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On the Horizon — a play on the sinking of the Titanic

November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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One event on November 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Beacon Theatre Productions Presents On the Horizon, an Untold Story of the Ship that Watched Titanic Sink

Philadelphia, PA—November 16 & 17, 2019. Beacon Theatre Productions, a community-based non-profit, is proud to present On the Horizon, a staged reading of an original play by local author and playwright Shelli Pentimall Bookler, and director, Justin Caiazzo.

Performances will be November 16th at 8pm and November 17th at 2pm at Second Baptist Church of Germantown, 6459 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19119.

The staged reading will be followed by a Q & A time with the playwright and the director.

The story of On the Horizon takes place in 1912, when the British steamship SS Californian set out from London to cross the Atlantic Ocean toward Boston. During their journey they encountered a loose ice field and stopped for the night, thinking it would be a quiet evening. Then, the crew saw eight distress rockets fire from a ship within ten miles from them. They tried to rouse Captain Stanley Lord from sleep to heed the call, but he refused to believe there was imminent danger. Even after the crew watched the lights of the ship flicker and then go black, Captain Lord refused to engage. It was in the early moments of dawn when the wireless operator started his shift that they realized they were the ship that watched Titanic sink.

“We are very excited to bring this unique story by Ms. Bookler to the community,” states Beacon Theatre’s artistic director, Georgina Bard. “Like all our productions, On the Horizon will educate, inspire and challenge audiences by sharing stories based on real people from the past and the obstacles they encountered.”

A donation of $10 is suggested.

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About the Author

Author and playwright Shelli Pentimall Bookler, from North Wales, PA, was the New American Voices Playwriting Series finalist (Pieces of the Pie), Midwest Dramatist Center’s Playwriting Conference finalist (The Interview), American Association of Community Theatre semi-finalist (Bird in the Windowand Pieces of the Pie), and her play Captivewas featured this year in Panglossian Production’s Weekend of Women Playwrighting  Series in Williamsburg. Ms. Bookler holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Temple University, an M.A. in Theatre Arts from Eastern Michigan University and studied directing at The Actor’s Studio at New School University in New York.

About Beacon Theatre Productions

Since 2011, Beacon Theatre Productions, a non-profit organization, has found a place in the Philadelphia community producing theatre that spotlights critical moments of the past to show the way to a better future. Shows, many of which are written, designed and performed by Philadelphia theatre artists, are often free to the public or offered at affordable ticket prices. Beacon has brought plays to a variety of venues, including schools, community centers, historical sites, senior living communities, churches and more. Philadelphia premiers include Bonhoeffer’s Cost by Mary Ruth Clarke, Young Frederick Douglass by Walt Vail, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure by Steven Dietz, and The Red Letter Locker by Randy Petersen.


Georgina Bard, Artistic Director
Beacon Theatre Productions
PO Box 4026, Philadelphia, PA 19118
(267) 415-6882




Beacon Theatre Productions


Second Baptist Church of Germantown
6459 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119 United States
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