Past Event

Jan 31—Feb 27, 2022

Play Reading Book Club: Dreaming Zenzile

Registration to the program is FREE.

Tickets to the play must be purchased separately.

Enhance your experience!

Join us as we study this new musical based on the life of legendary, South African singer and activist, Miriam Makeba. Written and performed by GRAMMY-nominated music sensation Somi Kakoma, Dreaming Zenzile takes us to Makeba’s final concert where she delivers the performance of her life, raising the conscience and the consciousness of a people.

Over the course of 3-5 weeks we will read, dissect and discuss the musical, guided by ArtsEmerson’s trained teaching artists, in preparation to see the live performance at the Emerson Paramount Center. This is a great opportunity to expand your theatergoing experience while meeting new people and extending your social and cultural networks!

ArtsEmerson’s Play Reading Book Club (PRBC) is a dynamic theatre literacy and community education program that provides unique and radical access to scripts, artists, and conversations within the theatre. Learn more.


About Dreaming Zenzile

Play Reading Book Club Locations

We will be studying Dreaming Zenzile at the 4 locations listed below. Select the location that is most convenient for you. Registration is for all the sessions listed at your desired location.

BCYF/Jackson Mann Community Center

500 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134


Please Note: Proof of vaccination is required for entry
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  • Wed, Feb 02 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Wed, Feb 09 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Wed, Feb 16 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Fri, Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm (PRBC Night @ the theatre with Pre-Show Reception)
  • Tue, Mar 01 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Wed, Mar 02 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Roxbury Library

149 Dudley St, Roxbury, MA 02119


Please Note: Proof of vaccination is required for entry
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  • Mon, Jan 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Mon, Feb 07 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Mon, Feb 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Fri, Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm (PRBC Night @ the theatre with Pre-Show Reception)
  • Mon, Feb 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

ArtsEmerson: Online

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  • Tue, Feb 01 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Thu, Feb 03 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Tue, Feb 08 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Thu, Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Tue, Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Thu, Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Fri, Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm (PRBC Night @ the theatre with Pre-Show Reception)
  • Tue, Mar 01 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

OLLI at UMass Boston: Online

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  • Mon, Jan 31 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Wed, Feb 02 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Mon, Feb 07 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Wed, Feb 09 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Mon, Feb 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Wed, Feb 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Fri, Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm (PRBC Night @ the theatre)
  • Mon, Feb 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Play Reading Book Clubs are made possible with support from the Mabel Louise Riley Foundation and individual donors. To learn more about how you can help support the PRBC and other ArtsEmerson programs, please contact Shannon Worthington by email or at 617-824-3017.