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Wordmasters at The REP Jan. 25

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The REP Theatre in Seaside welcomes playwright Donald Carroll and author J.C. Hallman to center stage Friday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 PM for an engaging literary evening of script readings, tales of world travel, historic archives and awarded writing.


Mr. Carroll and Mr. Hallman are two distinguished writers of Seaside’s Escape To Create (E2C) Arts Residency. Now in its 27th season, the multi-disciplinary E2C has hosted many prominent writers whose works have been recognized by our country’s top literary prizes.

During the 30 years Donald Carroll has lived and worked as an attorney in Rome, he has been actively involved in the Anglo-American theater community as actor, director and playwright. His full-length play If Lear Had a Lawyer enjoyed its premier run with the English Theatre of Rome in late 2017.


Mr. Carroll developed the role of the Fool as a newly minted lawyer wrestling with timeless questions of whether the rule of law is always just, whether power must corrupt, and whether blind love can always be true. The playwright will screen video of the Rome production and actors from The REP will read portions of the script.


J.C. Hallman of Brooklyn, New York, is the author of several works of nonfiction that combine memoir, history, journalism and travelogue. Mr. Hallman’s numerous honors include a Pushcart Prize, a James Michener Fellowship. and a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.


Mr. Hallman will share research and archival photos collected on his journey to solve the mystery at the core of his forthcoming book, The Anarcha Quest: The Story of a Slave and a Surgeon. It’s the compelling story of the forgotten young slave woman whose surgery changed medical history.

Tickets are available for $25 at

Additional information on Seaside’s Escape To Create Arts Residency is available at

– Marsha Dowler
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