The Art of Diplomacy

You are invited to an evening of theatre and conversation as L.A. Theatre Works’ The Art of Diplomacy benefit honors lawyer, human rights advocate and civic leader Kimberly Marteau Emerson and former U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany John B. Emerson.

NOVEMBER 6, 2019

THE BROAD STAGE, SANTA MONICA

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Steven Weber and Alfred Molina in 'A Walk in the Woods'.

You are invited to an evening of theatre and conversation as L.A. Theatre Works’ The Art of Diplomacy benefit honors lawyer, human rights advocate and civic leader Kimberly Marteau Emerson and former U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany John B. Emerson.

Hosted by actors Seamus Dever and Susan Sullivan, the evening will feature a performance of Lee Blessing’s A Walk in the Woods, starring Alfred Molina and Steven Weber. Suggested by an actual incident in which Russian and American negotiators left the official Geneva sessions for an unofficial “walk in the woods,” the play follows cynical Soviet diplomat Andrei Botvinnik and his idealistic U.S. counterpart John Honeyman as they meet informally, away from the bargaining table of a Cold War arms treaty negotiation. Through their engrossing, shrewd, and at times hilarious conversations about everything from favorite colors to fascism, the two develop an unlikely friendship.

Following the play, USC University Professor Geoffrey Cowan will lead our honorees in a lively and thought-provoking discussion about the opportunities and challenges of diplomacy. 

 

THE ART OF DIPLOMACY

NOVEMBER 6, 2019

THE BROAD STAGE
1310 11TH STREET SANTA MONICA, CA 90401

HOSTED BY SUSAN SULLIVAN & SEAMUS DEVER

A WALK IN THE WOODS
WRITTEN BY LEE BLESSING
STARRING ALFRED MOLINA & STEVEN WEBER

A TRIBUTE TO OUR GUESTS OF HONOR
KIMBERLY MARTEAU EMERSON & AMBASSADOR JOHN B. EMERSON

CONVERSATION
WITH OUR HONOREES & USC UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR GEOFFREY COWAN

6:00 PM VIP RECEPTION & DINNER
THE PERFORMANCE STARTS PROMPTLY AT 7:30 PM.
DESSERT RECEPTION TO FOLLOW.

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HONOREES

Kimberly Marteau Emerson is a lawyer, human rights advocate and civic leader in the fields of public service, international affairs and social justice. She served in the Clinton Administration as a senior political appointee and spokesperson for the U.S. Information Agency, as an executive in the entertainment industry, and in leadership positions on multiple boards. Kimberly currently serves on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch and the Advisory Board of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Ambassador John B. Emerson is Vice Chairman of Capital Group International, Inc., a part of the Capital Group Companies. He served in the Clinton and Obama Administrations, most recently as the United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, for which he was awarded the State Department’s Susan M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service. He currently serves as Chairman of the American Council on Germany and on the boards of the Pacific Council on International Policy and The German Marshall Fund, and is a long-serving member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, John chaired the board of the Los Angeles Music Center (2003-2011) and has been a long-standing board member of the Music Center Foundation. He was Vice-Chair of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles Board, and served as a trustee of three LA area independent schools.

MODERATOR

Geoffrey Cowan is a former Director of Voice of America and former Dean of the USC Annenberg School. He has been a public interest lawyer, academic administrator, best-selling author, foundation president, and an award-winning teacher, playwright, television producer, and government official. Professor Cowan is currently a University Professor and the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership at the University of Southern California where he directs the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.

 

EVENT CHAIRS

GINA & JOHN DESPRES
MARSHA MASON
JOYCE REY
ALYSON SATTLER

HONORARY CO-CHAIRS

Ambassador Colleen Bell & Bradley Bell
Ambassador James Costos & Michael Smith
Dianne Feinstein
Ambassador Emily Haber
Ambassador Nina Hachigian
Ambassador Christoph Heusgen
Ambassador Mickey Kantor & Heidi Schulman
Ambassador Michael A. Lawson & Mattie McFadden-Lawson
Ambassador Noah Mamet
Ambassador Vilma Martinez 
Ambassador Susan R. McCaw

Ambassador John R. Phillips & Linda Douglass
Ambassador Nancy Rubin
Ambassador Rockwell Schnabel 
Consul General Stefan F.M. Schneider
Ambassador Robert Tuttle & Maria Hummer-Tuttle

EVENT COMMITTEE

Aileen Adams & Geoffrey Cowan
Jim Bagley
Jon Robin Baitz

Linda & Martin Blank
Lee Blessing
Campizondo Foundation
Barbara Casey
Aviva & Carl Covitz
Juliana & Seamus Dever
Nancy Englander
Elisabeth Familian
Robin & Gary Jacobs
Jane Jelenko
Malgosia & Stacy Keach
Lynne Knox 
Marsha Kwalwasser
Lyn & Norman Lear
Linda Lichter & Nick Marck 
Judith Light
Susan Loewenberg & Ezra Suleiman
John Logan
David Rambo
Janet Dreisen Rappaport & Dr. Herbert Rappaport
Suellen Richmond
Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys
Susan Sullivan & Connell Cowan
Eva & Marc Stern
Jocelyn Towne & Simon Helberg
Beegie Truesdale & Bill Carrick
Hope Warschaw
JoBeth Williams & John Pasquin
Adele Yellin

INSTITUTIONAL SPONSORS

Capital Group
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany

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