“The Meeting: Faces of Racism” is a socially relevant play, laced with humor and historical facts. It is set in 2018 and portrays a few weeks in the lives of Araminta and Isabella, two adult women who have re-turned to college to make something of their lives. After learning that they are named after Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, women who fought to abolish slavery in the 1800s, the women decide to challenge the conservative black President of the University to rescind an invitation to a speaker, who the students perceive to be a racist.
Percy Thomas has written two plays regarding the life of Harriet Tubman. The first play, "Harriet Tubman: Defender" depicts Harriet's life as a child born into slavery, coming of age in slavery at twenty, and of her daring escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad. The 2nd play, "Harriet Tubman: Fight for Freedom" takes place around 1858 and reveal Harriet's exploits after she stopped working as a Conductor on the Underground Railroad through her celebrated Civil War service as a soldier, spy, and nurse.
In 2018, Thomas combined the two plays into a production titled, "Harriet Tubman: Road to Freedom." All of these plays have been produced throughout the state. They are available for touring and appropriate with lessons plans for educational institutions.
This one-woman performance depicts the remarkable and meritorious life of Sojourner Truth, an African American woman born into slavery. The play reveals the slave owners attempts to murder her soul by robbing her of her childhood identity through bondage and the annihilation of her spirit and humanity. Throughout her life in slavery, she tasted the bitter dregs of human degradation of being placed on the level with pigs and cattle. Witness how Sojourner’s faith in God provided her with the strength and perseverance to become an advocate for women’s suffrage, and a powerful preacher against the murder of human souls.
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