Inspired By Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
The harrowing true story of Harriet Jacobs' life as a slave in the years leading up to the Civil War comes to the stage in "Harriet Jacobs," a new play by Lydia R. Diamond. Presented by Underground Railway Theater in collaboration with artists from The Providence Black Repertory Company, the production will play Central Square Theater from January 7 - 31.
"Harriet Jacobs" is the story of a remarkable woman's resistance to oppression. To escape a predatory master, Jacobs hid in a crawl space for seven years, watching her children grow up under the care of her own grandmother.
In Lydia R. Diamond’s adaptation of Jacobs’
autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet
reaches out from her own era in an effort to have us look at our history,
as if for the first time. Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian,
this inspiring, poetic, coming-of-age story is based on the only published
book-length slave narrative written by a woman.
The Underground Railway Acting Ensemble includes Kortney
Adams, Ramona Alexander, Sheldon Best, De’Lon Grant, Mishell Lilly,
Raidge, Obehi Janice and Kami Smith.
This marks the first creative partnership between Underground
Railway and Providence Black Rep. The actors come from both Providence
and Boston, the director is the resident director for Black Rep, and the
design team includes artists who have worked with both companies. Following
the Cambridge performances, a chamber version of the play will be performed
in Providence (dates and venue will be announced).
-- OnStage Boston
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