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Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts
Mainstage Productions Presents

Written by Rory D. Sheriff

Official Selection of the 2023 BIPOC Playwrights Festival

September 22-24, 2023

A play in 2 acts
Approx. 2 hours

This production contains mature themes and situations, suggestive and adult language, depictions of stage violence, alcohol consumption and will employ the use of theatrical weapons and gunshots. Recommended for ages 18+.


  • Friday, September 22 @ 7:30pm

  • *Saturday, September 23 @ 2:00pm

  • Saturday, September 23 @ 7:30pm

  • Sunday, September 24 @ 2:00pm


*There will be a Q & A session with the playwright and members of the cast facilitated by Jermaine Nakia Lee, Education & Outreach Director for BNS productions, immediately following the 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, September 23, 2023.

About the show...

Set in 1978 Reading, PA, Virginia decides to take control of her life, starting with unlearning everything she was taught about how a woman should be. Her new outlook: “I am Black, I am proud, I am strong. I am woman. Respect that!” From opting out of her marriage to being faced with losing her childhood home for unpaid taxes are just the beginning. With more than a few reservations, she gives in to the idea of starting a Speakeasy to raise money for the house - which is exactly when all hell breaks loose. Things get worse before they get better, but not before she meets someone who sees and loves her for who she really is.

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Written by Rory D. Sheriff

Ticket Pricing 

  • Adults

    • $19 - Premium Section​

    • $15 - Standard Section

    • $12 - Partial View

  • Seniors, Military, Students, Children​

    • $17 - Premium Section​

    • $13 - Standard Section

    • $10 - Partial View

  • At-The-Door pricing: all available seats will be "Premium" price regardless of price zone.​

  • Tickets available online until 1 hour prior to each performance

Matthews Playhouse is Proud to Partner With Healing Vine Harbor for 'Speakeasy'

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