Happening: The Art of Surviving 

7 – 9:30 p.m.


Like many communities, the Twin Cities is reeling from revelations of trauma and abuse. In an effort to encourage dialogue and coalition-building, the Guthrie will host an evening dedicated to the art of surviving. Survivors Sharon Day, Ifrah Mansour, Laura Stearns and Saymoukda Vongsay will share their personal stories of resiliency, encompassing themes of generational trauma, war, immigration and sexual abuse. Audience members will have time and space to reflect privately or in facilitated group discussions. Please join us for the final Happening of our 2018–2019 Season as we listen to — and lift up — the voices of survivors.

All are welcome

Tickets are free, reservations are required. 

Venue info

This event will take place on the Wurtele Thrust Stage and in the Guthrie lobbies.

About Happenings

As part of the Level Nine Series, the Guthrie is committed to offering Happenings, periodic community gatherings in response to local and national current events, creating a forum in which citizens can grapple with today's biggest topics and questions. 

  • 6:30–7 p.m.

    House is open while Minneapolis-based band Kiss the Tiger performs

  • 7–8:30 p.m.

    Speaking program

  • 8:30–9:30 p.m.

    Small group discussions and reflection in the lobby

Event host and confirmed facilitators

  • H. Adam Harris, host
  • Robert O. Fisch, doctor, author and Holocaust survivor
  • Gary Green, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
  • Seena Hodges, The Woke Coach
  • Robin Phillips, The Advocates for Human Rights
  • Michel Rousseau, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis
  • Rev. Dr. Justin Sabia-Tanis, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
  • Ashley Sturz-Griffith, Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Dr. Lewis P. Zeidner, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities


Sponsored by

The Guthrie’s Level Nine Series is made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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