BROTHERHOOD/SISTERHOOD


August 16, 2020 6pm on YouTube


Brotherhood/Sisterhood is a performance about humanity, equity and social justice. The premise of this dramatic work is about the challenges we face today on the struggle for humanity.

Select readings and speeches from renowned authors, poets and politicians read by distinguished actors, essayists, poets and politicians. The music of Johann Sebastian Bach will accompany these works during and in between readings.


  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be reading a short passage of her work on discrimination.
  • Amanda Gorman, the Youth Poet Laureate of the US, will be reading a work by Toni Morrison and an original piece. See full reading of Fury and Faith
  • Senator Angus King will read Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

  • Actor Norm Lewis, Broadway star of Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, more will read a passage by Frederick Douglass.
  • Poet/Essayist Richard Blanco will read his poem, One Today, which he read at President Obama's second inauguration. See full reading of One Today
  • Drama Desk-winning actor Bruce Sabath will read a Shakespearean passage from The Merchant of Venice.
  • Rabbi Gary Berenson, Synagogue Etz Chaim, is reading a short Biblical passage.
  • Performer/Actor Anwar Robinson, star of American Idol, Rent, Godspell will read works by Martin Luther King and John Lewis.
  • Actors from Portland Stage Company and several independent actors will read the works of John Steinbeck, Elisabeth Barrett Brown, Aristotle, Mark Twain, Mahatma Gandhi.

Brotherhood/Sisterhood is based on a performance 30 years ago in Austria that was hauntingly brilliant. It was based on the writings of a Jewish author, who was killed during WWII, after joining the French Underground. This performance encompassed 20 of Austria's most-recognized actors and actresses reading his work. Our version is based on our need for greater humanity, equity, and social justice. Celebrated authors, poets, politicians, and people who feel and think deeply, just as Bach did, are participating.

RUTH
BADER GINSBURG

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States


A fierce defender of equal rights, Ruth Bader Ginsberg will be reading a piece she wrote titled, "On Discrimination."
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ANGUS
KING

U.S. Senator for Maine


A thoughtful, consensus builder in the U.S. Senate, Senator Angus King will be reading Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
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NORM LEWIS

Actor, Singer


Tony winning star of the Broadway stage, Norm Lewis will be reading If There is No Struggle by Frederick Douglass and a short passage from the tradition of Taoism.
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BRUCE SABATH

Actor


Tony nominated Broadway actor Bruce Sabath will be reading a passage from The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, a quote from a song by John Lennon and a short passage from the tradition of Confucianism.


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ANWAR ROBINSON

Actor, Singer


Broadway Actor and American Idol contestant, Anwar Robinson will be reading passages from Martin Luther King's most notable works.
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RICHARD BLANCO

Poet, Speaker


An historic presidential inaugural poet, public speaker, teacher and memoirist, Richard Blanco will be reading an original poem, One Today.
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AMANDA GORMAN

Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate


A Harvard Junior, studying Sociology and Spanish, Amanda Gorman made history in 2017 by becoming the First Youth Poet Laureate of the United States. She will be reading The real language of humanity by Toni Morrison and Fury and Faith, an original poem on racial injustice.
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DAVE BOBB

Actor


Star of stage and screen, recently seen in the movies Snowflake and Airbourne and the television show Succession, Dave Bobb will be reading On Friendship by Aristotle and a short passage from the Hindu tradition.
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DUSTIN TUCKER

Actor


Actor on stage and screen and a resident of Portland, Maine, Dustin Tucker will read Brotherhood of Man by Mark Twain.
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SHEREZADE PANTHAKI

Singer


An international star in the music of the Baroque era, (and a member of the Bach Virtuosi Festival) soprano Sherezade Panthaki will be reading Equality in religion and mankind by Mahatma Gandhi.
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JEAN GOTO

Actor and Filmmaker


NYC based, hapa (half Japanese, half Caucasian), filmmaker and actress, Jean Goto, will read a passage from East of Eden by John Steinbeck on the strength of women and a short passage from the tradition of Islam.
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INÉS DEL CASTILLO

Actress/Writer/Director


An actress, writer and director for stage and screen, Inés del Castillo can recently be seen in the film Underpass 84 and the TV show Law and Order:SVU. She will be reading the sonnet How do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
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RABBI GARY S. BERENSON

Teacher and Leader


Rabbi Gary S. Berenson from the Etz Chaim Synagogue in Portland, Maine has lived in Portland his whole life. The Rabbi will be reading a short biblical passage.
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RON BOTTING

Actor, Singer, Director


Equality in brotherhood by Harry S. Truman will be read by Ron Botting from the Portland Stage Company. He was last seen in Portland Stage’s productions of The Sisters Rosensweig, Syncopation, Much Ado About Nothing, and Bach at Leipzig.

ABIGAIL KILLEEN

Actor, Director, and Producer


Abigail is the Chair of Department of Theater and Dance and Associate Professor of Theater at Bowdoin College. She is also a member of Compagnia de’ Colombari, an international theater company based in New York. Abigail also performs and creates work in the Portland area regularly at Portland Stage, Good Theater, Dramatic Repertory Company, Fenix , and The Theater Project. She will be reading a passage on Confucianism.
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