DAHI Admin/ February 24, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

We want to make sure you’re aware of the upcoming series of events, discussions and performances of the UHM Department of Theater & Dance’s “Smile, Youʻre Under Surveillance.” You can dig up Edward Snowden’s 2013 revelations and you can read The Intercept religiously, but what could be better than experiencing a full dramaturgical immersion in these issues?

The process for Smile, You’re Under Surveillance! actually began years ago. After Edward Snowden’s 2013 revelations of the global surveillance apparatus utilized by the National Security Agency (NSA), Wessendorf, already interested in the subject of surveillance as a performance concept, was emboldened by the sweeping injustices that Snowden’s disclosures had brought to light. In April 2014, Wessendorf sent an email message with the subject heading “Wanted! Collaborators on ‘EDWARD SNOWDEN PROJECT’” to twenty local community members and began to “brainstorm” and develop dramaturgical ideas for a potential theatrical production with interested participants that fall. In July 2015, he organized a symposium on “Dramaturgies of Surveillance: Edward Snowden, the Security State, and the Theatre” at the University of Frankfurt, Germany.
–from the press release.

In addition to the performances, there will be a series of pre-show talks featuring visiting guests including Ben Wizner (Edward Snowden’s ACLU lawyer), Dr. Elise Morrison (Performance Studies, Texas A&M University), and James Harding (Performance Studies, University of Maryland). Join them and UHM’s own Suzanna Reiss (History), Michael Shapiro (Political Science), Markus Wessendorf (Theatre & Dance), and David Goldberg (American Studies, DAHI).

March 15, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 2017 at 7:30pm March 26 at 2:00pm
Kennedy Theatre 1770 East-West Rd. Honolulu, HI, 96822

$18 Regular $16 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff
$13 Students
$8 UH Mānoa Students with valid UHM ID

PURCHASE INFO: Tickets are available online at, by phone at (808) 944- 2697, at participating outlets, and at the Kennedy Theatre box office. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday during show weeks, with extended hours on performance dates.


3/16 at 6:30pm: pre-show talk Markus Wessendorf
3/17 at 6:30pm: pre-show talk Ben Wizner
3/17 at (approximately) 9:00pm: “Post Show Rap” with the production team
3/18 at 6:00pm: panel with Ben Wizner, Suzanna Reiss (Dept. of History/UHM), Michael Shapiro (Dept. of Political Science/UHM); moderator: Markus Wessendorf
3/24 at 6:30pm: pre-show talk Elise Morrison
3/25 at 6:30pm: pre-show talk James Harding
3/26 at noon: panel discussion with Elise Morrison, James Harding, and David Goldberg (Dept. of American Studies/UHM); moderator: Markus Wessendorf

Download the PRESS RELEASE

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