Acclaimed Playwright’s Educational Play Brings Laughs and Understanding to the Paramount Hudson Valley
Spencer Cohen, Feature Writer
Playwright, author, producer, and director JD Lawrence brought his original and latest play, Harriet, Rosa & Me, to the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater on May 26 in an effort to inspire and educate the Peekskill community about Black history.
Harriet, Rosa & Me tells the story of a young woman named Hope who decides to cut class and skip taking a Black History test, as it is no longer Black History month. While waiting at the bus and subway stops, Hope encounters two women, Harriet and Rosa, who show Hope the significance of Black History.
“I wanted something that I could inspire young folk with,” Lawrence said. “I just want [the audience/community] to leave a little bit more educated than when they came. So, that was the whole purpose of having Harriet, Rosa & Me.”
It was clear that Lawrence’s aspiration was to make audience members gain something meaningful and impactful would from watching the performance. Audience members seemed to have really enjoyed it and claimed to be very influenced by its story and compelled to learn.
Watching Harriet, Rosa & Me at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater proved to be an enjoyable experience for many patrons.
“The whole show was very interesting and informative,” Patron Jenna said. “I think it’s a great show for young people to see.”
“I just love the Paramount,” Patron Margie said. “I am hoping that they will continue to provide this outlet to our community.”
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