Freedom Theater, 1346 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA., 2007.
flipFlip to Edwin Forrest Mansion, southwest corner of Broad and Master Sts., circa 1870.
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Exterior of theater.

Credit: Courtesy of Charles Hardy

In 1966, John E. Allen, Jr. opened the New Freedom Theatre in the former home of famed actor Edwin Forrest. Not long afterwards, Robert E. Leslie joined the Theater and in 1971 began its Performing Arts Training Program. Deeply rooted in the African-American tradition, Freedom Theater's world-class repertoire company has debuted plays by August Wilson and other African American playwrights.

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