MCLA to Offer Production About the Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman


NORTH ADAMS, MA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will present an acclaimed theatrical production about the life of Harriet Tubman on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center's Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium.

The one woman play, "Harriet's Return: Based Upon the Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman" by Karen Jones Meadows, is free and open to the public. "Harriet's Return" is an official event of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.

Directed by Jake Walker, "Harriet's Return" chronicles the private and public life of famed Underground Railroad conductor, spiritual icon and revolutionary Harriet Tubman, whose life spanned nine decades and still influences the consciousness of people around the world.  Portrayals of more than 30 characters take the audience from contemporary America into the depths of Tubman's soul, the psyche of a nation and a call to action.

According to Jim Terr of KUNM-FM Public Radio, "I have never seen a performance as confident and devastating -- in any medium -- as Karen Jones Meadows' portrayal of Harriet Tubman -- and the countless other characters in her "cast." And I have never seen an audience so filled-to-bursting, so unanimously primed for a standing ovation, as was Jones Meadows' at the end of her triumphant performance. The incredible script can't miss."

"It was amazing... 30 characters in the play, but only one woman on stage... In a stunning performance playwright and actor Karen Jones Meadows takes her audience through every emotion from humor to heartache and ultimately..humility," said Cristina Kessler, Virgin Islands Daily News.

"Harriet's Return...reaches inside its heroine's thoughts all the way to her soul...The playwright supplies Harriet with 'voices' who embody, among other flesh-and-blood characters, the voices inside Harriet's head that guide her to her choices...The play imitates its heroine's pragmatism in a particularly moving way," wrote Laurie Winer of the Los Angeles Times.

Meadows is an author, actress, and producer who writes, performs and leads workshops for adult and young audiences with an emphasis on creating dynamic, life-changing experiences. She has been lead or principal actress in 28 commercials, and numerous stage, film and television productions.  

This event is co-sponsored by MCLA's President's Office, Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Student Affairs, Center for Multicultural Education, Black Student Union, and the Susan B. Anthony Women's Center.

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