Skin in the Game at the Jamesport Meeting House

Jenifer Maxson will bring her new one-woman show “Skin in the Game” to the Jamesport Meeting House on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m.  This performance is free, but seating is very limited to allow social distancing.  Please make reservations at

“The piece itself is irreverent but respectful — relevant, real and at least 51 percent funny,” says Ms. Maxson.  “It tracks the beginning of my ‘rude awakening,’ some fifteen years ago, to my own accidental racism–my unconscious embrace of the invisible doctrine  of “white privilege” that, one way or another, continues to enslave us all, and includes my dawning recognition that I probably had to do something about it.  ‘Skin in the Game’ is what I’ve done.”

Maxson is a retired English/Language Arts instructor and drama director at Shelter Island School.  She has directed and/or appeared in numerous community theatre productions throughout Long Island.  

She has also written four other original one-woman shows and performed them widely on both forks.  Last December, she brought a memorable reading of Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ to the Meeting House.

The Jamesport Meeting House, a structure built in 1731 by Puritan settlers, was purchased in 2008 by a preservation trust formed by a group of concerned residents in and around Jamesport.  They feared that the then vacant building would either be torn down or turned into a commercial venture and arranged the financing to buy it.

Now operating as a not-for-profit entity, the Meeting House has evolved into a vital center for a broad range of events, including community meetings, lectures, Broadway performances and concerts of all kinds.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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