The latest play by Mike Broemmel is a biography chronicling the life of Julia Greeley. Julia was born into slavery in Missouri. At the age of five, her right eye was injured by a slave master as he was whipping her mother.
In 1865, Greeley was freed during the Civil War under the Emancipation Proclamation. She moved to Denver and became a nanny to Julia Pratte Dickerson, a widow who would later marry William Gilpin, the first Territorial Governor of Colorado.
She became known for her charitable works, pulling a red wagon through the streets of Denver in the dark to bring food, coal, clothing, and other necessities to needy families. She made her rounds after dark so as not to embarrass white families ashamed to accept charity from a poor, black woman. In part because of her work for the poor Julia Greeley is now being considered to be canonized a saint.
In order for a play to reach the stage, early sponsorships are needed to pay actors, directors, and others. Money is needed for sets, props, and costumes as well. No sponsorship money goes to the playwright.
The Unreachable Star: The Life of Connie Francis chronicles the triumphs and tragedies in the life of singer and actress Connie Francis.
Mike Broemmel has been working on the script to this play for about three years and is nearing completion of his efforts as 2021 draws to a close.
Slated for a worled premiere in 2021, The Unreachable Star is the latest edition in the Iconic Women Theatre Series. The goal is for the play to premiere in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the city Connie Francis made famous.
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