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Arts and Entertainment

Free Tickets to Theater Performance in Shaw, 11/04/04
By Alex Padro
Nov 4, 2005, 11:00

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You are invited to a full performance of the award-winning one-woman play, "Capers," by Anu Yadav, at the Lankford Auditorium at the Public Welfare Foundation's True Reformer Building, 1200 U Street, NW, on Friday, November 4, 2005, at 7:00 PM. Admission is free. The U Street/Cardozo/African American Civil War Memorial Green Line Metro Station exit at 13th Street is just a few feet away from the True Reformer Building.

"Capers: A One Woman Play About Redevelopment, Displacement & Hell Raising" is an award-winning play examining gentrification, development and displacement by chronicling the experiences of residents of the Arthur Capper/Carrolsburg public housing project in South East Washington. It portrays the struggle on the part of tenants to save their homes while facing a federal Hope VI initiative.

The themes and issues portrayed in "Capers" are some of the same ones that we face in the Shaw community. This is a great opportunity for newer residents who moved here valuing diversity to learn more about issues of gentrification, development and displacement and to discover how they can create neighborhood equity for all residents. I will be moderating a discussion following the performance.

"Audiences watching 'Capers' find themselves experiencing a wide range of emotions, from anger and indignation to glee and determination, as the playwright/actress performs the roles of children, grandmothers, and even DC Housing Authority Director Michael Kelly. Laughter and tears come easily as families go through the stages of grief fighting for their homes against great odds." -Alex Padro, ANC2C01

This performance is presented by Manna Community Development Corporation, a progressive organizing and equitable community development organization working primarily in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC. Manna CDC is helping to forge a model and legacy of community-led policy advocacy, organizing and capacity building in the District of Columbia.

For more information about Manna CDC, call 202-232-2915 or visit


Alexander M. Padro
Commissioner, ANC 2C01
1519 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3205
202-518-3794 * Fax: 202-518-0078 * Email:

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