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HERstory – A night of poetry, music & more!

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April 24, 2019
The Capital BlueCross Theatre will host an innovative production––HERstory and Jazz Collective: Bridges of Love and Tragedy––that features a mix of spoken-word poetry and live music.
Award-winning poet and Central Penn College Professor Maria James-Thiaw will provide the verbal fireworks, showcasing new poems that weave a tale of love, tragedy and hope.
She will be backed by a jazz ensemble led by drummer Mark Hunsberger, who’s an adjunct professor at the college and director of education for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.
“Theatre-goers can expect a transcendent night of poetry, jazz and more,” says Janet Bixler, theatre director, who’s been helming original and thought-provoking productions since the Capital BlueCross Theatre’s inaugural performance in October 2014.
HERstory, while a stand-alone production, also previews material that will appear in the theatre’s September production of Bridge (the gap), a new play created by the Sankofa African American Theatre Company in partnership with Reclaim Artist Collective.
“The improvisational exchange of the combined talents between poet and musicians creates an energy that wraps the audience in a dynamic experience,” says Bixler. “The Capital BlueCross Theatre is honored to present such a performance.”
This is the second time James-Thiaw and Hunsberger have collaborated on a HERstory event. The first production occurred in December 2017 and featured poems from James-Thiaw’s Reclaiming My Time: An American Griot Project.
Attendees can enjoy refreshments, including mocktails, with the proceeds benefitting the college’s drama club. General admission is $10; for students, it’s $3. Tickets can be purchased online at: https://her-story-jazz.eventbrite.com.


Greg Colburn
Communications Coordinator
(717) 728-2521
(717) 732-7166 (Fax)