BRUNSWICK – Theater activist Norma Bowles will present a lecture/demonstration titled “Wake Me Up When It’s Over! Using Comedy to Set the Stage for Social Justice” Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Pickard Theater on the Bowdoin College campus.

The 8 p.m. presentation is open to the public. Admission is free with no tickets required.

Bowles is artistic director of Fringe Benefits, a groundbreaking theater company with a 17-year track record of collaborating with school and community groups to create plays that promote constructive dialogue about diversity and discrimination issues.

In some productions actors have used humor to help foster understanding with audiences. They, for example, used “South Park”-like characters to break the ice and start a discussion about racism with teenagers in Texas, and golf jokes to warm up an audience of New Hampshire Rotarians in a play promoting equality in marriage.

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