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On Meditation: Documenting the Inner Journey

Special Screenings

Saturday, August 6, 2016
4:00 PM–5:15 PM

2015, USA, Rebecca Dreyfus, 65 min.

Practiced for thousands of years, meditation is the focused attempt to move beyond conditioned thinking into a deeper state of awareness. On Meditation is a series of portraits exploring this deeply personal practice. The film offers a rare glimpse into the private insights of meditation practitioners, including Giancarlo Esposito, Mark Epstein, Elena Brower, David Lynch, and Sharon Salzberg among others. They share how meditation works for them and how it has changed and continues to change them in the deepest and subtlest of ways.

A discussion and Q&A with the filmmaker Rebecca Dreyfus and Small Mouth Sounds playwright Bess Wohl will follow the screening.

About the Speakers

Rebecca Dreyfus is an award-winning filmmaker. She has received numerous grants and fellowships for her work including those from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Sundance Film Institute, the Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Women in Film and Video.

Bess Wohl is the playwright of Small Mouth Sounds, a new play that asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. Now playing at the Signature Theatre Center through September 25, the play tells the story of six strangers who embark on a silent retreat. As they struggle to confront their internal demons, their vows of silence collide with their aching need to connect.The New York Timessays, “It leaves you moved, refreshed, and even enlightened.” Wohl’s other plays include Barcelona, American Hero,Touched, In, Cats Talk Back, and the musical Pretty Filthy in collaboration with Michael Friedman and The Civilians (Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Musical). In 2015 Wohl won the Sam Norkin Drama Desk Award for “establishing herself as an important voice in New York theater.” Wohl has also developed film/TV projects for HBO, ABC, USA, Disney, Paramount, and others. She is a graduate of Harvard and the Yale School of Drama.

Tickets: $15.00

Member Tickets: $13.50