Bare Theatre: Let Them Be Heard

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( Sat., Jun. 9, 2012 )

Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Road, Durham, NC 27712


Let Them Be Heard, an original production based on the Works Progress Administration’s Slave Narrative Project, edited and directed by G. Todd Buker - Bare Theatre breaks new ground with ... an original adaptation of interviews with former slaves from North Carolina. The program features excerpts from The Slave Narrative Project in the late 1930s and will take place in a slave cabin and hand-built barn at Historic Stagville plantation in Durham.  During the Great Depression, the New Deal Works Progress Administration (WPA) sought to document the stories of the last surviving people who had lived under slavery.  Between 1936 and 1938, hundreds of unemployed writers were hired to travel the country - mostly in the South - and conduct interviews with over 2,300 former slaves. 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.....



Notes: 1) Late admittance is not possible due to the environmental nature of the show. 2) Audience members will stand and walk during the entire presentation, and should wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. 3) This show contains language and themes that are 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.  This program is not recommended for small children.



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