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Penn State Harrisburg set to present play for MLK Day

Posted 12/20/17

PenOwl Productions of Harrisburg and Penn State Harrisburg are celebrating 20 years of the MLK Campus Play Series with the production “Pulling Strings.”

The production addresses the …

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Penn State Harrisburg set to present play for MLK Day

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PenOwl Productions of Harrisburg and Penn State Harrisburg are celebrating 20 years of the MLK Campus Play Series with the production “Pulling Strings.”

The production addresses the questions: Who should write history and what are the stories of African-American history that should be remembered?

For the 20th year, PenOwl Productions Theatre Company is partnering with Penn State Harrisburg to sponsor an original dramatic production for the Martin Luther King national holiday.  Pulling Strings will be performed twice, at noon Monday, Jan. 15 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, in the Capital Union Building at Penn State Harrisburg.

The performances are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and can be reserved by registering at mlk20thannualproduction.eventbrite.com. For information, call 717-525-9505.

According to a press release: “Pulling Strings” begins in 1990 with a group of community folk discussing the importance of telling the factual stories of African-American history while preparing for a Martin Luther King Day event.  What they discover is both empowering and uplifting.  And to get to the truth, they might just have to pull a few strings.

“We are overjoyed at reaching a two-decade partnership with Penn State Harrisburg in which we highlight the important and often little known contributions of African-Americans,” said Dr. Robert Scott, chairman of the Board of PenOwl Productions. “We think that we are the only theatre company which has produced an original play in honor of the MLK Holiday for the last 20 years.  That is surely a cause for celebration!”

“Pulling Strings” was written by Dr. Dorothy E. King, Founder of PenOwl Productions and retired assistant professor of sociology at Penn State Harrisburg. The play is directed by Ronda Peters, with Mitchell Bentley as assistant director.