Winged Ox Players To Host Panel Discussion Saturday

The Winged Ox Players will host a panel discussion Saturday after the 1 p.m. matinee performance of “It Can’t Happen Here” at the Willow Bay Theater, 21 E. Third St., Jamestown.

Guests include high school teachers James Krause, and John Twinam and JCC professor Greg Rabb, along with cast members from the show. Jason Sample of WRFA Radio will be the facilitator.

One of the goals of the Winged Ox Players is to use theater as a tool to encourage community dialogue and social change. Their current production of “It Can’t Happen Here” challenges the audience to consider their own responsibility to act in the face of injustice, how they respond to friends or family in discussions about politics, especially when they don’t agree, and ultimately what it means to live in a democratic society

“We hope that this will be just the beginning of an ongoing conversation in our community about these topics,” said Willow Fodor, the Winged Ox Player’s secretary. “We invite anyone interested in an open and civil conversation to attend the show on Saturday at 1 p.m. and join us immediately following the play for this short and informal exchange.”

Admission to the play and discussion is free, but donations are encouraged. Proceeds from the performances will be used to establish a scholarship for a Chautauqua County senior with an interest in studying journalism at two- or four-year college.

The Winged Ox Players is a ministry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church that engages the theatrical talents of the greater Jamestown area to present plays that inspire conversations about the community. Individuals interested in more information about the players are asked to contact Pierce at 969-7412 or Steven Cobb at 499-5142.