Wednesday, October 31, 2012

nov 3 | wittenberg | coffee and characters

WITTENBERG opens tonight! You know what that means - it's almost time for our next Subscriber Appreciation Saturday! This one will be a doozy - called COFFEE AND CHARACTERS, you'll get a window into the three main characters in the show: Hamlet, Martin Luther, and Dr. Faustus, then get a special coffee tasting and demonstration.

Wittenberg is a dizzying and stimulating romp through history, literature, philosophy, and science. To help guide us through the history of Wittenberg, we've invited three scholars to speak on each of the main characters featured in the play, along with a JJ Bean coffee tasting.

The speakers are Shakespeare scholar Julie Sutherland, who will shed light on Hamlet's ethics and philosophy, Regent professor John Stackhouse, who will address Martin Luther, and director Stephen Drover, who will bring us more understanding on Dr. Faustus. With Ron Reed back in the facilitators seat, it's sure to be a warm and stimulating afternoon.

Wonder where the coffee comes in? Wittenberg features a particularly silly coffee joke - once you see the show all will become clear!

RSVP required for this event!

We have limited availability due to the coffee tasting, so please RSVP to Kaitlin by Wednesday, October 31st by emailing


John Stackhouse - is a leading interpreter of Christianity. He has lectured on contemporary Christianity at Edinburgh, Fudan, Harvard, Queen’s, Stanford, and Yale universities, among many others. He has given expert testimony to the Canada Revenue Agency, the British Columbia Supreme Court, and the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. And he has conducted seminars for Christian conferences, churches, and student groups from Virginia to Vancouver.

Julie Sutherland - an award-winning university lecturer and long-time theatre practitioner who is well-versed in Shakespeare and in the art of making Shakespeare comprehensible (and even enjoyable). Julie is driven by the belief that the idolatry of Shakespeare has been counterproductive. Superstardom may have helped Justin Bieber, but it seems to have made Shakespeare about as popular as a root canal. Let her help you change your view of Bill!

Stephen Drover - Stephen was trained as an actor at Memorial University’s Sir Wilfred Grenfell College where he received a BFA in Acting. For two years he was an Associate Director for Theatre Newfoundland Labrador and later taught at the Neptune Theatre School in Halifax. He attended UBC’s Theatre Program and received an MFA in Directing. Since then he regularly returns to Memorial as a visiting assistant professor/director, has assistant directed at the Stratford Festival, and conducted new play development workshops at Playwright’s Theatre Centre in Vancouver. Stephen is co-founder and Artistic Director of Pound of Flesh Theatre in Vancouver whose mandate is to produce alternative productions of classical plays. He is the recipient of the 2007 Ray Michael Award for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director.

JJ Bean - Tasting coffee goes hand-in-hand with roasting. We taste coffee to select the best ones, and to find the ideal roast profile for each kind. We also taste coffee because it's a lot of fun. Now you have an opportunity to join in on the experience! JJ Bean hosts public coffee tastings at different JJ Bean caf├ęs every week. Come taste some of our best coffee, and learn about coffee selection, and what professional coffee cuppers look for in good coffee. All coffee lovers are welcome! Here is our current schedule. Times are approximate, and dependent on turnout.

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