Clarksville, Tennessee – The exciting story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad will come to life on stage at Clarksville’s oldest professional theater, the Roxy Regional Theater, this month.
Eboné Amos, assistant professor of African American studies, theater and dance at Austin Peay State University, plays Harriet Tubman in “Freedom Train”, a play with music, at the Roxy Regional Theater, from from Friday 15 October at 8:00 p.m. In keeping with the pay what you can opening night tradition of the theater, all non-pre-sold tickets at regular price will go on sale at 7:30 p.m. that night for a minimum donation of $ 5.00.
Harriet Tubman was born a slave, but at the age of twenty-five she dangerously escaped a plantation in Maryland, leaving her family behind. Pursued by dogs and relentless slave hunters, she followed an escape route mapped out by the Quakers – secret hiding places in churches, barns, cellars, and homes.
The escape route Harriet followed quickly became known as the Underground Railroad, and she quickly became one of her most famous “conductors”. In creek beds, through swamps, on hills in the dark of night, on nineteen secret journeys, Harriet Tubman guided more than 300 slaves, including her elderly parents, to freedom. “I never get my train out of the way,” she said, “and I never lost a passenger.”
This inspiring story of self-sacrifice, dedication and survival, imbued with warmth and a sense of humor that celebrates the human spirit, features dances, dialogues and songs from the rich musical tradition of the time. , including “Follow the Drinking Gourd”, “Steal Away”, “Wade in the Water”, “Good News, the Chariot’s A-comin ‘” and many more sung today.
Directed by Mairzy Yost-Rushton with musical direction by Tyler Saunders, “Freedom Train” also stars April Sledge as Rit, Harriet’s mother, David Ridley as Ben, Harriet’s father, Kenneth L. Waters , Jr. as Harriet’s brother David, Alexandria Smith as William, Stephen Shore * as Jacob and David Graham as Overseer. David Magers will provide the pre-show piano music for the time.
* Stephen Shore appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Written by Marvin Gordon, “Freedom Train” is presented under special arrangement with and all authorized performance material is provided by Music Theater International (MTI). The production was originally commissioned and produced by TheatreWorksUSA.
“Freedom Train” is produced in part with the generous support of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Additional financial support was provided by Mary & Rick Konvalinka, Liz Thomas, Margaret & Leo Adames, Lynne & Russell Crosby, Bradley & Lisa Martin and Josh & Emily Medvecky.
The performances take place from October 15 to 23 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., with a morning at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday October 23.
Tickets cost $ 30.00 (adults) and $ 15.00 (ages 10 and under) and can be booked online at www.roxyregionaltheater.org, by phone at 931.645.7699, or at the theater during regular box office hours (9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday and one hour before the curtain). Military and APSU students can receive two tickets for the price of one for Wednesday and Thursday performances during the race, while CitySaver coupon holders can receive two tickets for the price of one for Friday performances.
Health and Safety Precautions
Face covers covering the nose and mouth are MANDATORY inside the Roxy Regional Theater (except in the event of an active meal or drink) for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. The Roxy Regional Theater reserves the right to change this COVID-19 Coronavirus Policy at any time and will communicate any necessary changes electronically or in person.
About the Roxy Regional Theater
The Roxy Regional Theater is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to producing professional plays and promoting the arts, with an emphasis on education, in Clarksville, Middle Tennessee and in the southeast. The theater is located at 100 Franklin Street in historic downtown Clarksville.
For more information, visit www.roxyregionaltheater.org.