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BUFFALO, NY: The New Phoenix Theatre on the Park announces the fifth offering of its Sunday showcase series entitled, “New Works at New Phoenix” with a reading of the new play “Hoarding Hope”, written by Kerrykate Abel-Smith. The performance will take place Sunday, March 8th, at 2:30.

“New Works at New Phoenix” showcases area playwrights, actors, musicians, writers, and poets. The “Pay-What-You- Can” program has been developed to make new WNY arts programming accessible to all.

“Hoarding Hope”, written by area actor, writer and educator, Kerrykate Abel-Smith will be read by actors Marie Costa and William Meyer and directed by Ms. Abel-Smith. The play portrays a nurse on her passionate drive to ensure equal care for those who are victims of the AIDS crisis in NYC at its height. It is a stunning depiction of those who were on the front lines of the medical, social, and political fight for all affected by AIDS during this critical period in America, and the world.

The founder of the series, Buffalo native and Artie Award Winner, Verneice Turner, is a performance artist and Artie award winning actor.

The New Phoenix Theatre is located at 95 Johnson Park in Buffalo, NY. Admission is “Pay-What-You-Can”. The New Phoenix Theatre’s mission is to present both classical and contemporary plays in ways that speak to our community, to rediscover the theatrical experience through the spirit of collaboration, and to revitalize the neighborhood in which our theater stands. The theatre is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The Historic Home of The New Phoenix Theatre was built in 1884, on land deeded to Buffalo by Ebenezer Johnson, Buffalo’s first mayor, and originally served as a lecture hall for the Buffalo Seminary, a “séance house,” a vaudeville house, and finally a soup kitchen, until New Phoenix founder Richard A. Lambert restored the space, with the assistance of many grants over the years from NYSCA, Erie County, The City of Buffalo, the Rupp Foundation, M & T Bank, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, and the Golden-Goldman Foundation.

For further information call 716-853-1334 or visit

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