The Edwin Forrest Play Reading Series Launch

Freedom Theatre presents


The Edwin Forrest Play Reading Series Launch

The Edwin Forrest Play Reading series launch is in honor of Edwin Forrest, whose former home is the site of Freedom Theatre.  This play reading series takes works that have been historically bypassed and places them in a new diaspora by way of unique casting or vision, in order to breathe life into the piece. The first reading will be March 14, at 6:30 pm. The series continues monthly beginning Monday, April 25th. We are pleased to offer the Edwin Forrest Play Reading series as FREE admission.

The program is sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Join us for the launch of the Edwin Forrest Play Reading series, as we celebrate Women’s History Month with the reading of, Exit: An Illusion by Marita Bonner (1899-1971).

The event is free. The readings will be directed by Adam Mace, the selected works will be read by various Philadelphia Artists.

Come out and join us for the Edwin Forrest Play Reading series launch. Be a part of the exciting readings and the conversations they begin. Come out and visit New Freedom Theatre!

Marita Bonner (June 16, 1899 – 1971) was an American writer, essayist, and playwright who is Marita_Bonner__www_csustan_edu_commonly associated with the Harlem Renaissance. She was also known as Marita Occomy, Marita Odette Bonner, Marita Odette Bonner Occomy, Marita Bonner Occomy, Joseph Maree Andrew. On December 29, 1921 along with 15 other women, she chartered the Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

Marita Bonner published short stories and essays from 1924 to 1941 in “Opportunity,” “The Crisis,” “Black Life,” and other magazines, sometimes under the pseudonym “Joseph Maree Andrew.” Her 1925 essay in Crisis, “On Being Young, A Woman and Colored” which deals with racism and sexism and poverty, is an example of her social commentary. She also wrote several plays.


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