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Unitarian Church of Staten Island
312 Fillmore St, Staten Island, New York 10301
AN AWARD WINNING, ONE WOMAN SHOW
Starring CHRISTINE DIXON
Free of Charge. Donations gratefully accepted
For further information call 718-447-2204
Families and children welcome to this engaging, interactive, educational performance--not to be missed!
The play, about the American abolitionist and humanitarian, was adapted especially for Ms. Dixon by playwright and member of the Unitarian Church of Staten Island, Morna Murphy Martell, from an 1868 book by Sarah Bradford, Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman. Ms. Dixon’s powerful performance brings Harriet to life through song and dramatic narrative that carries you along on her dangerous journey to guide her fugitives to safety.
Born into slavery, Harriet Tubman, nicknamed “Moses”, is the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad (UR). In a decade she freed more than 300 slaves in 19 trips. She worked with agents of the UR, communicating with them using songs and secret UR code. During the Civil War she served as a cook, nurse,scout and spy. She advocated for Civil rights for blacks and women and founded the Harriet Tubman Home for the elder.
About Christine Dixon:
The actress-singer was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and graduated as a Performing Arts major at Kingsborough Community College. In Film and TV she has worked on Law & Order, The Sopranos, The Manchurian Candidate, School of Rock, Spinning Into Butter, Flight 93, Inside Man and independent films including Descent starring Rosaria Dawson. In Theater, prior to the challenge of portraying the great Harriet Tubman, her favorite roles included Aldonza in The Man of La Mancha, and Titania in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. She played a police officer in Staten Island Outloud’s production of Rashomon and varied roles in Lawrence Schwabacher’s series of monologues Larry’s Women Speak Out at the Dramatist Guild on Broadway. Christine has performed Harriet Tubman Herself throughout the New York area, at schools and colleges.
About Morna Murphy and Ralph Martell:
The creative and producing team of Harriet Tubman Herself have long resumes; Morna in the theater as a playwright/director, Ralph in the music business. The first musical they wrote together was Only A Woman, about how the Women’s Rights and Anti-Slavery movements coincided in America. They lived in Staten Island for 10 years, where they received a grant to write Harriet Tubman Herself as well as five musicals for children, including Santa Claus Is Missing, a Christmas show that ran at the Staten Island Children’s Museum for six consecutive years. They currently live in Hollywood, California.
The performance is part of the Summer Sundays Program, at a series of events at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island. The church is located at 312 Fillmore Street, one block from the east gate of Snug Harbor. All are welcome.
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