Pointed Conversations invites members of the community to further engage with our artistic work through discussion on the themes and ideas of our current production. Facilitated by community partners, we investigate a range of topics pertaining to the show to process the performance and the conversation it inspires. With events held at the theater and in the surrounding neighborhood, Pointless aims to fulfill the second half of its mission - to nurture a diverse, active, and inspired audience.

All events are free and open to the public. RSVP suggested for most events; required for student workshops.

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Join us as we gain a deeper understanding of our collective experience brought about by the events of the DC Sniper. These events are made possible by a grant from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Story District

Fri. May 10th, 7:30 - 9:00PM
Story District

An evening of storytelling exploring the topics surrounding  gun violence.

The performance will feature personal accounts of surviving gun violence as well as locals recalling their experiences during the 2002 DC sniper attacks. Hosted by Story District, who’s work aims to “build community, promote empathy, and enrich an understanding of our common humanity through the art of autobiographical storytelling.” Presented in partnership with Moms Demand Action.


Pointed Performances

Sat. June 8th, 4:30 - 6:30PM
Dance Loft on 14
Student Workshop - RSVP Required

An interactive workshop for high school and college students led by teaching artists from Arena Stage. Participants will attend a performance of Forest Treás and participate in a workshop to develop their own theatrical piece inspired by themes from Forest Treás.


Designing the Spectacle

Sun. June 9th, 8:30 - 9:30PM
Dance Loft on 14, Post-show discussion

A discussion focused on points of inspiration, motivation, and creative choices behind the design of Forest Treás, members of the production team will present research and early sketches of their designs, as well as take questions from the audience about the process of creating this original piece. Moderated by Pointless’ Co-Artistic Director, Patti Kalil.


Neighborhood Health & Safety

Mon. June 10th, 7:00 - 8:30PM
Petworth Library

A panel of health and safety experts discuss the resources available in our neighborhood. From physical and mental well-being to best practices for keeping our community safe, panelist will share valuable information with attendees to improve and protect the lives of Ward 4 residents. Following the panel discussion, members of the GW Art Therapy Alumni will lead a brief Art Therapy Workshop. Hosted by the Petworth Library and presented in partnership with GW Art Therapy Alumni, Moms Demand Action, and Brant Sports Nutrition.


Processing Public Grief & Trauma

Thur. June 13th, 9:30 - 10:30PM
Dance Loft on 14, Post-show discussion

A panel of clinicians and advocates in the field of grief therapy gather to discuss the impact of grief and trauma on the collective conscious. Presented in partnership with the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing and Moms Demand Action.


Investigating Journalistic Ethics

Wed. June 14th, 8:30 - 9:30PM
Dance Loft on 14, Post-show discussion

A panel of journalists discuss the the responsibilities of reporting during moments of public crisis. Moderated by Pulitzer Center Executive Editor, Indira Lakshmanan, panelists include: Rhitu Chatterjee,  Rodney Lamkey Jr., and Allison Shelley Presented in partnership with the Pulitzer Center with a mission to “promote in depth engagement with global affairs through its support of quality international journalism across all media platforms and an innovative program of outreach and education.”


Building a Broadcast

Wed. June 19th, 10:00 - 2:00PM
Gallaudet University - Merrill Learning Center B-130
Student Workshop - RSVP Required

Interactive video workshop for high school and college students to learn how to build a breaking news report. Students will be introduced to lighting techniques, audio needs, camera angles, writing copy, and on-air techniques. Presented in partnership with Gallaudet University.