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New Stage Theatre presents Oh Freedom!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

3 PM

Yates Room

The greatest collaboration against racism in American history, before the Civil Rights Movement, was the Underground Railroad. People of all ethnic backgrounds, of both sexes, and from North and South came together to resist the oppression of slavery by helping escaped slaves make their way to free territory in the years before the Civil War. "Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad" celebrates these alliances by combining the many stories with songs of the period.

New Stage Theatre will present a performance of Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad by Peter Manos, as part of the Arts-in-Education statewide touring program. The performance will take place in the Museum’s Yates Room and is free and open to the public.

The performance will be followed by an open discussion between the acting company and the audience. The discussion will explore the literature, the themes of the play, and the experience of acting.

Directed by Chris Roebuck, Resident Teaching Artist at New Stage, Oh Freedom! will be performed by New Stage’s Professional Acting Company members Jake Bell, Christan McLaurine, Hope Prybylski, and LaSharron Purvis.

New Stage Theatre is a professional not-for-profit theatre. New Stage Theatre’s Arts-in-Education tours are supported, in part, by Entergy, the Chisholm Foundation, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mississippi, and the Mississippi Arts Commission.