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In the room: Peter Van Heerden, executive director of Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts, and Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Broadway producer (Pictures from Home, 4-time Tony winner for Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, All the Way and Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike; plus off-Broadway's The Exonerated) and curator of the Quick’s Global Theatre: Performance Series. Winning Tony Awards is certainly gratifying, but one of Cheryl Wiesenfeld's proudest achievements was being on the producing team of The Exonerated, a play that literally changed lives and laws, and forced many to rethink our prison system. Theater as a means of social change is her passion and years later she has found a perfect partner for pursuing that passion: Peter Van Heerden at Fairfied University. Together they help give voice to an ongoing series of theater works intended to spur conversation. How do they find these plays? What informs their decision to produce this reading series?