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Christmas" In July

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2003, African-American Collective Theater, (ACT), continued it’s summer reading series of new works-in-progress with the first public performance of Christmas Gifts at the Warehouse Next Door theater space.

Pictured above are cast members, Charles W. Harris, Jr., Josette Murray, Martin Pree, Leila Chynna Pree, and Lynn Chavis, with narrator, Pamela Jafari, and playwright, Alan Sharpe.

Christmas Gifts chronicles a pivotal Christmas Eve that finds stressed-out Dolores "Dolly" Coleman juggling: her toy-crazed ten year-old, boy-crazy teen, a sentimental ex-husband, and her independent female lover -- even as she faces an ominous discovery that may change all of their lives forever.

The one-act script is a companion piece to Sharpe’s "Auld Lang Syne", which will be seen  in the 2003 Source Theatre Festival.  The two plays are projected to be paired for a full production at the end of year, during the holiday season.  This "sneak peek" debut reading was followed by a brief discussion, so that the audience could provide feedback for the cast and playwright/director.


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