Numerous professional visiting artists come to campus each academic year to both display their creative talents and impart their expressive wisdom to the Hope community. They show and tell us, by virtue of their displayed talents and spoken wisdom, that the arts are important to our collective communities because they require response and engagement, making us more mindful and inspired; making us more human.
Four of those visiting artists sat down separately with a Hope faculty member over the past year to answer how the arts contribute to the public good. It is a question whose answer is necessary toward a better understanding of what makes the arts important in our lives and world.
In this second installment of One Question, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Richard Perez, sits down with British actor Julian Sands. Sands performed “A Celebration of Harold Pinter” for Hope’s Great Performance Series last January. Described as “a warm, witty, and thoroughly winning actor” by the Chicago Tribune, Sands has been seen world-wide in films, on stage and on television. He has appeared in more than 100 films, including, “The Killing Fields,” “A Room With A View,” “Impromptu,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Arachnophobia,” “Oceans 13” and “The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo.” He is best known on television for his recent role on “24” but has also appeared on “Smallville,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Dexter” and “Banshee.”