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Press Release for Friday, July 6, 2012

UNF Department of English Presents ‘North Star’

Media Contact: Sherry Hays, Public Relations Specialist  

Department of Public Relations  

(904) 620-2192  


The University of North Florida’s Department of English, in conjunction with the Combined Gospel Christian Fellowship, will present the play “North Star” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, at The Combined Gospel Christian Fellowship Church at 1951 Blanding Boulevard. Performances are free and open to the public. There will be a panel discussion on issues raised by the play immediately following Saturday’s production. 


A 1995 award-winning script by African American playwright Gloria Bond Clunie, “North Star” is a play about coming to terms with the past in the present.  Stung by a cabdriver’s thoughtless racist slur against her little girl, the grown-up Aurelia is propelled into memories of her past as a young girl coming of age in the North Carolina during the civil rights struggle.  


The collaboration between the Department of English and the Combined Gospel Christian Fellowship is the work of UNF English major Cherrelle Fant, project coordinator and recipient of a Dean’s Leadership Council Transformation Learning Scholarship, whose goals for her theater project are two-fold: to promote awareness of racism in what has been called a “post-racial” world, and to bring together members of the community by helping them see beyond color. Fant also plays the role of Aurelia’s mother in the production. 


 The production is directed by UNF alumnus Ronica Arntzen, a master’s degree candidate in Theatre at Miami University of Ohio. The cast includes both UNF students and members of the Jacksonville community.  


 For more information, contact Abra Maxey-Billings, administrative secretary in the Department of English, at (904) 620-2273 or .