Pound of Flesh: A Staged Reading

STARTS 5/8/2012 Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center
7pm Free, no reservations required.

Katie WatsonGoodman Theatre Presents a Staged Reading of

Pound of Flesh
By Katie Watson
Directed by Adam Belcuore

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Claudia Cassidy Theater
Chicago Cultural Center
77 E. Randolph St.
FREE, no reservations required.

Emily is an anxious Chicago liberal on a road trip in South Carolina, where her family once owned slaves. Though she finds an African American "cousin" and tries to make amends, her desire for an easy reconciliation is thwarted when she learns that Cheryl needs an organ donor. Ms. Watson’s play explores the state of integration in the age of Obama and asks, "What must we do to make up for the crimes of the past?"

The Cast

Beth Lacke  | Coby Goss | James Alfred | Barbara Robertson | Max Zuppa
Shanequa Beal | Brian Weddington | Tyla Abercrumbie
 | Bill McGough 

Playwright Katie Watson is an Assistant Professor in the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.

The reading will be followed by an audience discussion with a panel of Northwestern University professors on issues of race and medical ethics.

This event is co-sponsored by Goodman Theatre and the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, and is supported by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with DCA Theater and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.

Panelists include:
Michelle M. Wright was born in Rome, Italy, the daughter of an African American diplomat and a Polish-Czech American schoolteacher. Dr. Wright spent the majority of her childhood growing up overseas in Italy, Morocco, Holland and Belgium. In 1992 she received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Oberlin College, and a PhD in the same from the University of Michigan in 1997. Professor Wright works on issues of black identities in the U.S., Canada, Britain, the Caribbean, Germany, France, Italy and West African discourses. She is the author of Becoming Black: Creating Identity in the African Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2004), and is currently at work on a manuscript entitled The Physics of Blackness: Reconsidering the African Diaspora in the Postwar Era. Michelle M. Wright is currently anAssociate Professor of Black European and African Diaspora Studies in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University.

Dr. John Franklin is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Transplant, Surgery; and Associate Dean of Minority and Cultural Affairs at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He has a B.S. from Michigan State University, a M.D. degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Science in clinical epidemiology from Harvard University and is currently a master’s candidate in bioethics and humanities at Northwestern University. His psychiatric residency training was received at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. Dr. Franklin has served on the faculties of Cornell University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ) in New Jersey prior to coming to Northwestern, where he has been on faculty since 1993. For the past twenty years he has sub-specialized in addiction psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine and transplant psychiatry. He has been Director of Addiction Psychiatry and Director of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Services at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in addition to addiction psychiatry fellowship director. He specializes in transplant psychiatry and has served as the primary transplant psychiatrist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital since 1993.

Katie Watson is an Assistant Professor in the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program of NU’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where she teaches medical students ethics and law, and is a member of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Ethics Committee. The other half of her life is devoted to the performing arts: she is an adjunct faculty member at The Second City Training Center, a member of the country’s longest running all-female improv group Sirens, and a staff writer at The Paper Machete show as half of The History Girls. Katie has written and directed multiple sketch shows and War Is Bad: Sock Puppet Euripides, and has been awarded writing residencies at the Ragdale Artists’ Colony four times. At the medical school, her arts background informs her work as Founding Editor of the medical humanities and bioethics publication Atrium, and as creator of a unique improv seminar aimed at improving physician-patient communication skills.

Megan Crowley-Matoka, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program in Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.   Dr. Crowley-Matoka is a medical anthropologist who earned her doctoral degree from the University of California, Irvine and completed post-doctoral fellowship training in bioethics at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. She has worked extensively on the sociocultural issues involved in organ transplantation in the U.S., Mexico and Spain, with a particular focus on living kidney and liver donation.  Her research explores the myriad questions raised by transplantation regarding such core cultural categories as self and other, life and death, gift and commodity, and also engages the thorny questions of social justice and the distribution of scarce resources that transplantation inevitably provokes.  She is currently completing a book manuscript with Duke University Press on kidney transplantation in Mexico, tentatively entitled: Iconic Bodies: Imaginings of Self, State and Transplantation in Mexico.