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December 2018

A Sheen Center Christmas with Jamie Parker

Monday, December 17, 2018 @ 7PM

This year's celebration will feature a children's choir singing carols, a reading of the classic poem "Twas The Night Before Christmas" by Broadway's Harry Potter and Tony Nominee, Jamie Parker!

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Civility in America: On Campus

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 @ 7:00PM

Princeton Professors Robert P. George and Cornel West discuss the importance of freedom of speech in the search for truth, both on campus and in wider society

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January 2019

Finding My Father’s Auschwitz Files

Sunday, January 27, 2019 @ 3PM

On International Holocaust Day of Remembrance, Dr. Allen Hershkowitz and special guests will read from his memoir about finding his father's Auschwitz records.

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Poetry in America: One Art by Elizabeth Bishop

Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 7:30PM

The live version of the PBS show will examine Elizabeth Bishop's poem "One Art." Host Elisa New welcomes guests, including singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, who will sing as part of the show, and poet Gregory Orr, as they discuss and interpret the poem.

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February 2019

Mississippi Burning: 30th Anniversary Screening and Panel

Monday, February 4, 2019 @ 4:30PM

A screening of the Oscar-nominated civil rights era thriller followed by a panel discussion with producer Frederick Zollo

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Lena Hall

Saturday, February 9, 2019 @ 8PM

Tony Award winner Lena Hall shares her most unforgettable - and regrettable - musical theater auditions, featuring songs from Wicked, Cats, Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Rent, and more.

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Inside Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 7PM

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations with John T. McQuillen, Ph.D. of the Morgan Library and Holly Ordway, Ph.D.

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Author’s Night: Sr. Nancy Usselmann, FSP

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 7PM

How should Christians engage the popular media culture? By becoming a mystic! Sr. Nancy Usselmann challenges Christians to delve into the theological tradition of the Church as the root and foundation for recognizing the beauty of God present in all that is human -- including pop culture.

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Haunted Files (Eugenics)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 7PM & 9PM

An immersive evening of theater that recreates through audience interaction, performance, and talkback the little-known history of scientific racism in America. A post-show panel discussion follows.

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Forgiveness Makes You Free

Friday, February 22, 2019 @ 7:30PM

The premiere of the documentary about Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga, a Catholic priest in Rwanda whose mission is to bring forgiveness, peace and reconciliation to the people of Rwanda through God’s word and healing. Followed by a panel discussion with Fr. Ubald and others.

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Improv for Everyone

February 25 - April 1, 2019 @ 6:30PM

If you are new or want to tune your tools, our introduction to improv concentrates on connections and how to stay grounded. We'll focus on character creation, object/environment work, and most importantly, working as an ensemble. We believe improvisation can be used in everyday life; whether you are performing on the stage, priming for an audition, or connecting with co-workers.

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Improv for Everyone II: Grounded

February 27 - April 3, 2019 @ 6:30PM

Go to the next level of improv with impressions and impersonations as well as expanding your physical abilities in this course taught by improv pros Paul Valenti and Adam Hamway

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March 2019

Humanité: The Beloved Community

Sunday, March 3, 2019 @ 7PM

Saxophonist and composer Kirk Whalum and documentary director Jim Hanon's musical celebration channels the ethos of civil rights in a raw and compassionate bid for global harmony.

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Eileen Ivers

Thursday March 7, 2019 @ 7:30PM

Join award-winning fiddler Eileen Ivers and her band as she celebrates all things Irish in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

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Breakthrough – Exclusive Sneak Peek

Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 7PM

A sneak preview of the new film starring Chrissy Metz as a woman whose 14-year-old son falls into an icy Missouri lake, dies, and regains a pulse immediately after his desperate mother prays for a miracle. Followed by a conversation with the director, producer, and stars.

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Author’s Night: Sohrab Ahmari

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 7PM

Journalist Sohrab Ahmari tells of life as a teenager under the Iranian ayatollahs and deciding there was no God. Nearly 20 years later, he would be received into the Roman Catholic Church. The debut of a compelling new Catholic voice.

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Oz at 80

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 7PM

A big screen showing of the The Wizard of Oz followed by behind-the-screen stories of the making of the family classic with author, historian, and Judy Garland and Oz expert John Fricke.

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Becca Stevens

Friday, March 22, 2019 @ 8PM

Becca Stevens, an artist who moves effortlessly between jazz, classical and indie-folk, brings her multitudinous musical gifts to the Loreto Theater after more than a year away from New York City.

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Pope vs Hitler

Saturday, March 30, 2019 @ 7PM

Back by popular demand! The Vatican's silence in the face of Nazi atrocities remains controversial. But a key part of the story was untold -- the Vatican's covert effort to assassinate the Fuhrer. This special event, followed by a discussion with director Chris Casell, is for Sheen Center members only and purchasers of tickets to the play All Our Children.

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April 2019

Backstage Broadway: Kiss Me Kate

Monday, April 1, 2019 @ 7PM

A backstage look at the revival of Cole Porter's classic musical Kiss Me Kate, starring Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase. Guests will include stars and members of the production team.

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All Our Children

A terrible crime is taking place in a clinic for disabled children. One brave voice is raised in objection. But will the anyone listen?

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Backstage Broadway: Be More Chill

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 7PM

A backstage look at the new musical Be More Chill, featuring composer-lyricist Joe Iconis

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The Divine Plan: Reagan, John Paul II and the Dramatic End of the Cold War

Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 7PM

Director Robert Orlando reveals one of the least-known stories of the 20th century, full of international intrigue, in which an unlikely pair -- a president and a pope -- set in motion a plot to topple the Soviet Empire.

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May 2019

An Intimate Evening with Douglas Ridloff of American Sign Language Poetry

Tuesday May 7, 2019 @ 8PM

Join Douglas Ridloff and special guests from the critically acclaimed ASL SLAM for an evening of unique storytelling and poetry performed through American Sign Language (ASL).

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June 2019

The Sheen Center Theater Festival

The third annual Sheen Center Theater Festival celebrates the voices of emerging and established Catholic playwrights this year featuring work by established playwrights William Baer, Erik Ehn, Caridad Svich, Nathan Yungerberg.

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