by ReadingFilm FEST
Oct 06, 2022
In 2017, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and Emmy® award-winning filmmaker Tony Gerber created This Is Reading, a multi-media art installation at the once-abandoned Franklin Street Train Station in Reading, PA. Dance, theater, music, and film filled the station with excitement, energy and people – more than 3400 people. The three-weekend run drew its audience from all parts of the city and beyond. They came separately, they enjoyed together!
Five years later, it is clear that This Is Reading helped spawn new life and new activity throughout our community. The most obvious impact is that the abandoned train station is now home to a thriving microbrewery and restaurant. And, the work Lynn did to create This Is Reading gave rise to the birth of her second Pulitzer prize-winning play, SWEAT, through which the story of Reading’s past (and many other communities like it) was shared across our country, not just our county.
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