Help us bring Sunny's story to life!

SUNNY’S SPRING CHALLENGE honors plucky young Sunny, the lead character in four-time Emmy Award winner Judy Tate’s masterful new play SLASHES OF LIGHT. It takes place at an all-black parochial middle school in 1966 Chicago. Sunny – a precocious, talented, and effervescent young girl – befriends a new white history teacher who carries hidden scars from a painful past. Sunny’s relationships with her teacher, her best friend, and her middle school crush, create a curious quadrangle. Echoes of the Holocaust intersect with the final throes of the civil rights movement in this coming-of-age story.

Civic Ensemble is honored to help bring the upcoming World Premiere Production of SLASHES OF LIGHT to Ithaca, New York: June 11-29 – being presented as a joint project with the Kitchen Theatre Company, and directed by Melissa Maxwell. Click here for tickets and info.

We are proud to champion innovative playwrights like Judy Tate, and we are proud to be premiering fresh, socially-relevant stories that need more room on the American theatre landscape.

By contributing any amount to Sunny’s Spring Challenge, you can help bring Sunny to life!  Your support will make possible a prestigious world premiere in Ithaca, and it will allow Civic Ensemble to offer more world premieres of exciting new plays by women and playwrights of color.

Donations are tax-deductible.

We thank you for your support of the arts!

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