In 1978, two young African-American theater artists, Ricardo Khan and L Kenneth Richardson, had a dream that they could create a space where actors, directors and playwrights could tell stories of people from the African Diaspora in a positive and exciting way. They named their space, The Crossroads Theatre, and for thirty-nine years and counting, their vision has emerged as not only the premiere black theater in New Jersey, but also one of the state’s most successful theater companies, period, and a recognized entity nationally. I do not throw these words around, lightly. Crossroads’ reputation and place in our state’s cultural pantheon has been well earned. Virtually every major African-American playwright, from Leslie Lee to Charles Fuller to Nikkole Salter have seen their plays produced on Crossroads’ stages. Its world premier presentations have included, KANSAS CITY SWING, an ode to the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the athletes of the old Negro Leagues on the eve of Jackie Robinson integrating Major League baseball, and the impact it had on American society and race relations; FLY, a tribute to the famed all-black 332nd Fighter Group of World War II, known popularly as the “Tuskegee Airmen.” Both of these plays were written and developed by Ricardo Khan and Trey Ellis; AUTUMN, by Richard Wesley, Beyond the Oak Tree, an exciting new play by Keisha Bundridge and the current critically acclaimed, SARAH SINGS A LOVE STORY by Stephanie Berry, a warm tribute to Jazz and ever-lasting love which has the distinction of being the final play ever to be performed by the Crossroads in its current location.Performers from, Phylicia Rashad to Morgan Freeman to Leslie Uggams have appeared before enthusiastic audiences. Crossroads has proven to be a training ground for costume designers, lighting designers, set designers and management staff from multiple ethnic and racial backgrounds over the years. Over time, the theater has been the site of commemorations of persons important to the growth of New Brunswick and of the state of New Jersey. Students from local schools have attended special performances that have enhanced their understandings of historical events and their appreciation of the power of the arts to educate as well as to entertain. In spite of – or, perhaps even because of – setbacks a few years ago that threatened the loss of this most valued theater company, concerned citizens rallied together to keep the Crossroads from being lost. In recent years, the theater was reorganized and developed a Board of Directors drawn from some of the most gifted and prominent members of the community – persons dedicated to growing the arts and enriching and expanding the cultural, educational and social growth of the Central New Jersey region. My wife, Valerie, and I are proud to be subscribers to this wonderful institution and prouder still to have been witnesses to its continuing growth. We look forward to what we are certain will be a glorious future in its new home beginning in 2020. We are living in exciting times. “Exciting times” have always called for passionate and committed artists to comment on them, interpret them and inspire the rest of us to take our rightful place amid them. The Crossroads Theater will be right there, providing the stages. Lights down, Curtain Up. Let the new era begin!