Footlight Club’s ‘Clybourne Park’ Builds Off Famed ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

The Footlight Club's current show is Clybourne Park , the Pulitzer Prize winning play that was spun out of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A Raisin in the Sun. Bruce Norris' 2010 play was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2011, and Tony Award for Best Play in 2012. The play occurs during and after Hansberry's play, and is loosely based on historical events that took place in Chicago. In 1959 white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. In the next act the play is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles gentrification.

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$1.9M in CPA Funds Recommended for Pine Street Inn Building, Footlight Club, Haffenreffer Brewery

Three Jamaica Plain projects are among the 40 recommended by the city to receive more than $24 million in Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds. The Community Preservation Committee met on Jan. 27 to vote on Mayor Marty Walsh's recommended slate of projects for funding. The Boston City Council will need to approve the use of the funds, and the council is expected to vote in the coming weeks. The three Jamaica Plain projects are:

$1,500,000 to the Pine Street Inn and the Community Builders to build a portion of 202 affordable rental units, including 156 for formerly homeless households, at 3368 Washington Street

$200,000 to the Haffenreffer Brewery complex to restore the roof and windows for a "Prosperity Center" providing small business services, job training, ESL classes, and other programs

$200,000 to the Footlight Club, the country's oldest community theatre, to remediate structural problems and stabilize Eliot Hall, a Greek Revival wood-frame structure built in 1831

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JP Toastmasters Open House January 27

Do you want to develop your communication and leadership skills to grow greater self-confidence and personal growth? Then you should checking out the JP Toastmasters Open House event on January 27. JP Toastmasters is known for providing a warm, welcoming environment where members help each other improve their public speaking and leadership skills. Click here to learn more about JP Toastmasters. The meeting will feature free food and drinks, introductions, and opportunities to practice speaking.

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And They Were Never Heard From Again: An Evening of Ghosting Stories

Submissions are currently being accepted for a very unique Valentine's Day event about ghosting at The Footlight Club. Jamaica Plain resident Rebecca Glucklich, one of the co-creators of the event, explained the painful origin of …And he* was never to be heard from again: An evening of ghost stories:
"Men kept disappearing on me…. And not just after swiping right and going on one lousy date, but after eight whole months of dating; or once while in the process of shaving my legs to prep for a booty call. Each time I would share my ridiculous tales of being ghosted, I was never the only one in the room who had experienced this outrageous new social norm," said Glucklich to Jamaica Plain News. Glucklich points out that *he/she/they/xe are all invited — "because NO ONE is safe from ghosts!"

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Photos: The Footlight Club’s ‘Legally Blonde’ — Get Your Tix Now

Sorry but it's highly unlikely that Reese Witherspoon will be making a guest appearance in The Footlight Club's production of Legally Blonde. But straight up -- like a bend and snap -- there are fantastic performers in our local show. Legally Blonde was first a smash hit movie with Witherspoon, and follows Elle Woods on her way from being labeled as a negative stereotype of a sorority sister to Harvard Law student. After hitting Broadway, the show had a national tour, and made it across the pond to London's West End. All photos courtesy of Liz Bean

The Footlight Club's cast is 20-plus deep, led by Amanda Casale as the bubbly, determined Woods.

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