Rian Johnson brings ‘Knives Out’ to Philly

Director Rian Johnson (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Looper”) screened his newest movie, “Knives Out,” during the closing night of the Philadelphia Film Festival on Oct. 25. After the screening, Michael Lerman, artistic director for the Philadelphia Film Society, the organization that produces the film festival, facilitated a Q&A between the director and the audience.

Student theater production cancellation: the playwright’s perspective

Each year the college produces a fall play for the entertainment and edification of its acting students and the larger college community. This year my award-winning farce “After Birth of a Nation” was chosen by Stephen Smith, drama department leader and director, for a November run. Yet after recent controversy surrounding the play’s themes, images, and language, Steve and I have mutually agreed to withdraw the play from production.