War with the Newts

War with the Newts

On Thursday, November 19, 2015, the Doyle Film & Culture Series collaborated with Georgetown’s Theater and Performance Studies Program and the Davis Performing Arts Center to host a post-show reception and dialogue following the War with the Newts production. The play, adapted and directed by Professor Natsu Onoda Power, is based on Karel Čapek’s satirical 1939 science fiction classic. Following the performance, Professor Power and the cast joined Georgetown faculty and audience members to discuss key themes in the play, including racial discrimination, labor inequality, animal welfare, and environmental issues. Georgetown faculty Colin Hickey (Philosophy), Leslie Hinkson (Sociology), and James Olsen (Philosophy) facilitated the discussions. Participants raised important questions about the antagonistic newt-human relationship depicted in the play, noted exceptions to that antagonistic dynamic, as well as what the play can teach us about the cycles of colonization, oppression, activism, and uprising in history.


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