Let Them Be Heard remains a singularly moving tribute to the resilience and conscience of a host of witnesses no longer with us.”
– Byron Woods, The Independent Weekly (read the full review here)
Bare Theatre presents
LET THEM BE HEARD
An original adaptation of the Works Progress Administration’s
Slave Narrative Project
Edited and Directed by G. Todd Buker
June 7, 8, 14, 15
Historic Stagville 5828 Old Oxford Rd., Durham NC
1-hour walking tours beginning at 7:00p, 8:00p, & 9:00p each night
Bare Theatre returns to Historic Stagville with its hard-hitting original production, Let Them Be Heard, an original adaptation of interviews with former slaves from North Carolina. The program features excerpts from The Slave Narrative Project in the late 1930’s, and will take place in a slave quarters cabin and hand-built barn at Historic Stagville plantation in Durham.
The collection of interviews, known as the Slave Narrative Project, contained 176 interviews with men and women who had been enslaved in North Carolina. A handful of these have been selected and are presented almost in their entirety in Let Them Be Heard.
The production was featured on The State of Things with Frank Stasio on WUNC FM.
The presentation will take place three times each night, at 7:00p, 8:00p, and 9:00p. Late admittance is not possible due to the environmental nature of the show.
Audience members will stand and walk during the entire presentation, and should wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.
Tickets: $10. Tickets are available for purchase at the Stagville visitors center or by phone at 919.620.0120.
LATE ADMITTANCE IS NOT POSSIBLE due to the environmental nature of the show.
AUDIENCE MEMBERS WILL STAND AND WALK THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM, AND WILL BE OUTSIDE FOR PART OF THE SHOW. Audience members should wear comfortable shoes and weather/insect appropriate clothing.
THIS SHOW CONTAINS LANGUAGE AND THEMES OF A VERY SENSITIVE NATURE and may be found offensive by some people. However, the material will be handled with utmost respect for the men and women who originally told these stories.
Actors will be speaking in dialect exactly as it was recorded in the Slave Narrative Project, without changes.
TEMPIE HERNDON – Barbette Hunter
REVEREND SQUIRE DOWD – Phillip B. Smith
FANNY CANNADY – Kyma Lassiter
ANDREW BOONE – Warren Keyes
THOMAS HALL – Jeremy Morris
DAVE LAWSON – Justin Smith
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