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Lydia R. Diamond’s ‘Harriet Jacobs’ to play Roxbury and Providence


Following its sold-out run at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge, Harriet Jacobs, Lydia R. Diamond’s play that tells the harrowing true story about the life of a slave in the years leading to the Civil War, will make two more stops in New England. Presented by Underground Railway Theater in collaboration with artists from The Providence Black Repertory Company, Harriet Jacobs will play at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, MA, March 3 – 7, and at Perishable Theatre in Providence, RI March 10 – 13.

Harriet Jacobs wrapped up a four week, critically acclaimed run at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge on January 31. Cathy Carr Kelly, executive director of the Central Square Theater announced the mini-tour, and remarked “the public response was overwhelming! We had to turn away so many who wanted to see the show, so we decided to bring it to two more cities. The production is being re-staged to fit into the two theaters.”

Astonishing and moving, Harriet Jacobs is the story of a remarkable woman’s resistance to oppression. In Lydia R. Diamond’s adaptation of Jacobs’ autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet reaches out from her own era and compels us to look at our history as if for the first time. Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, this unsparing yet poetic coming-of-age story is based on the only published book-length slave narrative written by a woman.

Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury, MA
Sponsored by Roxbury Center for Arts at Hibernian Hall
Wed., Mar. 3 & Thurs., Mar. 4: school matinees at 10 AM each day
Sat., Mar. 6: 3 PM and 8:00 PM Sun., Mar. 7: 3 PM matinee
Tickets are priced at $15 ($10 if bought before Mar. 1); at $8 for children under 14; $12 for seniors (over 60) and students (14 to 22 years) during week of show.
Tickets and information: www.madison-park.org by calling 617-849-6322, and at box office show week

Perishable Theatre, 95 Empire Street, Providence, RI
www.perishable.org
Wed., Mar. 10 thru Sat., Mar. 13 at 7:30 PM Sat., Mar. 13: 3 PM matinee
Tickets are priced at $20, $15 for seniors, students, and military
Tickets on sale through ART TIX (401) 621-6123, www.Arttixri.com and at the door

Lydia Diamond’s plays include: Stick Fly (in production at The Huntington Theatre in February ’10), Voyeurs de Venus, The Bluest Eye, The Gift Horse, Stage Black, and Harriet Jacobs. Producing Theatres include: Arena Stage, Huntington, New Vic, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, McCarter, Playmakers Rep, Providence Black Rep, Chicago Dramatists, Congo Square, TrueColors, The Matrix, and Company One. Commissions include: Steppenwolf, Humana/Victory Gardens, McCarter, Huntington, and Roundabout. Lydia is on faculty at Boston University, is an ‘06/07 Huntington Playwright Fellow, and a current TCG Executive Board Member.

Director Megan Sandberg-Zakian was the Associate Director of The Providence Black Repertory Company from 2005 till 2009, where her production of Tracy Letts’ Bug was nominated for four RI Motif Awards including Best Director and Best Production. Other recent projects include a contemporary rock-musical version of Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan (Cornish College, Seattle), an adaptation of King Lear (The 52nd Street Project, NYC), and a workshop of Jacqui Parker’s Jeanie Don’t Sing No Mo’ at the Huntington Theatre. This spring she will helm the Rhode Island premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Perishable Theatre.

The Acting Ensemble includes Kortney Adams, Ramona Alexander, De’Lon Grant, Mishell Lilly, Raidge, Obehi Janice and Kami Smith.

The design team for Harriet Jacobs includes Susan Zeeman Rogers (set), winner of an NEA-TCG Designer Fellowship and several awards from Independent Reviewers of New England Chip Schoonmaker (costumes), winner of multiple Emmy awards; David Roy (lighting) who has worked at Black Rep, Trinity, and the Public Theatre in NYC; Clarice LaVerne Thompson (music); and Melody Ruffin Ward (choreography).

Compiled from the press release courtesy of Central Square Theater (website | profile | tag archive).

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