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New play readings return to in-person performances
Sponsored by Friends of the Cranford Library and a Union
County HEART Grant:
ENJOY THE READING
DISCUSS THE PLAY
TRUE STORY: In 1863, Abraham Lincoln sent his closest
Jewish friend, Issachar
Zacharie, behind Confederate lines to explore a peace
treaty with Confederate Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin, also
As negotiations to end the Civil War falter, the two
emissaries from opposing sides become locked in a battle over the fate
of Philip Green, an enslaved Black man working for Benjamin, and the
secret of that relationship is unraveled.
Martin Coren earned an MFA in
Playwriting from Columbia University and has won two best-play awards.
His plays have been performed here and abroad, and he has had several
public readings. Special thanks to The Theater Project and Cranford
Act 1 of THE NEGOTIATION will be read, followed by
discussion with author, director, and cast: