Black Theatre Workshop

February 2015

Black History Month

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The Power of Harriet T!

by Michael A. Miller

In association with Carousel Players

Directed by Thomas Morgan Jones

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“Life ain’t ever easy. Is it? But in Canada, it’s your life and it will be your children’s life and your grandchildren will have their life!”

 
The play is based on the inspirational story of Harriet Tubman and her struggles against slavery. She fled slavery in Maryland in the 1850s and risked her life to help slaves find safe haven in Canada via the Underground Railroad. Harriet believed that if she could escape, others could too, and she worked with a network of people who hid and guided slaves north to freedom. She was completely devoted to the idea that “all people are created equal.”
 

Michael A. Miller is a Chalmers Award winning playwright who has been writing plays for young people for the past twenty years. The Power of Harriet T! was his first play, originally written, directed and produced by him in his role as Artistic Director of Theatre Fountainhead.

 

Appropriate for ages 6 and up.

 

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

Harriet Tubman

 

To our Educators -

Instilling values and lessons about independence, communicating, and working together, this inspiring tale outlines the early struggles against racism and one incredible woman’s dedication to the abolition of slavery. Tubman devoted her whole life to the cause with unwavering determination and remains to be one of the most prolific revolutionary figures in Canadian and American Black History. Every year, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present. Please refer to our Study Guide below for more curriculum connections.

The Power of Harriet T! Study Guide

 

On Tour February 2-20, 2015:

-Book your school today!

 

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Base Price: $700

55 minutes with a 5-10 minute Q & A

 

Call BTW: 514-932-1104

Email: boxoffice[AT]blacktheatreworkshop.ca


 

About BTW School Tour:

For over 20 years, Black Theatre Workshop has celebrated Black History Month by touring its plays in schools, libraries and community centers in and around Montreal. Our goal is to bring far-reaching and powerful theatre experiences to young audiences.

 

Images courtesy of Carousel Players