Queens Girl in the World

by Caleen Sinnette Jennings

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About the Play

It’s summer 1962 on Erickson Street, Queens, New York. The sounds of doo-wop music fill the night, the scent of cream soda lingers in the air and 12-year-old Jacqueline Marie Butler is on the verge of adulthood. At the end of that summer, Jacqueline’s parents abruptly transfer her to a progressive, predominantly Jewish school in Greenwich Village. As one of only four black students, Jacqueline discovers a new city and a whole new world. This evocative one-woman show, starring Dawn Ursula, is a semi-autobiographical world premiere from Caleen Sinnette Jennings.


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Caleen Sinnette Jennings (Playwright)

Caleen Sinnette Jennings is an actor, director and playwright. Eight of her plays have been published by Dramatic Publishing Company, and her work has appeared in seven play anthologies. Her plays have been produced at the Kennedy Center, Imagination Stage, The Folger and Source Theatre. Caleen is Professor of Theatre at American University.


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