Harriet Jacobs


March 9, 2010 to March 12, 2010
Perishable Theatre 95 Empire Street Providence, RI

Theatre Performances March 10, 7:30 p.m.; March 11, 7:30 p.m.; March 12, 7:30 p.m.; March 13, 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Following a critically-acclaimed, sold-out run in Cambridge, MA, Harriet Jacobs, the astonishing new play from Lydia R. Diamond, arrived at Providence’s Perishable Theatre in a chamber production presented by Cambridge’s Underground Railway Theater, in collaboration with the Providence Black Repertory Company. To evade a predatory master and protect her children, Jacobs hid in an attic crawlspace for seven years before eventually escaping north to freedom. This unsparing yet poetic coming-of-age story is based on her groundbreaking slave narrative. All performances were followed by talk back panels.

Sponsored in part by the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts.