Free, reservations required
Arts in Action: U.S.-Russian Relations, Then and Now
Sunday, February 25 | 6pm
Alice Rotunda at Goodman Theatre
Join Noah Bookbinder, the Executive Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), in a free moderated conversation that delves deep into the complicated relationship between the U.S. and Russia/Soviet Union. Bookbinder will discuss these complicated relationships during the Reagan and Gorbachev era (as explored in Blind Date) and current events with the Trump and Putin administrations. The conversation will also explore the many resonances between current events and the Goodman's upcoming production of Henrik Ibsen's timely classic An Enemy of the People.
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Noah Bookbinder became CREW’s Executive Director in March 2015. Prior to joining CREW, he served from 2013 to 2015 as Director of the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at the United States Sentencing Commission, where he helped guide the Commission on important policy decisions including its historic 2014 action to reduce sentences for most federal drug offenders.
Before that, Bookbinder served as Chief Counsel for Criminal Justice for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, where he worked from 2005 to 2013. In that position, he advised Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on a wide variety of criminal justice issues, ranging from corruption and fraud to sentencing, corrections, and forensic science reform. He worked on legislation including the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, and the Second Chance Act
Jan 20 - Feb 25, 2018 | In the Albert
Before Twitter, Tinder and 24/7 news, two of history’s most enigmatic leaders—Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev—meet to halt the arms race. A crafty game of one-upmanship ensues, while their wives engage in a passive-aggressive tango over tea. “A fresh and funny talent” (Backstage), playwright Rogelio Martinez “finds new twists on old topics” (Variety) in this compulsively fascinating, slyly comic backstage glimpse of a 20th century landmark event.
Mar 10 - Apr 15, 2018 | In the Albert
When a water contamination crisis puts their community in peril, two brothers face off in a battle of political ambitions and moral integrity. Nearly 150 years after Ibsen's masterpiece first thrilled audiences, it "is startling how current the play's ideas feel" (The New York Times) and remains "a play so necessary, exhilarating to experience." (The Village Voice).