WSU Performing Arts

Main Stage Series

Actress Cherita Armstrong

Young Audiences New York's Literature to Life® Stage Presentation of
By Harriet Jacobs
Performed by Cherita Armstrong
Adapted and Directed by Wynn Handman

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall

The author is the protagonist in this solo piece that illuminates in shocking fashion the traumas of slavery, particularly for women and children. The stage adaptation culminates in Harriet Jacobs' powerful and moving experiences during the seven years she spent hiding in "the loophole," a crawlspace in her grandmother's attic.

Audiences, having absorbed the images without sets or props, only the truth of the author's evocative words, will emerge with a visceral experience that may become an enduring part of their understanding of the "peculiar institution," slavery.

Illuminated by pre- and post-show discussions, the audience will explore themes including resilience and survival.

This Literature to Life® original, adapted in 2006, was commissioned by and premiered at the New York Historical Society and features 50 minutes of verbatim performance. 

FREE admission for WSU students is sponsored by a grant from the CougParents Program.



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$14 Adults
$11 Seniors (60+)
$7 Non-WSU Students & Youth
FREE WSU Students
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