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The Hand That Holds The Quill


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The Hand That Holds The Quill

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SHOWTIMES: 9/16 @ 7:30 PM, 9/17 @ 7:30 PM, 9/19 @ 2:30 PM - select your showtime by selecting the correct ticket under the "Tickets" button. Free parking is available near the theatre. Scroll down to the story section to learn all about this original production that uses music, comedy, drama, and history to explore: Where Am I In the U.S. Constitution? This production goes beyond a history play. It is a tale that weaves the struggles and triumphs of white and black, rich and poor men and women of 1787 with the challenges and victories we all face TODAY. Tickets are nonrefundable. Central Penn College is following CDC masking protocols.


About the Play:

In September 1787, the United States of America faces financial and political ruin. In September 1787, Philadelphia’s Jacob Shallus family faces financial and marital ruin. In September 1787, Black lives are already ruined in countless ways. Three words may offer hope: We the People.

Not only did Jacob Shallus pen the U.S. Constitution, but he is also a long, lost relative of playwright Dlugolecki! This full-length play with music asks, “Where am I in the Constitution?” The answer is revealed through the minds and emotions of four distinct groups: 1. the delegates who framed and drafted the document 2. The wives of the delegates and the daughter of Benjamin Franklin 3. The Shallus Family struggling to make ends meet 4. African Americans of the AME church advocating for the abolition of slavery and literacy for the Black community.

Following each performance, the audience will have the opportunity to engage with a Constitutional scholar, the actors and production crew while enjoying refreshments.


Thursday, September 16 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, September 17 @ 7:30 pm – Constitution Day!
Sunday, September 19 @ 2:30 pm - includes the performance and ample homemade treats and teas from Manchester Teas & Tart


About Capital BlueCross Theatre at Central Penn College:

The Capital BlueCross Theatre at Central Penn College is a 250-seat black box theatre that features concerts, performances and gallery showings. Located in The Underground, the theatre was designed to enrich the lives of students and enhance the programming at Central Penn.

The theatre is located on Central Penn College’s Summerdale campus, just minutes from I-81. The theatre is located in the lower level of the West Wing, building number 12 on our campus map.  Central Penn provides ample free parking for theatre events. Patrons are encouraged to view the Central Penn’s campus map and park in lot F. After parking, proceed across B Street toward the West Wing. Handicapped parking is located in lot J. Theatre patrons do not need to display a parking permit while attending an event.


Central Penn College is a small private college in central Pennsylvania offering nine bachelor of science degree programs, seven associate in science degree programs, three associate in applied science degree programs, a master of professional studies degree program and a post secondary certificate program.

Since 1881, Central Penn has been a leader in delivering career-focused education to students in Pennsylvania and beyond. With an average student to teacher ratio of 15 to 1, students are family to us and will never feel like “just a number” at our institution.

Central Penn’s career-relevant programs are taught by supportive faculty with real-world experience. Accelerated 11-week terms and a year-round schedule enable students to complete a bachelor’s degree in three years, if they go full-time during each term. Students enjoy small class sizes, hands-on learning and a variety of convenient course formats, including day, evening, in-person, online and hybrid classes.


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