A solo conversation with Rajesh Bose examining race in America and asking the question, “How exactly do we go high?”
Followed by a community discussion facilitated by Riaz Patel.
Part of the Luna Stage Voting Writes Project, a series of interdisciplinary performance events celebrating civic participation in advance of the 2020 election. View the full schedule of events at www.lunastage.org/votingwrites
Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Rajesh Bose is an actor based in New York City. Off-Broadway and regional favorites include: The Crucible (Bedlam Theatre), Henry VI (NAATCO), Pygmalion (Bedlam), Against The Hillside (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Indian Ink (Roundabout), Oslo (St. Louis Rep), Mary Stuart (Folger Theatre), Guards at the Taj (Capital Stage), Disgraced (Playmakers Rep, Huntington Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre – Connecticut Critics Circle Award, IRNE Nomination), The Who & The What (Gulfshore Playhouse) and The Invisible Hand (Westport Country Playhouse, Hartford TheaterWorks). Film & Television: “Quantico”, “Blacklist”, “Blue Bloods”, “Elementary”, “Damages”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Madame Secretary”, “The Good Wife”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “Criminal Minds”, the series finale of “The Sopranos”, and the Academy Award nominated film Frozen River.
Riaz Patel is an Executive Producer of TV projects that create ‘perspective-shifting’ experiences for real people. He has been nominated for two Emmy-Awards, an NAACP Image Award, and a Women’s Image Network (WIN) Award. His shows have been filmed in twenty-one countries and are distributed worldwide by companies like Discovery, A&E, NBC/Universal, Netflix, MTV, and Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
In reaction to the growing “divide” in America – and our social media-induced communication crisis – Riaz created The EPIC System, a new framework that changes how we talk about divisive issues. His EPIC System has been profiled by Forbes, The Washington Post, CNN, The Blaze, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post and is currently taught at universities, high schools, companies, and places of worship.
He hosts a weekly talk show on Facebook/YouTube called 4 CHAIRS where he applies EPIC to conversations about divisive topics between 4 total strangers from all over America. Even with completely opposing viewpoints they enjoy a connecting conversation that is both label-shedding & echo-chamber-breaking.