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Press Release

Outreach Program A Big Hit for Literacy Coalition

Oct 18 2007
Palm Beach Dramaworks

West Palm Beach’s only resident professional theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks collaborated with the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition in “Literacy and the Arts Day” by performing an abridged version of New Kid, a play by Dennis Foon. Adult immigrants who are learning English as a second language, came from all over Palm Beach County and filled the Literacy Coalition’s Adult Education Center in West Palm Beach held on October 3, 2007. The program was sponsored by the Town of Palm Beach United Way in partnership with Palm Beach Dramaworks. Directed by Mark Lynch, New Kid tells the story of an immigrant family arriving in America from a fictitious country called “Homeland.” As New Kid unfolds, the family discovers a new culture in which they are overwhelmed by the language, the customs, the new foods and unexpected prejudice. The packed crowd at the Adult Education Center reacted with empathy and laughter as they related to the many issues brought to life by the actors. Palm Beach Dramaworks’ goal in presenting this outreach program with the Literacy Coalition is to offer theatre to the underserved and to reinforce the importance and necessity of adult literacy to complete job applications, write a check, read medical instructions, and help a son or daughter with homework. Guided since 2000 by the strong artistic vision of its founding members and with the support of its dedicated Board of Directors, Palm Beach Dramaworks is a professional not-for-profit theatre company that engages and entertains audiences with provocative and timeless productions that personally impact each individual.

Photo-left to right: • Last row: Dr. Cynthia Smith, Principal of the Adult Education Center (AEC); Nancy McPherson, Career Center Coordinator of the AEC; Beth Walton, Vice President, United Way of the Town of Palm Beach; Darlene Kosbrub, Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition. • Middle row: Sue Ellen Beryl, Managing Director, Palm Beach Dramaworks; Ashely Ellenburg, actor; Nanique Gheridian, Company Manager, Palm Beach Dramaworks; Mark Lynch, director. • First row: Brad Barfield, actor; Justin Sims, actor.