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Memories of Marsha P. Johnson

A friend of mine called me about a month ago. She said she’d been scrolling through her news feed and read something she thought I might find interesting . ”Guess who the Governor is naming a Brooklyn park after? ” She asked.
It took me only a minute or two to hit on the answer. ”Marsha P. Johnson. Am I right? “
“Yes , you are”, my friend confirmed.
I first met Marsha in the late 1980s at The Theater for The New City, when we were both beginning rehearsals for a Hot Peaches musical.

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Fortunately, the creators of this series produced a compelling and sensitive work. It is a transformation more than an adaptation. Thanks to the wonderfful work by our own Eli Rosen as consultant in all things Yiddish , the painstaking effort by the creative team to accurately depict the Satmar Hasidic community in every detail, including the Yiddish dialect spoken by the actors, is a testament to their sincerity and empathy.

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