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Union County Sponsors Original Play Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

First 2016 UCACT Performance Takes the Stage in Rahway on January 16

MLKThe Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the first performance of the 2016 Union County Advancing Community Theatre (UCACT) program.

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday weekend, United Youth of New Jersey (UYNJ) will present their original history play, MLK: The Nightmare After the Dream on Saturday, January 16 at 6 p.m. on the Mainstage at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway.  This premier performance is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the UCACT program.

Tickets for the January 16 performance are $12 general admission and can be purchased through the Union County Performing Arts Center Box Office at 732-499-8226 or online at

“The Freeholder Board is proud to support the artistic talent of Union County residents and organizations through the UCACT program,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “United Youth of New Jersey’s latest production exemplifies the mission of the UCACT program to support productions that draw people together for enriching and engaging community theatre experiences.”

UYNJ is a nonprofit youth organization based in Elizabeth that seeks to share the story of History icons. Through the art of theatre, UYNJ’s latest work MLK: The Nightmare After the Dream goes beyond Dr. King’s infamous “I Have a Dream” speech to highlight the many struggles involved in making the Civil Rights Bill a reality.

The UCACT program aims to engage the creative life of Union County by supporting enriching community theatre experiences that promote economic and social well-being.

UCACT grants provide funding to cover the hard costs associated with putting up a production at the Union County Performing Arts Center, as well as marketing and publicity assistance for each production. Through creative partnerships and a holistic approach, the program aims to provide a strategic platform to support the development of Union County’s rich theatre talent by leveraging existing resources and broadening the definition of economic development and public recreation to include support for community theatre.

For more information about the UCACT program visit