The People Before the Park, a historical play about a family living in Seneca Village before it was destroyed to make way for Central Park, is currently being performed in nearby Union, New Jersey at the Zella Fry Theater in Vaughn James Hall. The play is showing at 8pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and at 3pm on Saturday and Sunday, with ticket prices ranging from $15 to $30.
The People Before the Park is an important look at an ugly part of American history—the bulldozing of a peaceful African-American village—with a close look at a fictional family who lived there and dealt with being pushed out of their home. The play challenges stereotypes and exposes the sad truth that racism was involved in the creation of one of our most famous American landmarks.
Students at Kean University are putting on the play, and we encourage fellow residents of Union, Springfield, and other nearby towns to support the students and the local community by going to see the show.