Reading of award winning “Finding Clara” and Fund Raising Gala | Nov 1

Silent Screen Star, Clara Bow
Silent Screen Star, Clara Bow

The Justice Theater Project (JTP) will partner with award winning playwright June Guralnick to present select scenes from “Finding Clara” on Sunday, November 1 at the Murphy School Auditorium in Raleigh.

JTP will host the third annual “Gala for Justice”,  beginning with a staged reading of “Finding Clara” that is free and open to the public.   “Finding Clara” is a play about lintheads, silent movie stars and lost love.  Parallel stories of a fictional mill worker and the real life of silent screen star Clara Bow unfold against the explosive background of pre-depression 1929 America. Featuring area theater veterans Betsy Henderson, David Henderson, Barbette Hunter, Byron Jennings, Canady Vance Thomas, Zach Thomas and newcomer Lindsay Hayden.  Seating for the staged reading is limited and reservations are required.

“Finding Clara” has received numerous  awards including a Silver Medal at the 2003 Pinter Drama Review Prize, winner of the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre New Plays Competition in 2001-02,  North Carolina Arts Council Literature Fellowship in 2001-02, was a Finalist: Mockingbird Theatre New Plays Contest in 2001 and received a Piedmont Regional Artist Grant in 2000.

An after show discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Jacquelyn Hall, the Julia Cherry Spruill Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of the Southern Oral History Program. She is the co-author of “Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World” and of many articles on working-class women.  Dr. Hall will discuss the play and the related topic of the history of mill workers in the south.

Directly following the free reading, JTP will host the third annual “Gala for Justice”, a fund raising event.  The Roaring 20s era of “gangsters, speak easies, prohibition back rooms, flappers, boas and maybe even some ‘bathtub gin’, will be juxtaposed against  the staged reading of  “Finding Clara”.

Entertainment during the fund raising event will be provided by “Anything But”, speakeasy jazz performed by true southerners, features Canady Vance Thomas, Cody Cockrell and Jason Hedrick.  Cast members from JTP’s recent production of the musical “Working” will perform at the end of the evening.  A silent auction benefiting the outreach and productions of JTP will take place, and the $25.00 admission fee includes food and drink.

Gala for Justice to benefit the performances and outreach of The Justice Theater Project will be held: Sunday, November 1, 2009, Murphy School Auditorium, 224 Polk St., Downtown Raleigh, (Burning Coal Theater’s Murphy Auditorium). 7:30 PM  $25 PER PERSON.

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