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Freedom Summer

First Preview: Jun 08, 2023

Opening Date: Jun 10, 2023

Closing Date: Jun 25, 2023

Running Time: 01:30

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Playing @

Theater for the New City

155 First Ave New York, NY 10003

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Freedom Summer, a suspenseful play by Toby Armour, takes its name from the now-famous civil rights campaign in June 1964, when a cohort of mostly northern college students attempted to register as many African-American voters as possible in Mississippi. Police, white citizens' councils and the KKK used arrests, arson and murder to oppose the project. This play is inspired by the playwright's firsthand experiences in the campaign as a civil rights worker and reflects the excruciating stresses of the time. It centers on two young women who are thrown together by chance as volunteers in the effort. Joan Kane directs a cast of six.

Sylvie, a Jewish girl from up North, knows too little of the evil she is facing. Terry, African-American and raised in Mississippi, perhaps knows too much. They struggle together, facing danger and disappointment, discovering some old fashioned home truths and unearthing some well-kept political secrets. The biggest difference between the two is that Sylvie can leave any time and return to a safe life up North. Terry must remain in Mississippi with a target on her back and live under the threat that her family's house will be burned when the KKK comes looking for her.
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Joan Kane

Written by

Toby Armour

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Box Office

Counter 43".


SVI Permit.

Curb Ramps

All corners.

Passenger Loading Zone


Directions Bus



Unisex: Lobby. Lightweight door 33". Stall 66" x 68". Commode 19". Grab bars.

Directions Subway

6 to Astor Place or
L to 1st Ave or
R, W to 8th St .


Four Theatres: Three on lobby-level (one seating 240, two seating 99 each), one in basement (seats 65). No fixed seating in any of the theaters.


Elevator: For access to basement theater. Lift for one person using wheelchair and one ambulatory person. Operated with key by house manager.


Lobby. Coin slot 61". Cord 29".


Ground level. Double doors in series (each 36"). Easy to operate with adequate maneuvering space.

Visual Assistance


Water Fountain


Assisted Listening System


Wheelchair Info

No fixed seating in any of the theaters.

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By Subway:

6 to Astor Place or
L to 1st Ave or
R, W to 8th St .

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