In the spirit of the dramaturgy of Mutual Aid we ask ourselves how can we be of use to one another during these times? How can we support each other and our communities? How do we use arts experiences to bring us together and celebrate their power?

Arts Together | Hamilton Conversations began as a response to the pandemic, when we had to cancel upcoming programs and close our doors. But as a community, we still wanted—and needed—to come together to experience art in meaningful ways.


July 22, 2020
Meet Donna Hoke
This spring, Arts at the Palace was making plans to develop Donna’s wonderful new play Hearts of Stone for a world-premiere production at the Palace Theater. When it became clear COVID restrictions would preclude live performance, Donna connected Arts at the Palace with Women’s Theatre Festival (Raleigh, NC), which was pioneering work with virtual storytelling. The two organizations decided to co-produce the play on a virtual platform. Let us gather online to meet Donna, discuss the development of Hearts of Stone, and learn more about her body of work and experience working as a playwright during the pandemic. We will be joined by Kyle Bass, Artistic Advisor for the From Script to Stage/Hearts of Stone project.

June 19, 2020
Yoga Play
Syracuse Stage was well on its way to start rehearsals for a wonderful new comedy by Dipika Guha. They’ve temporarily shut their doors but plan to open Yoga Play in the spring of 2021. Let us experience this work together now in anticipation. Read the play (before it has been published!) and gather online with Bob Hupp, Artistic Director of Syracuse Stage, to discuss this hilarious and timely work.

May 1, 2020
Much Ado About Nothing
As of April 19, 2020, New York City’s Public Theater has had to cancel its celebrated Shakespeare in the Park 2020 season. Let us celebrate and aid The Public by keeping Joseph Papp’s dream thriving. We ask community members to view The Public Theater’s 2019 Summer Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Kenny LeonThen join us for an hour-long online conversation about the play, the production, Shakespeare, and the challenges facing theater institutions near and far. Leading our discussion will be Jamil Jude, Artistic Director of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater, Atlanta, GA, and Margaret Maurer, William Henry Crawshaw Professor of Literature, Colgate University.