2013.01.08 > For Immediate Release
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UNO Schwalb Center to Host Popular "Black-Jew Dialogues"
Omaha - The Black-Jew Dialogues (BJD), which has toured the U.S., Canada and the U.K., will bring its unique blend of entertainment and education to the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
The Black-Jew Dialogues is written and performed by Emmy-award winner Ron Jones and stage veteran Larry Jay Tish. The 1 p.m. performance at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom is being co-hosted by the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies and UNO Department of Black Studies. The event is free and open to the public.
“We at the Schwalb Center are very excited about the opportunity to introduce this dynamic and engaging show to our students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the broader Omaha community,” noted Moshe Gershovich, Ph.D. and director of the Schwalb Center. “I’ve seen Ron and Larry in action a few months ago at Peru State College and I’m looking forward to seeing them again on our campus.”
Through fast-paced sketches, improvisations, puppetry, multimedia, a game show and post-show discussion, the BJD is not just a theater event. It is a program designed to promote the vital conversation about diversity and the changing face of America.
“The 2012 election pointed out some important trends that we should be talking about and dealing with,” Jones said. The show has been praised by The Boston Globe for its ability to “get to the heart of what divides people.”
“The Department of Black Studies is looking forward to facilitating this important dialogue for students across cultural, ethnic, and religious lines and encouraging in general social communities towards more constructive communicative interchange and more building of common ground,” added Nikitah Imani, department chair for Black Studies.
Through its effective use of provocative satire and social commentary the show has gained a wide appeal in high schools, colleges, and community and religious organizations. The cross-cultural and cross-generational appeal has made BJD one of the premier programs on the college circuit.
Though the subject matter is weighty, the approach is light, Jones and This use humor to shred taboos and stereotypes held by their audiences.
"After they’ve laughed together at the absurdity of bigotry and hate their appetite to talk has been stirred,” Tish said.
A day before their UNO visit, the BJD will be performing for students and faculty of Iowa Western Community College. Following the Omaha show, the duo will continue touring to more than 25 cities in the U.S. and Canada, with more shows to be added.
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