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February 28, 2019 "Searching for Happiness: A Theatrical Coffeehouse"

Spoken word, music and coffee! It’s all happening next week at the Capital BlueCross Theatre.

Come hear published authors and award-winning poets read from their new works… listen to a professional musician playing original music… enjoy local actors performing scenes from Ray Bradbury’s groundbreaking novel Fahrenheit 451… while sampling a fine selection of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, pastries and other goodies at Searching for Happiness: A Theatrical Coffeehouse, March 7–8, 7:30–9:30 p.m.

“The Central Penn area is teeming with so much creative talent, and we wanted to showcase some of our local writers and artists in a fun and welcoming setting,” says Janet Bixler, director of the Capital BlueCross Theatre.

Searching for Happiness: A Theatrical Coffeehouse occurs just a few weeks after the theatre’s fourth presentation of The Vagina Monologues. “My goal is to present a diverse range of theatrical events that appeals to not only students and faculty but also to the greater Summerdale and Harrisburg communities,” says Bixler.

Here’s the lineup of performers who will appear at the coffeehouse:

  • Daryl Snider, Lancaster-based singer-songwriter.  
  • Dustin Nispel, award-winning poet and spoken word artist, author of The Road Home.
  • Nicole Hamilton, author of the novella, JJ Girl Undone.
  • Sammi Leigh Melville, author of the sci-fi novel, The Fields.
  • Steve Hower, retired wildlife conservation officer and author of the memoir To Conserve and Protect (Thursday only).
  • Maria James Thiaw, award-winning poet of Reclaiming My Time: An American Griot Project and the upcoming new play, Bridging the Gap, in collaboration with Sankofa African American Theatre
  • Danaeshia Cuff and Kennedy King, student artists from Steelton High School and members of the Pain of the Prison System (POPS) club for three years.
  • Patricia Robinson, owner of Evolve Training and Development and author of Pyramid to Your Potential: Cultivating Change (Friday only).
  • Ashley Mahdavi, Nicholas Rainville and Michael Sheffield, performers with the Harrisburg Improv Theatre. 

“With this coffeehouse, there really is something for nearly everyone. I can’t wait to kick back with a caffeinated beverage and soak it all in,” says Bixler.

The Capital BlueCross Theatre is located on the campus of Central Penn College in Summerdale, Pa., which is about a 10-minute drive from downtown Harrisburg.

General admission for the Searching for Happiness: A Theatrical Coffeehouse is $10; students are $3. Beverages and food are included with admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance at: https://theatrical-coffee-house.eventbrite.com.

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