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May 3, 2021 – May 9, 2021


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by Jacqueline E. Lawton
Directed by Jules Odendahl-James

The life and times of the marvelous Marvel Cooke

World Premiere Encore Presentation in Honor of World Press Freedom Day on May 3

This one-woman show takes us into the life of investigative journalist, editor, and activist, the marvelous Marvel Cooke, the first Black woman writer to have her own byline in a major US newspaper.

We meet Marvel in 1963 in the wake of the Birmingham church bombing and she threads the story of mid-century Civil Rights with her own trailblazing journey from the suburbs of Minnesota to the newsrooms, labor unions, and arts societies of New York with a fateful detour into the witness chair under interrogation by Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Always unconventional and willing to pay the price for speaking her mind, Marvel calls to us from the past with warnings about our present.

Starring Kathryn Hunter-Williams

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This show is recommended for audiences of all ages.


80 minutes

Watch this lively and engaging discussion with playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton, director Jules Odendahl-James, and actor Kathryn Hunter-Williams as they talk with PlayMakers’ Producing Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch about how they brought Edges of Time to the stage.

Edges of Time shows us how Marvel Cooke made waves as a black woman journalist. Where Are We Now? Join Renee Alexander Craft as she hosts a panel of extraordinary women, Rhema Bland, Leoneda Inge, and Trevy McDonald, to learn where we are today in the wake of Marvel’s legacy.


Apr 20 2021

Playwright Notes from Jacqueline E. Lawton

I first learned about Marvel Cooke when I applied for UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities’ Faculty Fellowship Program. Cooke was an investigative journalist and activist, who participated in the labor organizing in the 1930s and worked for civil rights and justice...

Apr 28 2021

The Time is Now

by Jules Odendahl-James, Director Marvel Cooke exists on the edges of time. You won’t find her name at the center of chapters about famous Minnesotans, labor organizers, Black journalists, citizens who stood up to McCarthy, devout Communists, even nonagenarians...

May 4 2021

Quick Fives with the Team behind Edges of Time

As a playwright, I write to answer big questions about the world and explore the human condition. I love working in collaboration with other theatre artists and practitioners. I rely on actors, directors, designers, and stage managers to help bring the play to life...