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Playwright Tony Kushner and actor Michael Stuhlbarg to anchor Tuesday Talks speaker series

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Tony Kushner will open “Tuesday Talks”, a speaker series presented by JFCS of Long Beach, on Sunday, October 3 at the Alpert JCC’s Lipeles Family Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. In store for later in the season is Long Beach’s native son Michael Stuhlbarg, an accomplished, versatile actor and nominee for Golden Globe, Tony, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild awards, who will close the series in January of 2022.

“Tuesday Talks gathers some of the most relevant regional and national thinkers to benefit JFCS’s daily work of supporting the mental health and basic needs of the region’s residents and in particular, those who have been most severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, chair of the event committee.

At the October 3 rd kickoff, Kushner, who is currently in Los Angeles filming The Fabelmans, will be present in person for The Creative Process and Social Justice. He will be interviewed about the values that inform his plays and film projects. Stuhlbarg, currently working on location in Atlanta, will be interviewed for Seeing Ourselves and Our Times in Stories. The exact date and format of his participation is to be determined in the near future.

Also on the line-up for Tuesday, October 19 at 7pm are author Lisa Napoli and National Public Radio personality Tonya Mosley in person, with The Future is Female: Women Shaping Public Media. Napoli, author of Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR, has a passion for demystifying the media, both broadcast and digital. Mosely is an Emmy and Murrow Award-winning radio and television journalist. She co-hosts NPR programs Here and Now and Truth Be Told.

As Thanksgiving approaches, on Tuesday, November 16 at 7pm, the topic will be Food Insecurity in Our Backyard. Regional experts and advocates join us in person to present an update on the severity of hunger in our communities, and what we can do about it. Individuals whose passions and projects have made a difference to many in our community will share their stories and inspire all to do more to meet the needs of so many in our area.

Subscriptions may be purchased online at jfcslongbeach.org/tuesday-talks or by phone at (562) 427-7916. There are two types of subscriptions. In-person/hybrid attendance at all four events are priced at $195 per person. Those who prefer to participate online only will pay $125 for all four events.

Sponsorships are available beginning at $250 for Spokesperson level, which includes in-person/hybrid attendance for one at all four events and mentions in the program and on the event screen. The Orator level is $500 and includes in-person/hybrid attendance for two at all four events, mentions in the program and on the event screen, and preferred seating. The Keynoter sponsorship is $1000 and includes in-person attendance for four at all events, all benefits of the Orator level and an autographed copy of Lisa Napoli’s Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR.

Subscriptions must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be available at the door. All prevailing CDC and Alpert JCC policies for COVID-19 will be observed at the in-person events. JFCS apologizes in advance for any unexpected changes that may be necessary as a result of this ever-changing situation.

All proceeds benefit the programs and services of JFCS of Long Beach, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity providing mental health counseling on a sliding-fee scale, food and necessities, and financial assistance for everyone in the community, without regard for religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, or immigration status. For more information, contact JFCS at (562) 427-7916 or via email to [email protected].