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Theater for Young America presents Harriet Tubman story

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Kansas City audiences experience the bravery and fight for freedom via the Underground Railroad when Theater for Young America presents, Harriet Tubman in the Footsteps of Freedom from Feb. 11 through Feb. 22 on the H&R Block stage in Kansas City’s historic Union Station.

Tubman’s story comes to line in the play by Gene Mackey, Harriet Tubman in the Footsteps of Freedom. The play, presented during Black History month, explores the memorable life of one of America ’s great heroines and a stand out individual, Harriet Tubman.

Born a slave in Maryland in the early 1800’s, Harriet Tubman became the courageous rescuer of hundreds of slaves via the Underground Railroad. Within the framework of Sarah Bradford interviewing Tubman for a biographical story of her remarkable life, scenes are enacted from Tubman’s childhood, her early years as a young wife, her escape from slavery, and her dramatic and often treacherous adventures helping other slaves to freedom.

In her elder years, Tubman spent her last days as a beacon of freedom by becoming a speaker for the anti-slavery and women’s rights movements.

Written by Executive Director and Co-Founder of Theatre for Young America, Gene Mackey, the play was first produced in 1997. Mackey directs the current production of Harriet Tubman in the Footsteps of Freedom..

The cast includes Shawna Downing as the elder Harriet, Alexandria Washington as young Harriet, Damron Russel Armstrong as Harriet’s husband and Vickie S. Little as Sarah Bradford.

The play will be performed on the H&R Block City Stage in Union Station. Tickets are $9 per person with group rates and season tickets discounts available. For tickets or more information, please call 816.460.2083, or 816-460-2020, or go online at www.unionstation.org or www.tya.org.

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