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Janet Wide Awake: The Hedgepeth-Williams Dream

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Janet Wide Awake: The Hedgepeth-Williams Dream

Theatre for Families and Young Audiences

April 11th - April 17th 2022

Written by David Lee White, Richard Bradford, and the students at Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School of the Arts

Directed by Andrew Binger

In the 1940s, Gladys Hedgepeth and Berline Williams challenged the Trenton school formerly known as Junior High No. 2 and its policy of segregation after their children were not admitted due to their race.

After a historic legal battle, the New Jersey Supreme Court struck down the widespread practice of segregation in New Jersey public schools.

Over the past six months, Passage Theatre has partnered with Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School of the Arts to complete a residency wherein Passage teaching artists have worked with 17 seventh-grade students to write an original show based on the history of their school and its name. These students will now join a professional director, actors, designers, and management team to fully mount the production, featuring the students onstage! The show will reflect both the school’s history and how it affects the students today, as it follows a young girl who, by learning the true story of her school’s past, is empowered to make changes in her present.

Appropriate for ages 10+

Tickets: Virtual Streaming

$10 All Tickets

Available for viewing April 11th-17th

Group Rates 

Groups of 10 or more please contact the Box Office at or by calling (609) 392-0766 ext. 105 for more information about setting up your group reservations.


This event is part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance 2022 Stages Festival, made possible by support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Bank of America; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; OceanFirst Foundation; New Jersey Historical Commission.

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