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Community Matters 2014

Community Matters is a series of free events presented in partnership between People’s Light and numerous local organizations to spark dialogue about vital issues in our community. Performed readings of new plays are the centerpiece of each evening. Our partner organizations will be there to capture the enthusiasm and excitement that can come from the emotional response to a work of art, and then a well-led public discussion forum. Join us for the play. Participate in the conversation. All events are free!

The Community Matters program is made possible in part by grants from the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, the Barra Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

New Play Frontiers

By Eisa Davis
  Colman Domingo
  Kate Fodor
Karen Hartman
Dominique Morisseau
Kathryn Petersen

Monday, June 9, 2014, 7pm
Leonard C. Haas Stage

Six leading American playwrights are in residency in local communities to learn about and be inspired by our region's history and current social issues as part of the New Play Frontiers program at People's Light. This evening will consist of staged readings of work by these New Play Frontiers writers, who will also share the experiences and discoveries that will inspire their new writing during this residency program.

Community Partners in West Chester, Phoenixville, Chester Springs, Kennett Square, Germantown, and Philadelphia all support these residencies and the new plays that will emerge from them.

Alastair Moock and Friends Present: Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids

Monday, May 19, 2014, 7pm
Leonard C. Haas Stage

The Singing Our Way Through project was created by Boston musician and father Alastair Moock. In July 2012, one of Alastair's twin five-year-old daughters, Clio, was diagnosed with leukemia. Alastair and Clio sang and wrote together while she was in the hospital and over the next year Alastair continued to write and campaign. With the help of an amazing fundraising campaign, those songs came together in an album called Singing Our Way Through; Songs for the World's Bravest Kids. Now Alastair is bringing that album – and live performances – to hospitals, clinics, and camps around the country.

Community Partners include the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, and Arts Holding Hands and Hearts, Inc.

Help spread the word! Click here to download the Singing Our Way Through flyer.

Click here for a free mp3 download of "This Little Light of Mine (feat. The World's Bravest Kids)".

Hold These Truths

By Jeanne Sakata
Directed by Lisa Rothe
Featuring Joel de la Fuente in a Drama Desk Award-nominated performance.
Monday, March 17, 2014, 7pm
Leonard C. Haas Stage

Inspired by a true story. During World War II in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi agonizes over U. S. government orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggles to reconcile his country's betrayal with his passionate belief in the U. S. Constitution, Gordon journeys toward a greater understanding of America's triumphs---and a confrontation with its failures.

Community Partners include the National Constitution Center, the American Friends Service Committee, ACLU of Greater Philadelphia, and the Japanese American Citizens League – Philadelphia Chapter.