CPTV Invites You to the Voices in Conflict Screening on Friday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Trackside Teen Center in Wilton

Release Date: 02/10/2009

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) invites you to attend the premiere screening of a new documentary, Voices in Conflict. It will take you behind the scenes and tell the story about how a Wilton High School drama teacher and her students found themselves embroiled in a national controversy when they decided to perform a play about the war in Iraq. The free screening will be held on Friday, February 27 at 6 p.m. at the Trackside Teen Center in Wilton, Connecticut and a complimentary dinner will follow. Reservations are required. Call CPTV at (860) 275-7540 as seating is limited.
 
When Bonnie Dickinson and her drama students at Wilton High School in Connecticut began working on the Voices in Conflict script, she had no idea that it would stir up the controversy that it did. After the school received a complaint from a parent, who thought the play was anti-military, the principal deemed the play “educationally inappropriate,” and the performance was canceled. The story appeared in the New York Times, and subsequently Dickinson and her students were asked – and performed –their play at the Vineyard Theatre, Culture Project and the Public Theater, all venerable off-Broadway venues in New York, and at Fairfield Theatre Company in Fairfield, Connecticut. CPTV aired the play in November 2008.
 
The new Voices in Conflict documentary will air on CPTV on Friday, February 27 at 9 p.m. (after the premiere screening). According to Producer Jonathan Robinson, it will explore the controversy in the context of the larger issues of educational curriculum standards, the role of the arts in education, and freedom of expression. In addition, it will incorporate scenes from the play.
 
“The documentary offers insight into the local issue that came to national attention and changed the lives of many involved ,” said Robinson.
 
Funding for Voices in Conflict comes from “Friends of Voices in Conflict,” The Christine E. Moser Foundation and The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund.
 
Food for the premiere screening will be provided by Rizzuto’s Wood Fired Kitchen and Bar.
 
Voices in Conflict Production Credits:
Producer: Jonathan Robinson
Executive Producers: Jennifer Boyd, Jay Whitsett
 
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN/www.cpbn.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™, and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports, and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org and / or www.wnpr.org.
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