Honor Bound to Defend
Leading the Conversation
Looking for something more interesting
to do with your friends than a typical night at the bar?
Do the people you know want to engage more with politics,
current events and world affairs?
- Post-show discussions:
Look out for our free post-show discussions with
members of the cast and production team. These
begin just a few minutes after the show and last
Discussions are scheduled every
Thursday beginning 2/16 and on Sundays 2/19 and
Leading the Conversation (PDF)
One of the best moments surrounding
seeing a play is the lively conversation that inevitably
follows when what you’ve experienced ignites a
strong reaction. TimeLine dreams of sparking those kinds
of conversations after every performance, and with Guantanamo:
Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, we’ve got
a production that is sure to generate plenty of friendly
debate after the show. The Village Voice called it “a
conversation we should be having, nationally, about
issues, principles, human rights and human lives.”
So, we had an idea … what if
individual audience members planned a social night out
that focused the inevitable discussion more? Similar
to a book club, you can create a casual evening that
includes a forum for exploring and responding to the
themes of the play. We’d call it a play discussion
group, but that’s too stuffy for what we want
This is an opportunity for you and
your friends to heighten your theatre-going experience.
Pick a day to see the show show (we suggest days when
we’re already featuring a post-show discussion).
Decide on a place to head to afterward (let us know
if you’d love to have a member of the cast and/or
production team join you). Someone should prepare a
few ways to get the conversation started (we can help
with that). And then dive in. Who knows, it could be
one of the most dynamic conversations you’ll have
with your friends this year.
If this all sounds like a lot of work,
don’t worry! We have a few tips to get you started,
in five easy steps:
Step 1: Invite everyone.
TimeLine can accommodate discussion parties of between
two (we recommend two as a minimum!) and our Capacity
of 80 people.
Step 2: Pick the performance
you want & purchase tickets.
To purchase tickets, call our Box Office at (773) 281-TIME
(8463) or order
If your group
is 10 or more, call us or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to check availability and reserve tickets. The advantage
of a group sale is the price — 20 percent off
the regular ticket price of $25 or student price of
$15. We’ll ask for a deposit of 25 percent of
your total order to confirm the reservation, with final
payment due one week prior.
And if you are a TimeLine subscriber,
don’t forget your “Bring-A-Friend”
perk; you can purchase additional tickets at $20 each.
In all cases, seats are subject to
availability, so don’t wait too long!
Step 3: Decide where to meet
after the show.
TimeLine is located in the vibrant Lake View East neighborhood
(615 W. Wellington Ave.,at Broadway) and there are numerous
bars and restaurants nearby. We can provide suggestions.
And we aren’t kidding about sending a cast or
production team member to join you — ask, and
Step 4: Prepare … at
least a little.
TimeLine’s productions are inspired by history
and connect with today’s social and political
issues. We’re committed to providing opportunities
for our audience to learn more about the context and
themes of our plays. Check out our historical lobby
display, a production guide (with handy discussion questions
we invite you to poach!) and the brand-new TimeLine
Blog, all accessible via our Web site. Tell the folks
in your group about these resources — they can
study (or not) as much as they like in advance. We’d
suggest that someone be prepared to lead the discussion,
at least to get it started.
Step 5: Tell us how it goes.
We appreciate the feedback we get from our audience,
so after your night at the theatre, we’d LOVE
to hear how it goes! Drop us a line at email@example.com
to describe your experience and provide praise, suggestions,
whatever! And if you and your friends happen to come
up with a great name for this activity (as in, better
than “play discussion group”), we’re