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UNDERGROUND RAILROAD


The Underground Railroad, a vast network of people who helped fugitive slaves escape to the North and to Canada, was not run by any single organization or person. Rather, it consisted of many individuals -- many whites but predominently black -- who knew only of the local efforts to aid fugitives and not of the overall operation. Still, it effectively moved hundreds of slaves northward each year -- according to one estimate, the South lost 100,000 slaves between 1810 and 1850.

Theater In Quarantine Presents World Premiere of Scott R. Sheppard's BLOOD MEAL Photo Theater In Quarantine Presents World Premiere of Scott R. Sheppard's BLOOD MEAL
by Alexa Criscitiello - February 01, 2021

Theater in Quarantine, a pandemic performance laboratory from writer, director, and performer Joshua William Gelb and choreographer Katie Rose McLaughlin, is proud to present the world premiere of Blood Meal, a new play written by Obie Award-winner Scott R. Sheppard (Underground Railroad Game, The A...
History At Play Presents A WOMAN AIN'T I, A DEPICTION OF SOJOURNER TRUTH Photo History At Play Presents A WOMAN AIN'T I, A DEPICTION OF SOJOURNER TRUTH
by Stephi Wild - September 18, 2020

A Woman Ain't I, A Depiction of Sojourner Truth, features living historian Kathryn Woods, in a one-woman performance memorializing one of the most significant figures in American History. ...
Detroit Public TV Hosts a Week Devoted to the Black Church Photo Detroit Public TV Hosts a Week Devoted to the Black Church
by Stephi Wild - February 13, 2021

Next Tuesday and Wednesday night, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. premieres his latest series, “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song.” ...
Kristen Bell Joins Bebe Neuwirth, Da'Vine Joy Randolph in ULTRA CITY SMITHS Photo Kristen Bell Joins Bebe Neuwirth, Da'Vine Joy Randolph in ULTRA CITY SMITHS
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 20, 2021

The series hinges on an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of fictional metropolis Ultra City’s most famous magnate (Smith)....
Houston Grand Opera Announces Concert of Arias 2021 Finalists
by Chloe Rabinowitz - January 18, 2021

Houston Grand Opera has announced the nine finalists for this year’s Concert of Arias, the 33rd Annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, to be presented live from the Wortham Theater Center on February 5, 2020, at 7 p.m. CT....
Dates Announced For Pork Filled's UNLEASHED 2020 Photo Dates Announced For Pork Filled's UNLEASHED 2020
by Alexa Criscitiello - September 28, 2020

Pork Filled Productions has set directors and dates for its third Unleashed festival, a celebration of new plays by POC playwrights. These scripts push past the bounds of conventional theatre to tell exciting new BIPOC-led stories in genres like horror, science fiction, fantasy and beyond....
North Carolina Opera Announces 2021-22 Season Photo North Carolina Opera Announces 2021-22 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 10, 2021

North Carolina Opera's General Director, Eric Mitchko has announced the company's upcoming 2021-22 season. The season will open on November 14 with Beethoven's only opera FIDELIO, followed by two timeless classics, Puccini's LA BOHÈME (Jan. 28 & 30) and Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE (Apr. 8 & 10)....
Page 73 Announces 2021-22 Interstate 73 Residents Photo Page 73 Announces 2021-22 Interstate 73 Residents
by Chloe Rabinowitz - January 25, 2021

Page 73 today announced its 2021-2022 group of Interstate 73 residents. The 2021-2022 Interstate 73 residents are Heidi Armbruster, Jahna Ferron-Smith, Dylan Guerra, Roger Q. Mason, April Ranger, Scott R. Sheppard, juliany taveras, and Max Yu....
Virginia Repertory Theatre Announces Interim Co-Artistic Directors Photo Virginia Repertory Theatre Announces Interim Co-Artistic Directors
by Alexa Criscitiello - January 20, 2021

Katrinah Carol Lewis and Steve Perigard have been named Interim Co-Artistic Directors of Virginia Repertory Theatre by Managing Director Phil Whiteway, effective immediately. This six-month engagement is in sync with the longer term planning process that the Virginia Rep Board will begin at the end ...
Theater in Quarantine Adds Live Performances Of Heather Christian's I AM SENDING YOU Photo Theater in Quarantine Adds Live Performances Of Heather Christian's I AM SENDING YOU THE SACRED FACE
by Alexa Criscitiello - December 10, 2020

his evocative one-act musical charts the spiritual journey of nun and missionary Mother Teresa...
Lily Rabe to Join Upcoming REMARKABULL PODVERSATION Presented by Red Bull Theater Photo Lily Rabe to Join Upcoming REMARKABULL PODVERSATION Presented by Red Bull Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 22, 2021

RED BULL THEATER today announced that its offerings will continue on Monday May 3rd at 7:30 PM with a RemarkaBULL Podversation, Exploring CYMBELINE with Lily Rabe. She will join host Nathan Winkelstein, Red Bull’s Associate Artistic Director, for a conversation focused on an essential passage from S...
South Street Seaport Museum Presents SING IN RHYME, WORK IN TIME: SEA CHANTEYS AND WO Photo South Street Seaport Museum Presents SING IN RHYME, WORK IN TIME: SEA CHANTEYS AND WORKERS' VOICES
by Chloe Rabinowitz - February 16, 2021

South Street Seaport Museum expands its virtual sea chantey programming with the first installment of the Sea Songs and Sea Lives webinar series Sing in Rhyme, Work in Time: Sea Chanteys and Workers' Voices, hosted by Bonnie Milner, Deirdre Murtha and other special guests on Thursday, February 18, 2...
LA Opera Revives After Hours Recital Series With BLACK LOVE Photo LA Opera Revives After Hours Recital Series With BLACK LOVE
by Alexa Criscitiello - February 05, 2021

