For one night only, celebrated writer/performer Jeanmarie Simpson will be in Reno to read her newest solo work-in-progress, Mary's Joy. The play explores the life of Mary Dyer, the first colonial woman executed in the "New World." She was hanged in Boston June 1, 1660 because she was a Quaker.
Simpson is well known in the region. She founded the Nevada Shakespeare Company and served as its artistic director from 1989 until 2008, performing and directing in dozens of celebrated productions.
The reading will take place at the Non-Profit Center, 1301 Cordone Suite 212, 7pm. Lots of parking. Seating is limited, early attendance is encourage, as there will be no late seating. Complimentary food, wine and other beverages will be provided. Donations encouraged to benefit the Sierra Association of Foster Families, Joseph Galata, Executive and Creative Director.
According to Galata, "The Sierra Association of Foster Families is a 501c3 non profit serving children, teens, and adults within the foster care system. These children are abused, abandoned, neglected their birth parents live in poverty and suffer from various vulnerabilities foster parents are the temporary custodians of the children until the birth parents work their "court action plan" to get their children returned. Our organization focuses on the education of the youth. 85% of adults in prisons do not have high school diplomas and 70% of those adults were children or teens in foster care. We also focus on creating healthy identities for the youth and we are advocates for both the birth parents and foster parents.
See www.positiveparentingtogether.org. Our programs include. In-Home/After School Academic Tutoring, Horse Therapy, Education Not Incarceration Media, Foster-Birth Parents Working Together, and Health and Happiness Exercise Programs. I have been trying to introduce the importance of ARTS into the world of foster care, with theatre projects."