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Dearest Pawel // 7pm-9:00pm

Friday, December 1, 7pm-9:00pm

Art House Productions

345 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07302

A new play reading written by Christian Mendonca

July 1915, Bayonne, NJ. Polish immigrant workers for the Standard Oil, Tidewater Oil, and other refineries are striking for higher wages and humane workdays. Siblings Iwo and Gita, alongside their cousin Szymon, navigate the complexities of what it means to partake in this strike while their loved ones are fighting World War I back in the divided motherland. When the strikes take a violent turn, each of the three must reckon with the choices that led them there while confronting the limited options this new life has to offer. A play about capitalism's social framework and its innate and unstoppable disintegration of family dynamics and identity.

This program is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey State Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive & the Hudson County Board of County Commissioners.

New Jersey playwright Christian Mendonca has been developing this new play with Art House Productions for the past year.

Talk Back Panel:

Melody Scagnelli-Townley Director at Bayonne Public Library

John Beekman Manager, New Jersey Room at Jersey City Free Public Library

Chrisitan Mendonca Playwright

Emily Dzioba Dramaturg


Jim Peskin, Educator at the Tenement Museum and theater professional

Friday, Dec 1 at 7pm

Free Admission - RSVP online

Art House Productions- 345 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07302


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Please email for any accommodations.



Phone: 201-579-0532‬



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