchez. We have space for 15 guests and will accept names in the order in which they register.KJ Sanchez is the founder and CEO of American Records, dedicated to making theater that chronicles our time. Her work is deeply rooted in oral history and other documentarian tools and techniques. She was recently commissioned by the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis to create a documentary play about refugees, immigrants and support or opposition of their resettlement in the Twin Cities. Based on extensive interviews with a multitude of unheard voices, Sanchez will construct a script to pose critical questions: Who are we as Americans as defined by how we accept or refuse refuge to immigrants? What are the risks? What are the gains? Who are these refugees and why do they come to us for help? How is immigration in Minnesota different or the same today as it was decades ago?
An associate professor at University of Texas-Austin, Sanchez's directing credits include Off-Broadway works such as Unity 1918 by Kevin Kerr, Kristoffer Diaz's The Upstairs Concierge at The Goodman, and Quiara Hudes' Water by the Spoonful. She is director, co-author, and producer of ReEntry, performed at theaters across the country and over 50 military bases and hospitals in the United States and abroad.
On Thursday, September 7, at 5:30 p.m., Sanchez will deliver the first Creative Matters lecture of 2017–18 at Hancher Auditorium. She'll speak about the work of her company, American Records, her work concerning the concussion crisis in American football (X's and O's: A Football Love Story), and her forthcoming production about immigration for the Guthrie.
Sanchez's lecture and her week-long residency in the UI Theatre Department is the first event in Hancher's Embracing Complexity series, which seeks to build textured knowledge of Islamic cultures, while creating a greater sense of empathy for the experiences of peoples of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.
The Obermann lunch is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. If you'd like to attend, please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/fRzQG8iIdaPMoz752.