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JCTC presents Our Times: Uprising

July 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

a young black male and older black male holding hands

JCTC Explores Issues of Race, Oppression & Injustice with New Online Series

Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) presents Our Times: Uprising, a virtual reading series of plays, poetry & other writings by Black American Authors. Beginning on Monday July 13, the series runs three weeks on consecutive Mondays and provides an original overview of African American history and culture while exploring issues of race, oppression and injustice for contemporary audiences.

Episode 1
LA RACE (La Raz)

July 13th/6:00pm:


Gentrification has come to The Rockaways in Queens and Maxine finds herself jobless and searching. After being pushed into running for city council by her closest friend AJ, Maxine is challenged to balance her sense of self, love and what is right in this funny yet gripping new work. Written by Bleu Beckford Burrell; Directed by Nicolette Lynch


Episode 2

A Collection of Poems

July 20th / 600 pm


An evening of poetry curated by Count Stovall, Nicolette Lynch, Marie Thomas and Perri Gaffney. From Shakespeare to Langston Hughes, this evenings of select readings by theatre professionals brings some beauty and heart to our uncertain times.



Episode 3
HAVING OUR SAY: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years

July 27th/ 6pm:


The warm, feisty & sharp-witted Delany sisters speak their mind in a play that is both vital historical record and a moving portrait of two remarkable women who continued to love, laugh, and embrace life after over a hundred years of living side by side. Their sharp memories show us the post-Reconstruction South and Booker T. Washington; Harlem’s Golden Age and Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Paul Robeson. Bessie breaks barriers to become a dentist; Sadie quietly integrates the New York City system as a high school teacher. Written by Emily Mann, their extraordinary story makes an important contribution to our nation’s heritage—and an indelible impression on our lives.



July 13, 2020
6:00 pm


Jersey City Theater Center
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