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Throughout the 20th century, African Americans and Jews shared in the struggle against violence and bigotry and joined in the fight for civil and human rights.

These collaborations forever changed the world’s political and cultural landscapes.

The August Wilson Center in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh presents the second Great Collaborations town hall meeting. A seven-month series of cultural programs encompassing three performances, a major art exhibit and a series of Town Hall Meetings, Great Collaborations explores past collaborations with the hope of creating dialogue that leads to collaborations in the future.

Great Collaborations programs:

Visual Art & Exhibitions: The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936
Through February 28, 2013 | Tuesday – Saturday | 11 am - 6 pm
General: $ 8 | Students/Seniors: $4 | Members: FREE
This stirring exhibition, on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and
presented in collaboration with the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater
Pittsburgh, explores the courage and triumph of athletes who boycotted, participated in, or were barred from the Games.

Music: A Gershwinter Night
December 29| 8 pm | Tickets start at $25
December 30| 2 pm | Tickets start at $25
A once-in-a-lifetime concert, featuring the Sean Jones International All-Star Quintet with special guest Eli Degibri, the famed Israeli saxophonist and Director of the Red Sea Jazz Festival. To round out the super-star quintet, we will feature the unstoppable Roger Humphries on drums; globe-trotting bassist-extraordinaire Dwayne Dolphin; the sweetest piano in Pittsburgh, Alton Merrell, and the incomparable Sean Jones on trumpet. This presentation will be a tribute to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, including selections from the classic opera, Porgy and Bess.

Theatre: The Sisters Grey by Gab Cody and Lori Roper
March 22 – March 24 & March 29 – 31 | 8 pm | $25
Two sisters in law - one African American and one Jewish -- both believe their family histories of racial oppression require retribution and sacrifice from others. A funeral, an heirloom ring which survived the Holocaust and a bevy of secrets set the stage for turmoil in this comedy that asks why we still question love outside our own tribe.

Dance: Paving the Road of Survival
April 12 & 13 | 8 pm | $25
Dare and Dread. Surprise and Suspense. The August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble journeys through two distinct times in history, and discover individual and collective strengths through our heart-wrenching pasts. A celebration of the Great Collaborations, this performance features "The List" choreographed by Christopher Huggins and "Dedication" choreographed by Kevin lega Jeff.

Town Hall Meetings - Free and open to the public

Tainted Games: The Politics of Race in the 1936 Berlin Olympics
December 27 | 5:30 – 7:30
| Jewish Community Center (5738 Forbes Ave.)
Guest Speaker: Dr. David Clay Large, Author: “Nazi Games, The Olympics of 1936”. A reaction panel will follow his presentation featuring Sala Udin, Joy Braunstein and Holocaust Educator Jason Russo.

The Birth of the NAACP and National Urban League:
A Model for 21st Century African American and Jewish Community Cooperation

February 21, 2013 | 5:30 – 7:30
| August Wilson Center (980 Liberty Ave.)
Guest Speakers: Dr. Esther Bush, President, Pittsburgh Urban League
Constance Parker, President, Pittsburgh NAACP
Gregg Roman, Director, Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Political Maturity – Yes We Can, 1970 – 2009
April 4, 2013 (Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassination) | 5:30 – 7:30
| Homewood Carnegie Library Auditorium (7010 Hamilton Ave.)
Guest Speaker: To Be Announced

Tickets for all above events can be purchased by visiting; calling 412.456.6666 or visiting the Theatre Square or August Wilson Center box office.

For information, please contact Stacey White at, or 412-338-8725.