Post-Show Discussion: PARADE
APRIL 2, 2017
Following this matinee performance, audience members will have an opportunity to participate in a moderated discussion with special guests Al Munzer and Bishop Gene Robinson, along with members of the cast and artistic team of PARADE. Post-Show Discussions are free for all ticket holders.
LOVE versus hate
“Even in a sea of evil, it is possible for people to do the right thing and stand up for what is right.” -Alfred Munzer
Dr. Al Munzer
In July of 1942, Germans began mass deportations of nearly 100,000 Jews from the occupied Netherlands to the east, primarily Auschwitz, a network of Nazi concentration camps in German-annexed regions that had previously been part of Poland.
This marked the beginning of a harrowing season for Dr. Munzer’s family. They were forced to split up and go into hiding. Munzer was just an infant, and while he remained well-hidden with a family friend for more than three years, his two older sisters were eventually deported to Auschwitz and exterminated three days after their arrival. His parents were also deported to Auschwitz in 1943, where they were separated and sent to other labor camps. His father died shortly after being liberated from a Nazi death camp. Munzer and his mother immigrated to the United States in 1958.
Dr. Munzer lives in Washington, DC with his partner of over 34 years, Joel Wind. They were married in 2013. Recently retired, he is the former president of the medical staff at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md. He is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary disease medicine. He devotes much of his time to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson
Bishop Robinson is a champion for human rights, and as the first priest in an openly gay relationship to be consecrated a bishop in a major Christian denomination. He was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire on June 7, 2003, having served as Canon to the Ordinary (assistant to the bishop) for nearly 18 years. He was consecrated a bishop on All Saints Sunday, November 2, 2003, and was invested as the Ninth Bishop of New Hampshire on March 7, 2004. His story is featured in the 2007 feature-length documentary, “For the Bible Tells Me So,” and his book In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God (Seabury Books, New York) was released in 2008.
He is the co-author of three AIDS education curricula for youth and adults, and has done AIDS work in the United States and in Africa (Uganda and South Africa). He has also been an advocate for antiracism training in the diocese and wider church. Bishop Robinson has been particularly active in the area of full civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Working at the state, national, and international levels, he has spoken and lobbied for equal protection under the law and full civil marriage rights. He has been honored by many LGBT organizations for this work, including the Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, GLAAD, and the Equality Forum.
Bishop Robinson was invited by Barack Obama to give the invocation at the opening inaugural ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009. In 2012, he authored God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage, and a feature-length documentary on Bishop Robinson’s ministry, “Love Free or Die,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival that same year. He is currently the Bishop-in-Residence at St. Thomas’ Parish Episcopal Church in Dupont Circle.
Mr. Lee is an award-winning actor and singer who is currently gracing the Keegan stage with his portrayal of Jim Conley in PARADE. He has also appearedwith the Open Circle Theatre: The Who’s Tommy; Landless Theater Company: Symphonic Metal: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Sweeney Todd: Prog Metal Version; Dominion Stage: Dreamgirls, Boys in the Band; Little Theater of Alexandria: The Full Monty, Ragtime, The Rocky Horror Show; Creative Cauldron: Thunder Knocking on the Door, Once On This Island, Caroline, Or Change ; Port City Playhouse: Blues for an Alabama Sky. Mr. Lee is graduate of Virginia Tech University and received his Masters of Education from George Mason University. Mr. Lee is also an Educator with the Fairfax County School system.