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 "And when did poor become something other than just being poor? How my family become your concern?"

                                Mama Cora


Out of the madness of North Carolina's eugenics program comes this important new play by Vincent Terrell Durham.  Set in 1958, an impoverished African-American family takes an unwanted journey of discovery as they await and then confront the sugar-coated demands of the eugenics agent. Her appearance makes clear that the proclaimed state ideal comes wrapped in more than a faith in science.

This production in Elmira comes after Face It! Theatre's highly acclaimed initial production in Binghamton, New York, in 2018.  It is with great pleasure our theatre and this play have been selected by the John W. Jones Museum to be performed at the Clemens.

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Face it! Theatre Travels To Elmira, New York!

Vincent Durham's

The Fertile River

Mandeville Hall, Clemens Center

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Friday, November 1st, 6:30 p.m.

Tickets in advance $30 ($35 at the door)

Saturday, November 2nd, 2:00 p.m.  

VIP Matinee and meet the cast

(hors d'oeurves, complimentary tastings and silent auction)

$50 in advance ($55 at the door)

Saturday, 7:30 p.m. 

Encore Performance

$30 in advance ($35 at the door)

Proceeds to benefit the John W. Jones Museum, Elmira, New York


To purchase tickets (607) 734-8191




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