Art House presents a radio play of Martin Casella’s Black Tom Island. A free virtual panel discussion about the actual historical event will take place on Sunday, February 7 at 3:00pm EST on Zoom. Free advance registration is required. Suggested donation $5.
Registration for this event is full. To be added to the waitlist, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will notify those on the waitlist with the Zoom link if there is availability after the event begins.
The panel will feature Dr. Libby O'Connell Chief Historian Emeritus at the History Channel, Janet Akhtarshenas of Liberty State Park, John Beekman from the Jersey City Public Library, and Dr. Timothy R. White of New Jersey City University, along with playwright Martin Casella and director Darren Lee. Attendees are encouraged to listen to the podcast before attending the panel.
Based on an actual incident that took place in Jersey City in 1916, Black Tom Island explores the first documented terrorist attack on American soil through the lens of a fictionalized Slovak immigrant and his wife who may or may not be involved in the attack. Casella’s play was adapted as a radio play and distributed as a podcast directed by Darren Lee. Sound design by Megumi Katayama. Featuring actors Michael Stewart Allen, Damian Buzzerio, Mason Hensley, and Jenna Krasowski. Narrated by Executive Director Meredith Burns. Today, the Black Tom site is part of New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. A historical marker is located in the southeast corner of the park.
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.