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'Purple Hearts' Punctuating Munroe Saturday Nights

The venue is shifting to First Parish next Saturday, May 12, for a staged reading of Playwright Merrill Meadow's gripping drama, "Purple Hearts."

The following was provided by Deborah Weiner, coordinator for Munroe Saturday Nights at Munroe Center for the Arts.

Don't miss the final presentation in Munroe Saturday Nights' 2012 season: A staged reading of llaywright Merrill Meadow's gripping drama, "Purple Hearts."

This production will be presented on Saturday, May 12th at 7:30 p.m., at , 7 Harrington Road.  The performance benefits  two local arts organizations -- ' Community Programs and the Sheltering Arts program (which brings writing and performance experiences to women in the South Middlesex Correctional Center). The performance will be followed by a dessert reception and a conversation with the director and actors.

"Purple Hearts" will be directed by award-winning playwright, director, and actress Melinda Lopez, and features Lexington actors Regie O'Hare Gibson and Don Cohen in the cast, along with some of Boston's finest professional performers.

A new cornerstone for Meadow's Camden Trilogy, "Purple Hearts" offers a prism through which the members of one extended family struggle to define themselves and their place in history -- and to explore their capacities for both healing and forgiveness. (Because the play has a smattering of unsavory language, it may not be appropriate for children under 13.)

"Purple Hearts" is being presented at First Parish in Lexington in order to accommodate a larger audience.  Free parking is available at the rear of the building, which is handicapped accessible.

The suggested donation for this benefit performance is $25/person.  Reservations are strongly recommended for this event, and can be made by emailing: saturdays@munroecenter.org. Plan to arrive at First Parish by 7:10 to claim reservations.

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