Community Reads

Looking for a different way to experience a play online?

Join Theater J for a fun, relaxed, and supportive reading of a topical play where you can play a part. Community Reads requires no acting experience – this is not a performance, but a chance to hear a play out loud and in community via Zoom.

All are welcome, even if you just want to listen.

All are invited – Community Reads is FREE – but reservations are required.

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Gloria: A Life by Emily Mann

September 1 at 7:00 PM

Recently featured on PBS Great Performances, Gloria: A Life chronicles Gloria Steinem’s decades-long fight for women’s equality and the activists—including Flo Kennedy, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Bella Abzug, and Wilma Mankiller—who guided her along the way. The script ends by inviting participants to share their personal reflections in a talking circle, a format Steinem and her contemporaries used in their advocacy.

The event is free and open to everyone. Every participant must register individually, including those in the same household.

If you are interested in reading, please register by 2pm EST on Tuesday, September 1st. Folks registering between 2pm and 6pm that day are welcome to join us as listeners.

We will assign roles before the reading, mindful of readers’ and characters’ identities. We invite everyone to share their own experiences and to deepen their connection to the play’s themes in the talking circle.

Information on how to join as well as access to a digital script will be distributed to registrants in advance of the event.

In lieu of charging admission, we ask you to consider supporting Radical Monarchs, a California-based non-profit which creates “opportunities for young girls of color to form fierce sisterhood, celebrate their identities and contribute radically to their communities.” More information here:

Co-Presented with the EDCJCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility.