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Lone Brick Theatre Company to Present Original Adaptation of Common Reading Beginning this Weekend

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The Widener University Lone Brick Theatre Company will present an original adaptation of the university’s common reading, “Letters to My Younger Self,” paired with William Saroyan’s play “Hello, Out There.”

The shows take place Saturday, Nov. 7 and Sunday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 12 at 9 p.m. in Widener’s Kapelski Learning Center, Room 1.

Purchase tickets at the door for $3. Individuals who bring a coat, sweater or a hat/scarf to donate to DelcoCares receive free admission.

Edited by Jayne Thompson, a senior lecturer of English at Widener, “Letters to My Younger Self” is a collection of writings by men imprisoned at S.C. I. Graterford. While leading a reading and writing group at the prison, Thompson asked her students to write letters to their younger selves or memoir pieces of a time when they were between 11 and 17 and made a decision that had negative consequences or of an incident that continues to sit uncomfortably in their conscience. Those pieces became the foundation for the book.

Members of Lone Brick Theatre Company will perform monologues taken from “Letters to My Younger Self.” Then, the company will perform “Hello, Out There,” a one-act play set in a small Texas jail.

The Lone Brick Theatre Company is also preparing for its mainstage production of Marsha Norman’s “Getting Out,” which also corresponds to this year’s common reading as it examines the issues surrounding inmates once they are released from prison. “Getting Out” will run Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 17 and Thursday, Nov. 19 at 9 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Kapelski Learning Center, Room 1. Purchase tickets at the door. General admission is $10, and free admission is also available for this production with the donation of a winter clothing item to DelcoCares.

Robert Reutter, company director and senior lecturer of English at Widener, is excited to present plays in conjunction with this year’s common reading. “The hope is that these plays, written in very different eras, will extend the important discussions begun in Jayne Thompson’s text. Ideally, people will be able to read the book and see the plays and then take the conversations begun in all out into the world where they can start advocating for prison reform and for a culture where we truly treat each other with dignity and respect.”

Lone Brick Theatre is Widener University’s resident theatre company dedicated to producing non-traditional theatre through innovative scripts, staging, directing and performance. Learn more at

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