Come honor Black History Month and the iconic spirit of Harriet Tubman at The Lyric's 'Freedom to Dream Weekend', and elevate Tubman's legacy through youth enterprise and community outreach through the arts.
The national debut of TUBMAN is the center of the festival. Community members have the opportunity to enjoy receptions, brunch, and a vendor expo in addition to the theatrical exploration of Tubman's life. Starting at 5pm on Friday, February 17 an Opening Reception presented by PNC Bank, provides opportunity for networking and complimentary food and refreshments for Friday night ticket holders.
Continuing on Saturday, February 18, 2017, a brunch and vendor expo will begin at 10am until curtain for the 2pm matinee showing of the production. Brunch is complimentary for all Saturday, February 18 2pm showing ticket holders. The Lyric is actively recruiting entrepreneurs to feature their goods, services, and talents as a part of this event. Youth entrepreneurs are heavily targeted for this experience, though all community members able to meet vending requirements requirements may apply. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (859) 280-2201 for more information. Applications close January 31, 2017.
Friday, February 17 Opening Reception: 5:00 pm
Show Begin: 7:00 pm Saturday, February 18 Brunch and Vendor Expo: 10:00 am
Show Begin: 2:00 pm
More on Berry's TUBMAN:
The Lyric Theatre is thrilled to welcome back Lacresha Berry and her new original play, TUBMAN, to our historic stage for a FCPS school performance on Friday, February 17 at 10:00 am and two public performances on Friday, February 17 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, February 18 at 2:00 pm. The Lyric and Berry would like to thank our presenting sponsor, PNC Bank, for making this and other Black History Month events possible at The Lyric!
Berry, a native of Kentucky, is teacher, playwright, and singer/songwriter whose performance BrownGirl. Bluegrass was enjoyed by thousands of community members during three previous performances at The Lyric Theatre.
TUBMAN, Berry’s new one woman show, presents the story of Harriet Tubman reimagined as a young woman growing up in Harlem through a theatrical lens. The performance will take the inspirational story of Harriet in the 19th century and places her in the 21st century; laced with the problems facing African-American youth all over the country, focusing specifically on the mistreatment of black girls in schools.
‘I learned of Harriet Tubman superficially in high school and college. I knew she was a famous conductor on the underground railroad but I didn’t know she was a mother, wife, scout, spy, and fighter for the lives of elderly people. I have been researching her life for the past year or so and discovering her many sides compelled me to take on telling her invigorating story,’ Berry states.
The play examines the centuries old fight with race, gender, and equality through a theatrical lens centered around the most influential woman leaders in American history. Poetry, monologue, and revolutionary music will aid in telling young Harriet's story. The performance will help benefit students and leaders searching to find their voice and searching to take an active role in defining their place through social justice theater in a racially divided country.
‘Hearing only about her strength is merely one sided. So, I took matters into my own hands and developed a unique perspective as a teacher in Harlem. How would the youth hear this story in a new and modern way? Even though she lived from 1820-1913, the issues that plagued her, still plague us today. What would happen if a young woman like Harriet became a leader in this new world? Would her struggle be the same? Would she know her power?’ Berry continues.
This story is unique in content, yet all-inclusive when it comes to the lessons learned, shared and taught. TUBMAN is a one-woman show with four original songs that evoke the ideas of freedom, flight, and courage. It is a history lesson and a musical wrapped into one dynamic show! It is a historical adventure and homage to our American heritage and ancestors. It teaches us that we are beyond just beautiful, but powerful, too.
‘When physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy, we are genuinely strong, strong enough to utilize the arts as therapy and to push through and break down societal barriers and personal challenges. Finding my voice in the arts saved my life. When my father passed, I wrote an album for him, honoring his life. Without the words and songs given to me, I wouldn't have woken up from sadness and depression. This is what my work is all about. I look forward to changing lives one song, one lyric, one verse, one stanza at a time!’ Berry states.