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BUFFALO, NY: The New Phoenix Theatre on the Park announces the fourth offering of its Sunday showcase series entitled, “New Works at New Phoenix” with a reading of excerpts from the book “The Polish Cleaning Lady’s Daughter”, shared by the author, Paula Wachowiak. The performance will take place Sunday, February 9th, 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.

“The Polish Cleaning Lady’s Daughter”, written by local author Paula Wachowiak is a compelling biographical series of stories from the author’s childhood as she grew up in Buffalo’s Lovejoy area. The stories share in honest, heartbreaking and hilarious detail the triumphs and challenges her family faced as they struggled to make ends meet, and how it impacted Paula as a child.

Paula Wachowiak has also published a book of poems, “Painfully Close”, and has been published in the Buffalo News, Artvoice, Buffalo Beat, and numerous anthologies.

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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