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[VIRTUAL] Yale SOM New York Vineyard Theatre Virtual Watch Party & Talkback

February 23, 2021, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm EST

Yale alumni and their guests are invited to attend an evening virtual watch party of two episodes from Vineyard Theatre's series, Lessons in Survival, which episodically features stories of trailblazing artists and activists such as James Baldwin, Miles Davis, Toni Morrison, and more. During the event attendees will join members of the production team for a special live talkback session. More info on the Vineyard Theatre, Lessons in Survival, and members of the production that we'll be fortunate enough to speak with during the talkback, many of whom are Yale alumni, is listed below.

As part of your admission to this event, you are also able to purchase access to the Vineyard Theatre’s full season of shows if you wish.


Vineyard Theatre is an Off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to nurturing the voices of daring artists, and to developing and producing work that pushes the boundaries of what theatre can be and do. One of the country’s preeminent centers for the creation of new plays and musicals, our work seeks to challenge and inspire all of us to see ourselves and our world from different perspectives.

Lessons in Survival Synopsis:

8 episodes of trailblazing artists and activists such as James Baldwin, Miles Davis, Toni Morrison, Bayard Rustin, Lorraine Hansberry and others who changed our country with their words. Lessons in Survival asks what these voices can teach us about our country now, and the opportunities for change that stand before us.

This collection of interviews and speeches from some of America’s most revolutionary artists and activists from the 1960’s-2000’s are brought to new life in and for our moment. Actors channel the original broadcasts on an in-ear feed and speak exactly what they hear.

A trailer for the series can be found on youtube here (

There is also a wonderful NY Times piece about the program linked below.


Episode Overviews:

EP 1: “Survival Is Not A One Time Decision”
Excerpts of conversations and speeches with Nina Simone (1968), Lorainne Hansberry (1964), and Audre Lorde and Blanche Cook (1982), tackling radicalism, survival, and the role of the artist in times of revolution. (Runtime: 27 minutes)
Featuring: Kalyne Coleman, Nicole Lewis, Deirdre O’Connell, Myra Lucretia Taylor

EP 3: “When You Say Revolution... What Do You Mean?”
Women leaders of the Civil Rights Movement: Angela Davis discusses the role of Communism in the Black Power Movement and breaks down the path to true revolution (1972 and 2008); Georgia Gilmore reflects on organizing the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1979); and Fannie Lou Hamer offers a critical diagnosis of the moral state of America in 1968. (Runtime: 35 minutes)
Featuring: Helen Cespedes, Crystal Dickinson, Ricardy Fabre, Nicole Lewis


Talkback participants (where available, full bios below):

  • Tyler Thomas (Co-Conceiver and Director)
  • Nicole Lewis (Actor), ’96 B.A.
  • Daniel Kluger (Composer, Sound Mixer), ’08 B.A.
  • Suzanne Appel, Managing Director, Vineyard Theatre, ’11 MBA, MFA
  • Trent Anderson, Director of Development, Vineyard Theatre, ’19 MBA, MFA

When: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 

  • 7:00pm Event begins with Viewing of Episode 1, “Survival Is Not A One Time Decision”
  • 7:30pm Talkback with Vineyard Team and Actors Q&A
  • 8:00pm Episode 3 Viewing, “When You Say Revolution... What Do You Mean?”