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“Edges of Time”: A new play reading about the life of journalist Marvel Cooke by playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton

Edges of Time is a one-woman show about the early life and career of Marvel Cooke, a journalist, activist, and all around unconventional woman. Set in 1963, in the wake of the Birmingham Church Bombing, Marvel reflects on the events of her life from a socialist upbringing in Minnesota to a career in progressive journalism in New York to an ill-fated trip to East Germany that led to a subpoena from Joseph McCarthy to testify at the Army–McCarthy hearings about her involvement with the Communist Party.  Edges of Time is a powerful and haunting exploration of the role of journalism, the impact of government overreach, and what it means for a woman to live her life freely and independently in a patriarchal world. The dramatic reading will be held in Room 102 of the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art.

Play by Jacqueline E. Lawton

Directed by Kaja Dunn

Dramaturgy by Jules Odendahl-James

Featuring Kathryn Hunter-Williams as Marvel Cooke

Stage Directions by Ash Heffernan

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