MLK holds fundraising performance

Actors put on a reading of “A Streetcar Named Desire”


The Martin Luther King Center hosted a fundraiser in the spring to raise money to support the many vital programs it provides for Long Beach residents.

Mississippi Mud Productions put on a staged reading of A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, on April 28 as a fundraiser for the MLK Center.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama tells the story of a Blanch Dubois, played in the performance by Jen Danby, who moves to New Orleans to live with her younger sister, Stella, played by Colleen Leone, and her husband, Stanley, played by Geoffrey Owens. The actors captivated the audience with their passionate portrayal of the characters. The performance was directed by Tony-nominated and Obie-winning director, Austin Pendleton.

Money raised by the performance went to support the many services the MLK Center offers the community, including youth development and empowerment programs, after school and summer enrichment programs and health and wellness programs. For 35 years, the MLK Center has worked to improve the lives of families and individuals in the North Park area.