A Celebration of Women’s History Month: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart | Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

A Celebration of Women’s History Month: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart





PITTSBURGH, PA – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is thrilled to announce Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, a film screening and panel discussion in celebration of Women’s History Month. The screening will be held on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. A playwriting workshop focusing on women and diversity will be held in collaboration with the screening on March 27. This event is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in collaboration with the LakeArts Foundation.

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is the first-ever feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary journalist, activist and playwright who authored the groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun. The documentary portrays Hansberry’s lifetime commitment to fighting injustice and her use of art as a medium for activism.  Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart features Tony Award®- winning actress Anika Noni Rose as the voice of Hansberry, interviews with Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte and Louis Gossett, Jr. and narration by LaTanya Richardson Jackson. Filmmaker and Peabody Award-winner Tracy Heather Strain crafts the story of one woman who believed, like many of her generation, that words could change society.

The film will be followed by a moderated panel featuring the film’s executive producer Chiz Schultz, American University Professor and playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings, and Joi Gresham, Director and Trustee of the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust. After the panel, a reception will celebrate the film and the empowerment of women, including complimentary hors d’oeuvres and live music by female jazz trio, A.I.R., led by University of Pittsburgh’s Irene Monteverde.  

On March 27, building on the inspiration and legacy of Hansberry, the Trust will host a one-day playwriting workshop at the August Wilson Center focusing on diversity and women’s voices led by Caleen Sinnette Jennings. The workshop will explore how, like Hansberry, Jennings mined personal diaries, photo albums, interviews and research to pen her theatrical memoirs. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring one or two photos of people who have been meaningful in their lives. Writing exercises will lead to monologues which will be shared with other participants.

Tickets ($23.25) include admission to the screening, panel and reception, and are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at TrustArts.org, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. Workshop registration ($40) must be purchased separately at TrustArts.org.

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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District.  The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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