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Community Matters 2017

Community Matters is a series of free events at People’s Light to spark dialogue about vital issues in our community. Performed readings of new plays are the centerpiece of each evening. They are followed by a vibrant discussion with key community partners, artists, and special guests. All events are free!

Community Matters is supported in part by the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation and Rebecca Bradbeer.


By Karen Hartman (Project Dawn, 2017)
Monday, August 14, 2017, 7pm
Leonard C. Haas Stage
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“You want to talk about skin in the game? Every one of my patients stuck a needle in my arm. I rolled up my sleeve and made it personal.”

The gripping untold story of one doctor’s ethical struggle at the onset of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Dr. Roz thinks she’s found the right cure in a new miracle drug for Ray Leon’s hemophiliac twins — until the miracle goes bad.

Post-performance discussion will address the healthcare industry and patient advocacy.

Teri Lamm
Christopher Patrick Mullen

Shelly Bloom, Director of Legislative Awareness and Training, Emerson Reid, LLC
Mary Ellen T. Miller, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, Associate Professor Emeritus, DeSales University
Marilyn Benoit, M.D., SHSA, SCP and Chief Medical Officer, Chief Clinical Officer, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

P3M5: Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays

Monday, August 21, 2017, 7pm
Leonard C. Haas Stage
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A series of newly commissioned 5-minute plays from writers around the world investigating the value, nature, and evolution of privacy. Playwrights include: Rebecca Gilman (US), David Greig (UK), Simona Hamer (Slovenia), Kenneth Lin (US), Alex Lorette (Belgium), Mihaela Michailov (Romania) and more.

Post-performance discussion will address the value, nature, and evolution of privacy.

Kate Boyle, Director of Reference and Technology, Tredyffrin Public Library
Marc Dubach, Information Security, SEI
Peter Goldberger, Private Attorney and Vice President of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania

Past readings

Lela & Co.

By Cordelia Lynn
Monday, June 26, 2017, 7pm
Steinbright Stage

"As for what came next, things unspoken and untold until now, it happened like this…"

In the beginning was the mattress. Gradually, other little changes - more bolts on the front door; the gun; the locked cupboard. And she knew in her heart that change was bad. The story of a young girl trapped in an increasingly tiny world. Based on a true story.

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