CENTER HIGHLIGHT: 10/26 David Robinson in the House!


This Wednesday evening we’ll be hosting NBA Hall of Famer and all around good guy David Robinson! He is going to speak in the Leighton as part of Notre Dame’s Race Relations Week. Should be a terrific event! If you’re not working it and want to attend please feel free to go to for free tickets.



Here is ND’s press release on this special week:

racialjusticeNotre Dame Student Government explores race relations with engagement events

As part of the goal to foster meaningful dialogue on the topic of race relations on campus and in the community, University of Notre Dame students are hosting Race Relations Week 2016. Led by Notre Dame Student Government and supported by a number of campus organizations, the purpose of Race Relations Week is to offer a variety of opportunities to promote meaningful discourse on racial justice at Notre Dame and in South Bend from a wide range of perspectives.

Race Relations Week begins Oct. 24 (Monday) with a solo drama titled “The Cop,” written by Rev. Harry Cronin, C.S.C., about a police officer who explores his own racism and bias in his professional and personal lives when faced with the unexpected challenge of raising his bi-racial grandchild. The play will be performed by actor Brad Erickson of Theatre Bay Area from San Francisco, the largest regional theater service organization in North America. The play begins at 7 p.m. and will be performed at Legends. The event is co-sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Center for Social Concerns.

On Oct. 26 (Wednesday), a panel discussion will focus on areas of opportunity within the context of racial justice. Speakers will include David Robinson, former NBA star; David Krashna, Notre Dame’s first African-American student body president; Christina Brooks, City of South Bend diversity and inclusion officer; and Maria and Gabby Muñoz, twins who have experienced life as undocumented students at Notre Dame. The panel conversation will be held in Leighton Concert Hall of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, beginning at 7 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of the President. Tickets are free, but advanced registration is required.

“We want participants to think critically about the intersection of race, faith, community relations and education during these events,” said Corey Robinson, student body president. “We hope that these events will move the conversation forward with real solutions here on campus and in the broader South Bend community.”

Race Relations Week events are free and open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Additional sponsors of Race Relations Week include the Multicultural Student Programs and Services and the Diversity Council of Notre Dame.


CENTER HIGHLIGHT: 10/27 It Can’t Happen Here will happen here!

itcanthappenhere_vertical_color_small_for_webThursday night brings us another special event: a staged reading of It Can’t Happen Here. The reading will take place in the Philbin and is being directed by our Shakespeare at Notre Dame friend and colleague Aaron Nichols! Here is more info:

Adapted by Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen from the novel by Sinclair Lewis


Part of A Nationwide Reading led by Berkeley Repertory Theatre

In 1935, Sinclair Lewis wrote It Can’t Happen Here, a novel that imagines the rise of fascism in America. Concerned about race riots, a huge income gap between the rich and the poor, the stigmatizing of immigrants, global terror, and a right-wing extremist running for president, the novel reads like it was ripped out of today’s headlines. Whether he’s describing Buzz Windrip, the demagogue who wins the presidency based on the promise of making our country great again, or Doremus Jessup, a liberal newspaper editor who simply waits too long to take Windrip seriously, Lewis’ understanding of our political system was precise and far-reaching.

In 1936, the novel was adapted into a play and theatres across the country opened productions on the same night – October 27, 1936. To commemorate the 80th anniversary of those productions, FTT joins regional theatres, universities, and communities across the country in presenting a staged reading of a new adaptation by Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Tony Taccone and screenwriter Bennett S. Cohen.

This new adaptation of Lewis’s classic had its world premiere performance at Berkeley Rep on September 30, 2016. FTT’s reading will be directed by Aaron Nichols and feature a cast of both Notre Dame students and members of the South Bend community.

A Nationwide Reading is made possible thanks to the generous support of Barbara and Rodgin Cohen and Orin Kramer and is presented in cooperation with the Sinclair Lewis Estate. FTT’s reading is sponsored by Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre, the Notre Dame Debate Team, and Notre Dame’s Department of American Studies.


cvscOn Friday October 28th in anticipation of the return of the Miami Hurricanes to Notre Dame Stadium there is a special screening of a brand new ESPN 30 for 30 Documentary. The film, directed by ND alum Patrick Creadon, is titled Catholics vs. Convicts. It is about the classic rivalry between the two schools.

