Urvashi ChakravartyWhat I love about the theatrical experience is that it is simultaneously intimate and communal. The audience tacitly agrees to a collective suspension of disbelief in order to be transported, to see familiar characters as well as encountering strangers for the first time, who all show us something unexpected about a world (ours, theirs) we thought we knew. At its best, the theater asks us to grapple with the political, ethical or social cruxes we have witnessed, and forces us to realize—as we emerge, blinking and slightly disoriented, into the noise and lights of the streets outside—that we have no ready answers.

-- Professor Urvashi Chakravarty