5 2024

World Premiere Performance & Meet the Playwright of Three Mothers


Capital Repertory Theatre 251 North Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12207

Contact Linda Pollack Kessler
(518) 783-7800

Join Women's Philanthropy for the world premiere performance of Three Mothers at Capital Repertory Theatre followed by a private talk with the playwright!


$60 per person (includes theatre ticket, light hor d'oeuvres, and private talk)


Three Mothers is a fictional account of a true story based on the 1964 photograph of three grieving mothers, whose sons were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan for registering black voters in the South. The subject of the murders and prejudices of the KKK against Black and Jewish Americans is part of this story.

June 21, 1964. Three college students, James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, were tortured and murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Their crime: registering Black Americans to vote and being born Black or Jewish. Taking inspiration from the 1964 photo of their bereft mothers leaving the final funeral together, Three Mothers is the imagined moment afterward, in Carolyn Goodman’s home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, when the three women forged an unbreakable bond and commitment to the Civil Rights Movement. 


Following the performance, we'll gather for light hors d’oeuvres and a private talk with Ajene Washington.

Ajene D. Washington is an award-winning playwright, actor, director, and set designer who resides in Bronx, New York. He received a B.S. degree in Speech and Drama from Lincoln University and a M.A. from Northern Illinois University. He has directed a number of plays and readings, such as Adam, American Menu, Buffalo Soldier: A Wayne Miner Story, Family Night, Fortune Teller Blues, Blood Cord, and many others. As a playwright, his plays have received readings and performances in New York, California, Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennessee. His play, Three Mothers will premiere at the Capital Repertory Theatre in 2024. I Can See, his play, was a finalist in the TruSpeak… Hear Our Voices! 2022 festival. He received the BRIO award from the Bronx Council of the Arts in 2012 and 2020. The Arkansas Repertory Theatre selected his play, Almost September, for its “Voices at the River” series in 2007. He received an AUDELCO Award for Best Director and Best Set Design, also a nomination as Best Actor. He received a nomination for Best Set Design by Lucille Lortel committee. Ajene is a member of AEA, SAG, SSDC, AFTRA, Black Theatre Network and The Dramatist Guild. Website:

Sponsor: Women's Philanthropy of Jewish Federation of NENY