Click here to check out the official page on ESPN’s website:


2012-01-11-disruptive-behavior-disorderWe want to give a shout out to the usher who, during the John Blacklow recital, asked the family of the noisy child to please take the child to the lobby. It really makes a difference to the other patrons’ enjoyment of the performance. When there’s any disturbance during a performance, the patrons first look to the ushers to do something about it. So if any patron is causing a problem for those around them please use your best judgment to help quell the situation. If it is something that requires extra help please don’t hesitate to call on the House Manager or Student House Manager. Thanks!

TIP OF THE WEEK: Coat Check!


This month we’ll have to put Coat Check back into the mix (I know…boooo!!!) so I wanted to give you a little refresher. We’re planning to start regularly staffing it after Fall Break but we’ll do it earlier if a sudden cold front rolls through town. Here are some reminders:


  • Collect, store, and return items dropped off by patrons.
  • Provide patrons with coat check numbered tag, keeping the other numbered tag with checked item and the hanger that also has the number marked on it.
  • Keep the hangers in numerical order when hanging up the coats.
  • Answer patron questions regarding venue facilities and event details.
  • Inform house management of any security, medical, or other problems.
  • In case of emergency evacuation, close coat check immediately so patrons don’t try to get their coats before evacuating. Priority is to get patrons out quickly and safely.
  • Help assist House Manager or Student House Manager with additional patron services as required, i.e. getting a wheelchair or Assistive Listening Device if needed.
  • Keep coat check clean and organized at all times.
  • Please return to coat check at intermission as well as at end of the show.
  • Restore coat check area at end of shift by organizing docent materials and re-organizing and re-tagging hangers in the racks as necessary.

TIP OF THE WEEK: Cinema Patron Behavior!


interruptWe received a complaint regarding patrons’ behavior during a film and want to make sure we are on top of this and minimize distractions during screenings. Last year we instituted having an usher walk up and down the aisle at least once during a shift to make sure no one is using electronic devices or talking. It seems that this practice has not been done and we need to make it a habit.

Please make sure that at least one of the ushers working the shift does the mid-film walk down the aisle. We will be having the student do this as well, so determine before the house opens which usher is going to do the walk up and down the aisle (most likely the inside usher) and make sure it is the opposite side of the student. Please do your walk at different times and coordinate this with the student beforehand.

This hopefully will encourage patrons to put away their devices visually so we don’t have to go to them personally, as that causes a distraction too. We know this won’t stop everyone but please use your best judgment when encountering a disruptive patron as to not cause more of a disruption.

The projectionist or whomever is introducing the film should mention to put away electronic devices pre-show, but ticket scanning ushers please also mention this to patrons as they are entering the venue. If we reinforce it enough, hopefully some patrons will get a clue.

Some screenings (like this season’s Tuesday night screenings) are films for a class that are also open to the public. The students who are there might be treating it as a class. As this perhaps isn’t a film they would normally go see, they might be disinterested and more likely to cause a distraction. Be especially aware in these screenings as there are regular paying patrons among them that are on a night out to see an engaging film, as opposed to a class requirement.

Please remember that while you can still enjoy the film on these shifts, always know that your first priority is to the patrons and that we do our best to ensure that they have a positive experience in our building. Thanks!

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: 10/11 Staged Reading: PALOMA by Anne García-Romero

paloma_flyerv2_small_for_webThis Tuesday night in the Philbin we’ll be hosting a special reading of the play “Paloma” written by FTT professor Anne Garcia-Romero. It is free but ticketed. Here is some info on this special event:

A play about interfaith relationships, faith, and love in a post 9/11 world.  

Directed by Alan Freeman and Written by Anne García-Romero

In 2004 New York City, Ibrahim, a Muslim, and Paloma, a Catholic, meet and fall in love while studying at NYU.  Inspired by a 11th century Spanish-Muslim meditation on the art of love, the young couple travels to Spain, seeking to overcome their religious differences which threaten to divide them. After tragedy strikes, Ibrahim must seek the help of his friend Jared, a young Jewish attorney, to clear his name.

Panel discussion immediately following the reading with:

Anne García-Romero, Alan Freeman and Ebrahim Moosa

The cast includes Ethan Rains, Carolyn Zeller, Jesse Einstein with Surenna Saffari and Stephanie Tucker