Author and longtime nonviolence activist James W. Douglass will be in the TampaBay and Sarasota area from March 27-30. Douglass is the author of JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters and, most recently, Gandhi and the Unspeakable. Both books analyze the role of “the Unspeakable,” monk Thomas Merton’s term for systemic evil, in the two leaders’ assassinations.
While he is in the area, Douglass will lead discussion after two dramatic readings ofProject Unspeakable¸ a play examining the truth about the assassinations of JFK, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. A reading in Sarasota will be on Thursday, March 27 and a St. Petersburg reading will be Sunday, March 30. Details are below.
He will also lead Gandhi and the Unspeakable: Will We Wake Up to Nonviolence?, a retreat at the Dayspring Conference Center in Ellenton fromSaturday, March 29-Sunday, March 30. A talk about his JFK book will precede the retreat. Details are below.
Pax Christi Tampa Bay
A staged reading and discussion
featuring author James W. Douglass
A dramatic reading of Project Unspeakable, a new readers’ theater play about the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Robert F. Kennedy, will take place on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM, at theStudio@620, 620 1st Avenue South in St. Petersburg. An acting ensemble of professional actors including Bob Devin Jones, Roxanne Fay, Tia Jamison and Bob Heitman will present the reading under the direction of Bonnie Agan. The reading is open to the public and admission will be “pay what you can” at the door.
In the actual words of the four assassinated leaders and the people surrounding the assassinations, the play challenges the silence that has surrounded these four “unspeakable” assassinations for decades and sheds light on the “unspeakables” of today: the covered-up crimes by elements in the U.S. government and corporations. The play also includes the words of courageous individuals who, despite government intimidation, refused to be silent about their knowledge of the assassinations, and challenges us to consider how we react toward our “unspeakables.” Douglass will lead the discussion after the reading. This reading is sponsored by Peace First, the St. Petersburg Friends Peace and Social Concerns Committee, and Pax ChristiTampa Bay. For more information: (727) 439-0147; firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on the Studio@620 performance: http://www.thestudioat620.org/events/project-unspeakable
Sarasota reading: The PEACenter will present a dramatic reading of Project Unspeakable on Thursday, March 27 at 7:00 PM at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court in Sarasota. Author James Douglass will lead the discussion following the production. The reading is open to the public. Tickets are $5.00 in advance and $7.00 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.sarasotapeacenter.org.
“Project Unspeakable Asks the Big Questions” is a National Public Radio news story about a reading of the play. For an overview of Project Unspeakable, go tohttp://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=247967234
For more on Project Unspeakable, go to the website athttp://projectunspeakable.com/
Note to those attending the Gandhi and the Unspeakable retreat: Jim Douglass recommends attending Project Unspeakable along with the retreat. The DayspringConference Center in Ellenton is between St. Petersburg and Sarasota, so retreatants can attend the Sarasota reading before the retreat or the St. Petersburgreading on the way home.
GANDHI AND THE UNSPEAKABLE: Join James W. Douglass for “Gandhi and the Unspeakable: Will We Wake Up to Nonviolence?”, a two-day retreat that explores Mohandas K. Gandhi’s confrontation with the Unspeakable through his nonviolent experiments with the infinite force of Truth.
“We are unconscious of the right questions to ask,” Douglass says of our deep denial of the “the Unspeakable”: assassinations on our doorstep, an unending war of terror, a total-surveillance empire, nuclear weapons poised to destroy all humanity, and catastrophic climate change. “I hope to raise a few. Gandhi offers us the right questions and the right directions about the Unspeakable. He is so truthful he sees the right questions, and they are the same as our questions, except in scope.”
The retreat is Saturday, March 29-Sunday, March 30. It is at the DayspringConference Center, a wooded retreat center on the Manatee River just east ofBradenton (http://dayspring.dioswfl.org/) It will feature talks by Douglass, time for personal and group reflection, and worship. All meals are included. Registration deadline is March 20. More information is at http://paxchristiflorida.org/events/
Varying prices and scholarships are available. For a retreat brochure with a schedule, costs, and more details, go to
“JFK and the Unspeakable”: Before the retreat, at 10:00 AM Saturday morning,Douglass will examine John F. Kennedy’s miraculous turning from the edge of a nuclear holocaust to a commitment for a disarmed world, a decision that cost him his life.
James W. Douglass was a co-founder of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolence inWashington state to campaign against the building of a Trident submarine base and the installation of Trident nuclear missiles. He has travelled to the Middle East on several peace missions and stayed with Iraqi civilians during the 2003 U.S. invasion. His books include The Nonviolent Cross, Lightning East to West, and The Nonviolent Coming of God. He and his wife Shelley operate Mary’s House, a house of hospitality for homeless and indigent people in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a co-founder of Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth.