Something to remember, as we enter a new year: Yesterday's history, Tomorrow is a mystery and Today is a gift, that's why it is called "the present". [Via]

Thursday, August 13, 2009


A play about two Pullman porters and a local club woman attempting to convince them to join the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

This play is by local playwright Judith Offer, who also wrote CASINO! a musical about an Indian casino in the Fox.

When: Saturday, August 14th at 2:00 p.m.


When: Sunday, August 15th at 3:00 p.m.

Both are free events. For questions, call (510) 444-0257.

The actors for the readings include Wendell Brooks, a teacher at Berkeley High, known by many in Oakland for his incredible bass singing voice; Mark O'Neill, familiar to community theatre mavens; Sabrina Brown, an operatic soprano, who with Mr. O'Neill was featured in Ms. Offer's A SHIRTWAIST TALE; Damon Williams, who performs in Vallejo and with a traveling group.

Ms. Offer researched the play over a period of a couple of years, in the AAMLO, the Sacramento Railroad Museum, and on the Streets of West Oakland. "Oakland is an old railroad town", she explains. I've always thought something in my work should reference the local train industry. The Pullman porters and all their determined hard work that built up the African American community really appeal to me."

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