MIDDLETOWN, NJ: The Middletown Arts Center (MAC) is  a special place in the heart of Middletown, that many locals refer to as the 'best kept secret.'  With so many new programs coming out of MAC to compliment all of the wonderful existing classes, programs and performances, Middletown and surrounding towns are filling the studios, classrooms and the 240 seat theater . 

In February, during Black History Month, MAC launched its education program with Dunbar Repertory’s production of The Meeting, a play about a fictional meeting between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.  The two men debate their different philosophies in the production.

Local High School students had the opportunity to attend The Meeting for an educational history lesson that kept the students engaged during the entire production which was about 55 minutes.  

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Middletown Mayor Tony Perry addressed the students prior to the show and commented among many things, "The reason you are here today is to learn about leadership...today's production is about two leaders. One of my favorite quotes came from Martin Luther King when he said,  'I've chosen love because hate is too much of a burdern.  All of  you have an opportunity...every generation has its ability to do good in the community...we all have that same opportunity. The good that you do to impact other people will determine your mark on history."

Here is a very symbolic video clip from the scene in The Meeting with Malcom X and Martin Luther King when they engage in an arm wrestling match. 



When the performance concluded students had the opportunity to engage in an open Q&A/talk back with the actors that lasted for quite some time until the buses had to return to their schools. 

Attending were students from Asbury Park High School, Mater Dei High School and The Collier High School.    “The Middletown Arts Center is the perfect venue to present high-quality performances to enrich our young people.  We look forward to our spring production of Silent Witness, a play by Stephanie Satie, based on interviews and conversations with child survivors of the Holocaust,” says Judy Zocchi, Producer.

Zocchi is an accomplished executive and community leader with over 35 years of entertainment, business and education expertise. Zocchi has orchestrated the production and launch of the new educational performing arts programs at MAC including The Meeting and the upcoming spring production of Silent Witness. 

If you are interested in your school attending Silent Witness email Judy Zocchi here

There is always something great going on at MAC, from dance classes for children and adults, to piano lessons, art and so much more...click here for more information on the Middletown Arts Center.