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BUFFALO, NY: The New Phoenix Theatre on the Park announces the third offering of its Sunday showcase series entitled, “New Works at New Phoenix” with two staged readings: excerpts from the play “Letting Go To Live”, shared by the writer and actor, Mary Coleman, and “Preserved”, written by Frank Canino. The performances will take place Sunday, December 8th, at 3:00.

“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.

“Letting Go to Live” is about a never ending journey to love oneself that takes you through penny candy, alcohol, raising a child, and just trying to make it (whatever that means). It is about awareness and the empowerment it brings, if we let it.

“Preserved” is a historical mystery that raises questions about whether the dead ever leave us, or if we ever let go of the dead. The story is about what takes place in a house where a woman, once a daughter there, rarely leaves, and a family friend is determined to find out why. The reading features Christopher Standart and Verneice Turner.

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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