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Restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr ‘roasted’ during the celebration of anniversary edition of ‘Changing Lenses’

The Renaissance Mennonite. A friendly service dog. A teddy bear. A creative prankster. Hot Rod Howie. Many names were tossed at Howard Zehr the night of May 23, as his writing career and restorative justice work were humorously honored with a “roast” at Eastern Mennonite University. While most retiring professors of Zehr’s ...More

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Comedian Lifts Curtain on Depression

Ted Swartz was only half of the acting duo, which for 20 years, was known as Ted and Lee TheaterWorks. But that abruptly changed when his acting partner, Lee Eshleman, took his own life in 2007 as a result of clinical depression. Since then, Swartz has avoided directly addressing the death of his friend in his productions, though he has address ...More

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Giving Death the Brushoff

Courtesy Daily News Record, Jan. 9, 2012 Somewhere in the middle of talking about her stage four terminal cancer and an upcoming play documenting her life, Sarah Pharis, 32, begins striking her “Katherine Hepburn face.” Sitting beside her on a deep purple velour couch at her Harrisonburg home, Ingrid De Sanctis, 46, launches into details of writing the play, called ...More

Play Takes Intense Look at Crime Victims

Howard Zehr, co-director of EMU’s Conflict Transformation Program and author of the book upon which the play, “A Body in Mo ...More