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Contact: Cynthia Schwartz

Readings of Mary’s Joy – the anatomy of a martyr Begin Saturday

Jeanmarie Simpson plays Mary Dyer

Boulder, Colorado, March 2, 2010 – The Peace and Social Justice Committee of the Boulder Friends Meeting and Universal Arts Boulder present three dramatic readings of the new play, Mary’s Joy – the anatomy of a martyr, by celebrated actor-playwright Jeanmarie Simpson.

Each reading will be followed by an open discussion and patrons are encouraged to offer feedback to help in the development of the new play. A fully staged production is planned for autumn, 2012.
Mary’s Joy: the anatomy of a martyr is a solo performance work that examines the life of Mary Dyer, the first colonial woman executed in the New World. She was hanged on June 1, 1660 because she was a Quaker. The play takes place during the last moments of her life as she reflects on her past, and grapples with the most fundamental and difficult questions humans ever ask themselves. A tour-de-force that takes place against the backdrop of the brutal practices of the Puritan Church/State government in early New England, the play is honest, graphic and uncompromising in its storytelling.

The dramatic readings are universally accessible – ASL interpreter, assisted listening devices, large print and braille programs andthe informational program will be read aloud and ASL interpreted. . The building is fully ADA compliant.

There is no admission charge, however donations are gratefully accepted.

Due to extremely graphic imagery, no children will be admitted.

Boulder Friends Meeting House

1825 Upland Ave. Boulder, Co 80304

March 5, 2011 2pm

March 11&12 7pm

Seating Extremely Limited – no late seating

Donations benefit the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center and Universal Arts Boulder





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