Coppin Presents Lydia R. Diamond’s Harriet Jacobs, Based On A True Story

Published Friday, November 16th, 2012

Harriet Jacobs showtimes

Harriet Jacobs performance at Coppin State University

Coppin State University’s Coppin Repertory Theatre continues the 2012-2013 Tribute Season with Harriet Jacobs by Lydia R. Diamond, the story of a remarkable woman’s resistance to oppression as a slave during Pre-Civil War America. Performances run November 16-19, 2012 in the Theatre Lab, located on the lower level of the Grace Hill Jacobs Building on the North Avenue side of campus.

Diamond’s play is a dramatic adaptation of Harriet Jacobs’ book Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, where Jacobs described with brutal honesty the hardships she endured under slavery, including the extraordinary choices she made to be near her children. To survive, she escaped into her imagination and through writing, discovered hope for a better life. Accompanied by the rich musical traditions of slave spirituals, Lydia Diamond's Harriet Jacobs is an inspiring look at a young woman’s fascinating journey from slavery to freedom.

Coppin’s production is directed by stalwart Amini Johari-Courts, who, since 1981, continues as tenured professor and coordinator for the theatre arts program. Last season, she directed From the Mississippi Delta which was selected for presentation at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Fringe Festival—Region II at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.   

The cast of Harriet Jacobs includes:

Harriet Jacobs - Sierra Upshaw
Grandma/Ensemble - Tashawna Fennell
Mary/Mistress Norcum/Ensemble - Mia Giles
Tom/Ensemble - Pa’trick Womack
Harold Skinmore/Ensemble - Martique Smith
Master Norcom/Ensemble - Anthony Stubbs
Samuel Treadwell Sawyer/Ensemble - Jalen Crawford

The creative team of Harriet Jacobs includes scenic and lighting designer Allan Sean Weeks, technical director James A. Brown, costume designer/make-up artist Bresean Jenkins, dramaturg Eugenia Collier, and stage manager Felicia Chapple.

General admission tickets are $15 each. The cost for Coppin students with ID is $5. Discounts for seniors and non-Coppin students are also available.

For additional information, call the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at (410) 951-3366. 

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