Season 29

Symposium Series

Immediately following each Sunday matinee, we will invite the audience to stay for a discussion centered around a particular question raised by the performance.  Each Sunday will feature different community guests who offer distinct perspectives.  Below is the current schedule for the Warped Symposium Series:

Admission to the Symposium Series is free, but it is recommended that attendees have seen the production in order to fully appreciate and participate in the discussion.

Sunday, September 8: Why do people remember things differently from each other, and what causes memories to change?
Dr. Shari Berkowitz is an Assistant Professor of Forensic Psychology at Roosevelt University, where she teaches courses and conducts research on the malleability of human memory. She completed her BA and PhD at the University of California, Irvine where she studied with the world’s leading expert on memory distortion, Dr. Elizabeth Loftus. Dr. Berkowitz has consulted as an expert witness on legal cases involving eyewitness memory.

Sunday, September 15: Subscriber Appreciation Sunday
For one performance of each production we allow subscribers to bring a friend for free and invite them to stay afterwards for a discussion with the artists.  Only subscribers get the guest ticket, but anyone can stay for the discussion, which will feature Warped playwright Barbara Lhota and director Jason A. Fleece.

Sunday, September 22: How do societal pressures shape the behavior of people who bring accusations of sexual assault?
Dr. Gail Stern is an educator and curriculum developer with nearly 20 years of experience in violence prevention education and advocacy. She currently serves as the Director of Consulting, Education and Training of Catharsis Productions, and is the co-author and co-producer of the non-stranger rape prevention program, Sex Signals, which is presented hundreds of times at universities and military installations each year.

Sharmili Majmudar is the Executive Director of Rape Victim Advocates, our Partner for Action for Warped.   RVA is a Chicago non-profit committed to ensuring that survivors of sexual assault are treated with dignity and compassion, and dedicated to affecting changes in the way the legal system, medical institutions and society as a whole respond to survivors.

Sunday, September 29: How does the legal system deal with conflicting accounts and unreliable testimony?
Jeffrey Urdangen led his own criminal defense firm for over two decades before joining the Northwester n Law School’s clinic faculty in 2003.He has been lead counsel in dozens of jury trials in both State and Federal court, and he has extensive experience in the representation of persons charged with capital crimes. He has lectured widely to lawyer groups on the subjects of trial tactics, wrongful convictions, and indigent defense. His pro bono work over the years on behalf of numerous notable and unjustly accused defendants has been a recognized contribution to the Chicago area legal community.