East Lynne Theater Company to Host Free Staged Reading to Honor Juneteenth
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- One-Man Show on Novelist and Activist James Baldwin Returns to Cape May, June 22 -

CAPE MAY, N.J. - JerseyDesk -- For the second year, East Lynne Theater Company will host a Juneteenth staged reading of "Citizen James, or The Young Man Without a Country" to honor the national holiday. The free event will take place 2:30 p.m., June 22, at Cape May Rotary Park.

"Citizen James," written by Kyle Bass, resident playwright of Syracuse Stage, is a one-man show that relays the story of acclaimed novelist and civil rights activist James Baldwin, played by actor James Alton. The reading is part of a day of activities co-hosted by the Harriet Tubman Museum of NJ.

"Juneteenth is an important holiday with deep, historical ties to the Cape May community," said Craig Fols, artistic director at East Lynne. "We are honored to collaborate with the Harriet Tubman Museum for a celebration that our entire community can enjoy."

"Citizen James" takes place in 1948, when a young Baldwin­­ leaves the U.S. for Paris with $40 and no knowledge of French. He cannot fully leave his past behind, and it's the violent reality of his racist homeland that sets him on a path to becoming one of the world's most brilliant authors, and one of the most powerful voices of the Civil Rights era.

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"We're proud to share Rotary Park stage with the Harriet Tubman Museum, and excited to bring this reading to our community again for an opportunity to learn about James Baldwin's extraordinary life," said Fols. "'Citizen James' is an inspirational story that beautifully weaves together our country's violent past with a sense of hope for our future."

The begins at 12:30 p.m. with updates from the museum on its summer programming, followed by the Eddie Morgan Trio at 1 p.m., then the staged reading of "Citizen James" at 2:30 p.m.

Free tickets can be found at bit.ly/HTMjuneteenth. Bring a beach chair or blanket.

Rotary Park is at 400-498 Lafayette St. in Cape May. East Lynne is located at 500 Hughes St. Information about East Lynne's current season, as well as ticket reservations for upcoming shows, can be found at EastLynneTheater.org.

About East Lynne Theater Company:

Founded in 1980, East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC) was the first theater in the country with the unique mission of presenting and preserving America's theatrical heritage. The New York Times listed ELTC as one of the 75 top summer theaters in North America. In 2018, the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly passed a joint legislative resolution recognizing ELTC as "one of the state's most important cultural treasures."

Source: East Lynne Theater Co.
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