Actors’ Reading at The Toledo Gallery Celebrates Women’s History Month

Theater fans will receive a rare opportunity to witness a live, dramatic reading from Pearl Cleage’s book, “Bourbon at the Border,” by Toledo actors celebrating Women’s History Month at 7:30 p.m. March 31, 2023. The presentation by New Works Writers Series at Truth Colours Art Gallery, 1811 Adams St., will be followed by a second actors’ reading at 7:30 p.m. April 1, 2023 at the same location.

Part of proceeds from the $10 guest admission fee will benefit Portrait, a Toledo-based, non-profit arts and empowerment program for girls.

“Bourbon at the Border” is a tale inspired by the historic struggle for voting rights in 1960’s Mississippi.

“The story is a good fit for Women’s History Month because it focuses on the sacrifices made by a college student and her partner, while trying to help their community,” says Dr. Imelda Hunt, founder and artistic director of New Works Writers Series. “The strength that May, the main character displays, is inspiring.”

Percy Rankins, Toledo’s first Black banker, and his wife Rose Cannon-Rankins, Toledo’s first Black court stenographer, will be recognized at the March 28 reading, for their contributions to the city and for their achievements.

New Works Writers Series is Northwest Ohio’s longest independently operated theatrical organization, specializing in stage productions, workshops and arts-related events.

For additional information about the “Bourbon at the Border” reading, or to request interviews, media may contact Dr. Imelda Hunt at (419) 380-8464 or e-mail