Carroll Arts Center celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with “Harriet Tubman: “The Chosen One” on stage
2 November 2018
The Carroll County Arts Council has a tradition of presenting thought-provoking programs in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year they are hosting “Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One” on January 21, 2019 at 2 pm. Actress Gwendolyn Briley-Strand brings Tubman to life on the Carroll Arts Center’s stage performing her one-woman show, which she wrote and presents around the country.
Harriet Tubman escaped slavery and rescued hundreds of other slaves in the decades before the American Civil War. She became a leader in that era’s abolitionist movement and worked tirelessly to achieve the emancipation put forward by President Abraham Lincoln. Briley-Strand’s performance immerses viewers in Tubman’s life and times through her dynamic portrayals of Tubman as the “Underground Railroad” conductor, as well as some of the slaves she transported to freedom and those who sought to stop her. After the performance, Ms. Briley-Strand will answer questions from the audience, as the character Harriet Tubman and/or the scholar Gwendolyn Briley-Strand.
Briley-Strand, who performed as Tubman at the White House’s Independence Day celebrations in 1991 and 1992, has been performing “The Chosen One” to audiences across the country since 1993, including at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., and the New York State Museum in Albany. Her acting credits also include roles in “House of Cards,” “Homicide: Life on the Streets,” “Species II,” and voice-over work for numerous national advertising campaigns.
Sponsored by Carroll Community College, tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for ages 25 & under and ages 60 & up. CCAC Members get additional 10% off. As this is a day of service, CCAC will offer free admission to anyone who has volunteered for a non-profit organization during the past year. Tickets can be purchased on-line or at the box office. There is no snow date.
The Carroll Arts Center is located at 91 West Main Street in downtown Westminster. For more information go to www.CarrollCountyArtsCouncil.org or call 410-848-7272.