St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and the Burwell School Historic Site in Hillsborough will hold a staged reading of “The First Woman President,” a play by local playwright Keith Burridge at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 17, at the church, 210 St. Mary’s Road in Hillsborough.
In this one-woman show, actress Danielle Fenton will play Edith Wilson, the widow of President Woodrow Wilson. As she prepares for the inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961, she recalls her whirlwind romance with Wilson 40 years earlier.
During his presidency, Wilson suffers a debilitating stroke, which Edith conceals from both the people and Congress, but also from his cabinet. For a time, she takes over running the government, acting as “the first woman president.”
Burridge is a British researcher and Kenan Professor at UNC. He is ranked among the most cited scientists in the field of molecular biology and genetics and has published more than 190 peer reviewed articles.
In parallel with his scientific career, he has written several plays. His 10-minute play “Chocolates for Mr. Wolfowitz” was included in the Knutsford Little Theatre short play festival of 2008 in the United Kingdom.
Reservations and tickets at $10 are available from St. Matthew’s church office and also at the door.
The Durham Christian Women’s Connection will hold its June luncheon and program at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, June 18, in the Commons Dining Room at Croasdaile Village.
Diane Scott from Bennett Place State Historic Site will give an overview of this local Civil War landmark.
Featured speaker Annis Barrington from New Bern will discuss “Living Confidently in a Changing World.”
Reservations are essential by call 384-2073 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets for the hot buffet lunch and program are $10.
Durham Congregations in Action will hold its monthly assembly on Tuesday, June 21, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1737 Hillandale Road.
The event will feature “Sitting at God’s Table,” a documentary on an inter-religious dialogue by faith leaders in the Triangle. Supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. ($7 per person) with the film beginning at 6 p.m.
The film features five faith leaders discussing their diverse perspectives on current questions of the day with the filmmaker, Ellen Shepard.
Featured participants include Imam Shakil Ahmed of the Islamic Association of Cary at the Cary Masjid; Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church USA; Rabbi Lucy Dinner, senior rabbi of Temple Beth Or in Raleigh; David Hailey, pastor of Hayes Barton Baptist in Raleigh; and Father Mark Reamer of the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi in Raleigh.
On the panel leading audience conversation after the film will be Imam Greg Rashad of the Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center in Durham, the oldest Muslim community in North Carolina; and Bishop Elroy Lewis, retiring this summer after 35 years of ministry at Durham’s Fisher Memorial United Holy Church.
Durham Congregations in Action is an association of more than 50 diverse spiritual communities in Durham. It has been a significant force for almost 50 years addressing poverty, racism and violence in the Durham area.
Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center, 1009 W. Chapel Hill St., will host a Sacred Visitation, a monthly event sponsored by Durham Congregations in Action, at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25.
The program will focus on the Holy Month of Ramadan that 1.5 billion Muslims around the world are observing from June 6-July 6. This is an opportunity to learn more about this important month and to engage in dialogue with neighbors in the city.