First World Theatre Ensemble presents the world premiere of The Cooling Board, by Joseph P. Blake. The play explores our fascination with the preparing of the dead, which is in contradiction to our fear and unwillingness to accept death. Ever since there has been something live that would die, death has been camped at the headwaters of life with a bottomless collection bag. Now, death's interest has been piqued by those who service the dead, and their professions of preparing shells of a former existence for a journey that will lead nowhere. Why, wonders death, do people fear it so much, but prepare for it so well? Additional Benefit Performances Wednesday, October 1, The House of UMOJA; Tickets are $35.00. Friday, October 3, The Battle of Eshu and Iku, a film by Aaron Blandon; Tickets are $35.00. Saturday, October 4, Philadelphia Juneteenth Coalition; Tickets are $35.00 Appropriate for audiences 12 and above. For group sales, contact Marcia Hinton at 215-289-1981.