Napa County Historical Society – Playwright Cris Blak: Mary Ellen Pleasant

Napa County Historical Society, The Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival and Napa Valley College host a conversation with playwright Cris Blak at 7 pm on Thursday, February 16th at the Napa Valley College, Little Theater.

Blak is working on a full-length play around the life of entrepreneur Mary Ellen Pleasant, who is often referred to as the Mother of Civil Rights in California. Pleasant impacted the history of San Francisco and is buried in Napa at Tulocay Cemetery. The evening’s moderator, NVC Professor Mandisa Wood, Program Coordinator of the Cultural Center, will discuss with Blak his work and its role in changing how we see history.

The event will also feature readings from Blak’s work with the Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival’s Tulocay Project. Cris Eli Blak is a proud Black playwright whose work has been performed and produced around the world, from Off-Broadway; across the country regionally; on university stages; as well as in London, Australia, Ireland, and Canada. The event is free but in-person seating and zoom reservations are limited.

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February 16

7: 00 pm

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