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TO BUY THE SUN: THE CHALLENGE OF PAULI MURRAY

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St. Paul's Chapel

209 Broadway

New York, NY 10007

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To Buy the Sun, an original play by Lynden Harris, explores the extraordinary life of Pauli Murray, a trailblazing attorney, poet, civil rights activist, professor, and the first female African-American Episcopal priest.

Join this mixed-race, gender non-conforming pioneer as she reflects on old haunts and old friends—from Harlem to Harvard and Eleanor Roosevelt to Betty Friedan—as her life takes on a new and unexpected shape. A champion of human rights, Pauli Murray’s struggles and insights resonate powerfully in our times. As Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton said, Pauli Murray not only lived on the edge of history, she seemingly “pulled it along with her.”

Using archival images, three chairs, and a typewriter, the three performers bring to life 60 characters, six decades, and two continents in this acting tour de force.

Run Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes with one intermission.

April 5th and 6th: 7pm

April 7th: 2pm and 7pm

Tickets are General Admission. Doors open 30 minutes before show.

For more information about Pauli Murray:

The Many Lives of Pauli Murray, The New Yorker, April 17, 2017

The Firebrand and the First Lady, New York Times, February 19, 2016

CBS On the Road with Charles Kuralt


Director and Playwright Bios:

Kathryn Hunter Williams is the director of To Buy the Sun and associate director of Hidden Voices, a radically inclusive, participatory, and co-creative collective committed to creating just, compassionate, and sustainable world. Williams has co-created performances with undocumented immigrant youth, families escaping violence, military service members, survivors of sexual assault, African-American communities facing gentrification, refugees, and men living on death row. She is a member of the MAP Fund Class of 2016 for the project Serving Life: ReVisioning Justice. A long-standing member of PlayMakers Repertory Company, Kathryn has worked with Chautauqua Theater, Living Stage in Washington, DC, and The Negro Ensemble Company and New Dramatists in New York City. Kathryn is faculty in the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Lynden Harris is the founder and director of Hidden Voices, a radically inclusive, participatory, and co-creative collective committed to creating a just, compassionate, and sustainable world. Through Hidden Voices, Lynden collaborates with underrepresented communities to create award-winning works that combine narrative, performance, mapping, music, digital media, animation, and interactive exhibits. Lynden teaches Stories for Social Change (Theatre, Public Policy, Documentary Studies, Women’s Studies) at Duke University. She is a member of the MAP Fund Class of 2016 for the project Serving Life: ReVisioning Justice and in 2014 was named a Founding Cultural Agent for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. She is also a founding team member of the Duke Transformative Prison Project. www.hiddenvoices.org

Cast: Thaddaeus Edwards, Rasool Jahan, Edith Snow (a.k.a. Meredith Sause)

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St. Paul's Chapel

209 Broadway

New York, NY 10007

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