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Posted on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 : 5:53 a.m.

Wild Swan Theater presents 'The Spirit of Harriet Tubman' as a tribute to Black History Month

By Staff


Leslie McCurdy stars as Harriet Tubman.

Photo courtesy of Wild Swan Theater

Wild Swan Theater, Ann Arbor's award-winning theater company for family audiences, will present Leslie McCurdy in her one-person show, "The Spirit of Harriet Tubman."

Distinguished Canadian actress McCurdy has created a stirring evocation of the famed Underground Railroad activist, who single-handedly conducted several hundred slaves to freedom in Canada; the production was a finalist for the National Canadian Chalmers Award for best new play. Wild Swan presents the production in tribute to Black History Month.

On a barren stage with only a trunk of costumes, "The Spirit of Harriet Tubman" uses Tubman’s own words in telling the story of her life—from her earliest experiences of enslavement, through her work on the Underground Railroad, to her continued commitment to others in her later years.

Internationally acclaimed musician Peter Madcat Ruth provides musical accompaniment to the production, playing spirituals and period music on harmonica and string instruments. As with all Wild Swan main stage productions, The Spirit of Harriet Tubman will be shadow-signed in American Sign Language. ASL interpreters Jennifer Head and Tamara Wright join the production.

"The Spirit of Harriet Tubman" is part of Wild Swan Theater’s Adventure Series, for ages 7+. Performances are Tuesday, February 7, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and Wednesday, February 8 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Washtenaw Community College's Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and may be purchased by calling 734-995-0530 or through the theater’s website at