AT&T Performing Arts Center's 2019 speakers series, HearHere, will showcase an especially eclectic lineup of speakers in the coming months.
The biggest name on the bill is legendary actress Jane Fonda. "An Evening with Jane Fonda" will close the season on July 8. Fonda, a two-time Academy Award winner, has starred in Coming Home, The China Syndrome, Nine to Five, On Golden Pond, and, most recently, the Netflix series, Grace and Frankie. She is also a feminist icon who has raised millions of dollars for charities like the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential and Women’s Media Center.
Another big get: domestic doyenne Martha Stewart. The Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, and bestselling author will take the stage May 29. Stewart, of course, is a source for many for useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living, including cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, healthy living, holidays, weddings, and pet care.
WWE World Champion John Cena is perhaps the most surprising choice for the series; he will take the stage on April 25. Cena has become as well known for his philanthropic work as he has for his wrestling skills. He is Make-A-Wish’s most requested wish granter of all time, helped raise more than $1.6 million for breast cancer research and awareness, and was the recipient of the U.S. Military's 2016 Legacy of Achievement Award. He's also a budding movie star, recently starring in Ferdinand and Bumblebee.
This series will kick off on March 19 with Serial podcast creators Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder. Serial became an obsession for many when its first season, which delved into the case of accused murderer Adnan Syed, was released in 2014. Subsequent seasons have focused on Bowe Bergdahl, a former POW who had been accused of deserting the military, and the Cleveland, Ohio, court system. Both Koenig and Snyder are National Public Radio veterans, having served as producers on This American Life.
All events will take place at Winspear Opera House. Packages for all four shows are on sale now, ranging from $193-$423. Single tickets for each show will go on sale at a later date.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.attpac.org/hearhere, by telephone at 214-880-0202, or in person at the Winspear Opera House Box Office at 2403 Flora Street. For groups of 10 or more, call 214-978-2879.