Merion Friends Meeting
The Mason Jar
a play by Mona Washington

Mona Washington's riveting play explores how a 21st century, liberal-minded, American family comes to grips with their own grandfather's past involvement in a lynching, and how they decide what to do with the grisly souvenirs they find among his belongings. A reading of the play was held May 1, 2011 in the Merion Friends Meeting activities building with professional actors directed by Ms. Washington herself. The panel discussion afterwards was an extremely enlightening, no-holds-barred discussion of race from the perspective of the white cast members and the distinguished African American academics who commented and took questions from the audience.

Mona R. Washington, a New Jersey native, has been writing all her life. She is a member of the Harlem Arts Alliance Dramatic Writing Academy Workshops and a Resident Underground Artist of the Freedom Train Theater Company of Harlem and Brooklyn (NY). Ms. Washington received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.