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Aurway Repertory Theatre Joins North 2 Shore Festival with Unique Community Cookout Event


By: Richard L. Smith 

Aurway Repertory Theatre is thrilled to announce its participation in New Jersey’s statewide Prudential Presents: North 2 Shore Festival, a brainchild of Governor Murphy designed to celebrate the richness of New Jersey’s vibrant arts and innovation community.AdAccording to officials at Aurway Repertory Theatre, this event marks their first appearance at the festival and coincides with Pride Month, adding a layer of significance to the celebration.

On Sunday, June 30, Aurway invites the community to Newark’s Central Ward at the Israel Memorial AME Church, located at 54 Lincoln St, for The Coming Home Community Cookout.

This free, family-friendly event will offer an immersive theater experience that merges the worlds of art and community.


The highlight of the day will be a staged reading, accompanied by music, of a new original musical theater piece titled “Coming Home,” written by Lawrence Dandridge.

The narrative centers on a family reunion after years of estrangement, exploring changes and traditions within strong Black families through music inspired by beloved cookout classics and compelling dialogue.

The ensemble, featuring Dandridge and a talented cast including will bring this poignant story to life.

AurwayFollowing the reading, the event will shift into a vibrant celebration akin to a traditional family reunion.Ad

Attendees can enjoy a variety of activities such as card games, double dutch, and a cooking challenge that asks, “Can you cook?”