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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Communipaw Story Marathon

Dramatic readings of short stories by Washington Irving, one of the first writers to capture a distinctly "American" literary voice.

Special Musical Guest
Nathan Carpenter

Friday, June 4

264 Fairmount Space
McGinley Square, Jersey City
7:30pm - 10:00pm

Sit back, have a bite and a sip, and enjoy a ride back in time.

Washington Irving was born in 1783 on Williams Street in lower Manhattan. The son of Scottish immigrant merchants, Irving was fascinated from a young age by stories of the Dutch settlement of the New York area before British rule. Many of his works reflect the influence of the New Netherland period (1609-1665) and the Dutch culture on the area. Irving set three of the stories you'll hear this evening in what is today called Jersey City; back then, it was known as Communipaw.

Enjoy excerpts from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Communipaw, A Conspiracy of Cocked Hats and A Tale of Communipaw / Guests From Gibbet Island, plus a couple of surprises.

The Actors:

Mary Lois Adshead is an actor.director/producer living in Hoboken NJ. Trained at Lee Strasberg Studios and in England, she founded the Little Theater of Geneva, Switzerland and the Jubilee Fish Theater, an Equity company in Mobile, Alabama. Adshead has acted in television and stage across the U.S. and internationally.

Trish Szymanski is an actor, writer, singer/songwriter, community advocate/activist and arts promoter. She trained with Christine Goodman and Judith Sloan (acting) and with June Foley and Barry Goldsmith (writing). She has a particular interest in the New Netherland period and its legacy in the American ethos. Trish is the founder of the Uptown Crew.

Sharon Zaslaw received her BFA in Musical Theatre Boston Conservatory of Music. She is a graduate of Weist Barron School of Television. Zaslaw has had roles in numerous New York City and regional theater productions, film and industrial productions.

Singer-songwriter Nathan Carpenter calls his music style punk roots. Who are we to argue? It's familiar and strange, sounds old and new, all at the same time. A newcomer to Jersey City, Nathan lives in Journal Square.

Refreshments available.
264 Fairmount Space has street parking and is clean and green. Smoking outside, please.

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Communipaw Story Marathon is a JC Fridays event.

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