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March 7, 2015

Zora Neale Hurston was one of the most extraordinary writers of our time. Her life's dance with the Harlem Renaissance greatly influenced the lives of other great writer's such as, Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. Our lives will forever be indebted to Alice for not forgetting our roots of Zora Neale Hurston.

Image used with permission from the Photographic Memory Collection

Skokie Detective Charter School by Philip Dawkins

July 24 - 26, 2015

At the Skokie Detective Charter School by Philip Dawkins, all the students are detectives-in-training, learning firsthand how to follow the facts and find a logical solution. But these future super sleuths are about to encounter their biggest case yet when students start acting strangely, monsters are spotted in the hallway, and their teacher goes missing! These Tiny Private Eyes reconstruct the day's events through four classic story-telling perspectives (film noir, young adult mystery, Edwardian romance, and Spaghetti Western) to solve the mystery in this clever and fast-paced comedy.

silhouette of woman yelling Snowbound, A staged reading, by James C. Ferguson

Directed by Theresa Broach
Produced by: Camilla Ross

April 11 and 12, 2015

Cabin fever is taken to the extreme in this new work by James C. Ferguson. When Mark, a struggling screenwriter, flies to visit friends, David and Pam, in the Midwest, the snow comes along too, bringing the three a little too close for comfort.


April 17 and 18, 2015

"Zora Neale Hurston - In Her Own Words" is a one-woman-show about the life of the acclaimed writer Zora Neale Hurston who is best known for her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, which is considered to be a masterpiece of 20th century literature. Ms. Hurston tells her story of how she became a writer with commentaries on diversity, race, art, friendship, love and more.

Image used with permission from the Photographic Memory Collection

Picture coming soonFarmington Valley's Freedom Trail: A Choral Tribute with Harriet 2

May 1 and 3, 2015

The program, Farmington Valley's Freedom Trail: A Choral Tribute with Harriet 2 (Harriet Squared), two, one-act plays about Harriet Tubman and Harriet Beecher Stowe comprises a full evening of sight and sound. The Chorale will provide musical settings featuring a combination of contemporary Civil War music and spirituals, as the Emerson Theater Collaborative of Mystic performs their one act plays. Two performances: an evening performance in Simsbury's First Church on Friday, May 1st, and an afternoon performance at Farmington's First Church on Sunday, May 3rd. Both churches have historic ties to the abolitionist movement so are meaningful settings for this program.

Baby-like drawingTrue Nature of All Being by Lisa Giordano

October 17 and 18, 2015

True Nature of All Being is set in Japan in 1970 and loosely based on a true story. The play addresses environmental issues that then impact health, legal, socioeconomic, community and family issues on a local and international scale. It has won an Honorable Mention from the Clauder Competition - the New England Playwrights Festival and was a finalist with an Honorable Mention at the International Eco-drama Playwrights Fest in California. The play especially addresses how environmental devastation affects the poor and vulnerable, and tells how a handful of ordinary women banded together to transform their world.