Civic Live Events

BioEthics at the Cinema - A Community Conversation Series in partnership with Mayo Clinic and Rochester Public Library

Bioethics Cinema

Rochester Public Library


Mayo Clinic, Biomedical Ethics Department and the Rochester Public Libaray present BioEthics at the Cinema.


The purpose of “Bioethics at the Cinema” is to bridge the gap between public concern and the isolation of the lab through popular movies. Our intent is to create dialogue with the community around complex biomedical issues through film and other media. We will invite experts to facilitate an insightful conversation following each film.  Oftentimes, the first contact people have with bioethics is onscreen. 

Recently, there has been a notable increase in movie and TV productions (i.e., Black Mirror, Handmaid’s Tale, Westworld)  that focus on bioethical issues.  Movies frequently depict a dystopian future, but a serious discussion of scientific advancements can be surprisingly absent. This can spread misunderstandings about real world science, leading us to treat revolutionary technology, like CRISPR or artificial intelligence, only as things to fear.

A community-centered steering committee met and chose these four films, which will all be screened at the Rochester Civic Theatre Company in 2018.

Upcoming Movies:

Wonder - Sunday July 22 @ 5:30pmWonder

Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Get Out - Fall Date TBD @ 5:30pmGet Out

We will be drawing connections between Get Out and the 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein. In this film, a nightmarish surgical practice occurs in which a neurosurgeon and psychiatrist lure African Americans to their home for use as receptacles for white brains in a bid for white immortality. There is a lot to unpack, especially its use of Afrofuturism to examine the anxieties and mistrust that African Americans experience toward the medical community in the modern era. Popular culture has long provided an outlet for feelings of powerlessness toward medicine. 19th century novels such as Frankenstein and The Island of Dr. Moreau tapped into fears that medicine would cruelly pursue scientific knowledge at the expense of human life. In many ways, the African American experience is this country’s Frankenstein monster.

Women on Wednesday - 2018/19 Season

Women on Wednesday - 2017/18 Season

The Rochester Civic Theatre Company's Award Winning Civic Action Outreach Programming presents

Women on Wednesdays: Exploring social issues impacting our community, promoting inclusiveness for a healthy society, providing a stage to showcase the richness of our shared cultural heritage.

We kick off the season with: 

Sept 19: Let's Talk: Boomers & Millennials Compare Notes 

Oct 4: Historical Trauma: No, you don't just 'get over it'

Nov 14: Women working in the field of death and dying

Jan 3: Being a caretaker for a loved one

Feb 20: Swiping for love: The dating scene in Rochester

Mar 27: The Opioid Epidemic: big, bad, and deadly

April 17: Talking Gender: Diverse Perspectives on Femininity/Masculinity

May 5: I like kids, I'm just not planning on having any


Admission is free, reservations required. All events take place at The Civic

To RSVP email on Monday before each event.

Cash bar available and light refreshments provided by our sponsors.

Doors open at 5PM; presentation and discussion run from 5:30PM-7PM. 

Women on Wednesdays 2018/19 season is sponsored by:

REMAX WomenLittleThistle


Ed Asner in A Man and his Prostate: Returning Spring 2019!

Ed Asner in A Man and his Prostate

The Rochester Civic Theatre Company is proud to present Television legend, iconic movie star, and 7-time Emmy winner Ed Asner!

Ed Asner stars in the hilarious one man show, A Man and His Prostate - a seriously funny show based on a serious subject.  The tale of an unexpected trip to a foreign emergency room yields insights into a man’s personal journey of pain, relief, prayer, and love while entertaining the audience with Asner’s impeccable comedic timing.

Asner, the most honored male performer in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, is full of energy. You’ll recall his legendary performances as Mr. Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off Lou Grant, as Santa in the movie Elf and the voice of Carl Fredrickson in the animated film Up.