Play About Segregation Staged In Pottstown, Blue Bell

The college's Blue Bell campus at night

POTTSTOWN PA – “Pretty Fire,” described by critics as a “funny, human and moving presentation” about Jim Crow segregation filled with songs and stories of faith and family, will be staged next week in Pottstown and Blue Bell PA, thanks to a partnership between Montgomery County Community College and Theater Horizon of Norristown.

The first performance will be presented Feb. 10 (2012; Friday) at 7 p.m. in the South Hall community room of the college’s West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown. The second will be held Feb. 11 (Saturday) at 8 p.m. in the Blackbox Theater, Science Center Lower Level, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Both are part of the 25th anniversary season of the college Lively Arts series.

Tickets are being sold online, here, and cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and students, and $10 for children age 12 and younger. For more information, call college Theatre Arts Coordinator Michael Whistler at 215-990-7971.

Written by Tony Award nominee, actor and playwright Charlayne Woodard, Pretty Fire reportedly “provides a window for the audience to view life from the innocent perspective of a child, who somehow sees the beauty of the world as she grows up, despite the hate surrounding her. The performance follows the West African griot storytelling tradition in which one actress plays many roles and ages.”

The production features Barrymore Award-winner Cathy Simpson. It is directed by James Ijames and is supported by producers from Theatre Horizon and student designers and technicians, who are a part of the college Theatre Production Workshop and Drama Club.

“I’m thrilled for this collaboration,” said Whistler, “because it allows Theatre Arts students and students in the Drama Club to collaborate with professional artists in the process of creating theater.”