What do you SEE when you SEE me? – Unpacking ‘The Niceties’

Colorful poster for the play "The Niceties"

A panel of academic and community experts convened virtually on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 for a special discussion about “The Niceties,” a play by Eleanor Burgess and performed virtually by Madison’s Forward Theater Company from Jan. 22 to Feb. 7. Watch a replay of the panel discussion below. Read the transcript.


  • Renita Clayton, External Relations Administrator (moderator)
  • Lexi Gee, UW-Madison Alum, Graduate Student
  • Dr. Alex Gee, UW-Madison alum, father of Lexi Gee
  • Jen Uphoff Gray, Artistic Director, Forward Theater Co.
  • Dr. Paul C. Harris, Associate Professor, University of Virginia

Additional Resources

Watch a behind-the-scenes look at the innovative process of creating The Niceties, with actresses Samantha Newcomb and Sarah Day.