LA Opera will present the first episode of its newly revived After Hours recital series with a program entitled 'Black Love' on Saturday, February 13, at 5pm (PST). ...
Bebe Neuwirth, Da'Vine Joy Randolph & More Join Voice Cast for ULTRA CITY SMITHS Photo Bebe Neuwirth, Da'Vine Joy Randolph & More Join Voice Cast for ULTRA CITY SMITHS
by Sarah Jae Leiber - April 01, 2021

From AMC Studios and created by Conrad, the Ultra City Smiths (formerly Mega City Smiths) story unfolds via the stop-motion animation of baby dolls repurposed as a grown-up cast of characters....
Houston Grand Opera Announces Concert of Arias 2021 Finalists
by Chloe Rabinowitz - January 18, 2021

Houston Grand Opera has announced the nine finalists for this year’s Concert of Arias, the 33rd Annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, to be presented live from the Wortham Theater Center on February 5, 2020, at 7 p.m. CT....
Segal Centre Presents LIBERATION'S RADIANCE Light Installation Photo Segal Centre Presents LIBERATION'S RADIANCE Light Installation
by Alexa Criscitiello - January 26, 2021

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is proud to be partnering with Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) on Liberation's Radiance, a light installation by BTW's Artist in Residence, Lighting Designer Tim Rodrigues, to commemorate Black History Month. ...
South Street Seaport Museum Presents New Webinar Series SEA SONGS AND SEA LIVES Photo South Street Seaport Museum Presents New Webinar Series SEA SONGS AND SEA LIVES
by Alexa Criscitiello - February 16, 2021

South Street Seaport Museum expands its virtual sea chantey programming with the first installment of the Sea Songs and Sea Lives webinar series Sing in Rhyme, Work in Time: Sea Chanteys and Workers' Voices, hosted by Bonnie Milner, Deirdre Murtha and other special guests on Thursday, February 18, 2...
The New Media Film Festival to Add NFT to Programming Lineup Photo The New Media Film Festival to Add NFT to Programming Lineup
by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 19, 2021

The New Media Film Festival is the first event of its kind in the world to accept non-fungible tokens in competition. During its 12th annual event on June 2-3, 2021, the winner will be announced and then purchased live during the awards ceremony....
VIFF Welcomes Matt Shakman & Joi McMillon To Upcoming Creator Talks Lineup Photo VIFF Welcomes Matt Shakman & Joi McMillon To Upcoming Creator Talks Lineup
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 13, 2021

The Vancouver International Film Festival will end the month of May with two online Creator Talks as part of its year-round VIFF Talks program – a platform for creators and innovators to share expertise on their craft....
Single Tickets for Pre-Broadway Premiere of PARADISE SQUARE to go on Sale June 8 Photo Single Tickets for Pre-Broadway Premiere of PARADISE SQUARE to go on Sale June 8
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 03, 2021

Broadway In Chicago has announced single tickets for the Pre-Broadway Premiere of Paradise Square will go on sale on Tuesday, June 8. This bold and uncompromising new musical, which examines a remarkable yet virtually unknown moment in American history, will play a strictly limited engagement from N...
Center Theatre Group's 2021 Sherwood Award Finalists Announced Photo Center Theatre Group's 2021 Sherwood Award Finalists Announced
by Chloe Rabinowitz - December 16, 2020

Three finalists have been selected for Center Theatre Group’s 2021 Dorothy and Richard E. Sherwood Award: D’Lo, Lena Sands and Mikaal Sulaiman. Center Theatre Group recognizes and celebrates this year’s finalists for their exceptional contributions to the Los Angeles theatre landscape and their work...
Theater In Quarantine Presents Heather Christian's I AM SENDING YOU THE SACRED FACE Photo Theater In Quarantine Presents Heather Christian's I AM SENDING YOU THE SACRED FACE
by Stephi Wild - December 03, 2020

Theater in Quarantine, a pandemic performance laboratory from writer, director, and performer Joshua William Gelb and choreographer Katie Rose McLaughlin, will present the world premiere of I Am Sending You the Sacred Face by Obie Award-winner Heather Christian. ...
Which Broadway Shows Are Back This Summer/Fall? Photo Which Broadway Shows Are Back This Summer/Fall?
by Team BWW - May 15, 2021

The sun will come out tomorrow. That's because after over a year of waiting, New York officials have at last spread word that Broadway will indeed soon be back. Which shows will return when? BroadwayWorld has gathered all of the latest news on the return of live theatre. Check back regularly for upd...
Theater in Quarantine Premieres Scott R. Sheppard's BLOOD MEAL Photo Theater in Quarantine Premieres Scott R. Sheppard's BLOOD MEAL
by Chloe Rabinowitz - January 22, 2021

Theater in Quarantine, a pandemic performance laboratory from writer, director, and performer Joshua William Gelb and choreographer Katie Rose McLaughlin, will present the world premiere of Blood Meal, a new play written by Obie Award-winner Scott R. Sheppard (Underground Railroad Game, The Appointm...
The Northwest African American Museum's Year Of Excellence & Resilience Continues Thr Photo The Northwest African American Museum's Year Of Excellence & Resilience Continues Through December 2021
by Stephi Wild - May 12, 2021

The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) today announced programming plans for the continuation of its Year of Excellence & Resilience, a celebration of Black achievement that launched this January. ...