Underground History Readings

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By Laura Ekstrand

LOSING MY RELIGION

Time

Location

Price

March 03 | 7:30pm

In-person at Luna Stage

Free Admission,

Donations Accepted

Proof of vaccination and masks required

 

About Losing My Religion:

In this highly personal solo play, a woman takes us from her childhood as an observant Catholic to the present day, when she is...not. By tracing her relationship with her father and the rest of her family, she reaches a better understanding of how she got from there to here, and what might fill the empty space that's left after her religion falls away.

 

2022 Stages Festival

Torn Asunder and Two Elizas are part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance 2022 Stages Festival, made possible by support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Bank of America; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; OceanFirst Foundation; New Jersey Historical Commission. 

 

www.njtheatrealliance.org/stages

Time

Location

Price

March 11 & 12 | 8:00pm

In-person at Luna Stage

Free Admission,

Donations Accepted

Proof of vaccination and masks required

 
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About Torn Asunder:

Prince George's County, MD, 1860. Hannah, a relatively contented enslaved woman, has her world rocked when her master dies and she, for the first time, is separated from her family, new husband, and baby. But, just as she begins to lose all hope to ever see her husband and child again, the seceded south falls to the Union, the enslaved are freed with the 13th Amendment, and Hannah has the opportunity to put her family back together...if she can find them. TORN ASUNDER dramatizes true stories of newly emancipated African Americans trying to overcome the ever-present vestiges of institutional slavery to reconnect with their families. Based on the research of Prof. Heather Andrea Williams.

*Part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance 2022 Stages Festival. Learn more below.

Time

April   01 & 02 | 8:00 pm

April   03 | 2:00 pm

Location

In-person at Luna Stage

Price

Free Admission,

Donations Accepted

Proof of vaccination and masks required

 
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About Two Elizas:

Two Elizas, a new solo show by Jenny Mercein, explores women's rights, motherhood, and loss. The piece juxtaposes the true story of Mercein's ancestor Eliza Mercein Barry's 1847 U.S. Supreme Court case Barry v Mercein regarding the custody of her daughter with Mercein's own complicated journey to motherhood. Two Elizas candidly explores the taboo topics of mental illness and miscarriage, aiming to spark conversation around women's rights, intergenerational trauma, and loss. Though separated by over 150 years, both women experience the pressure on women to marry, the pain of losing a child, and the resilience required of and inspired by motherhood.

*Part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance 2022 Stages Festival. Learn more below.

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