Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn Presents Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

By | January 19, 2020

Virginia Repertory Theatre’s
Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn Presents
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Book and Lyrics by Douglas Jones
Music by Ron Barnett
Developed by Virginia Rep

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the company of the second production of the 2019/2020 Children’s Season, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, opening Friday, January 24, 2020, at the Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn. Developed at Virginia Rep, this important story will be told onstage through March 1, 2020, at the Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond, Virginia 23230.

This stirring drama with music shares in the joys, sorrows, and challenges Harriet Tubman faced while courageously freeing herself and hundreds of others from the bonds of slavery. As Harriet and her friend, Sarah Bradford, narrate her adventurous life, we get a closer look at this brave woman whose determination changed the world. Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad is presented as part of the Acts of Faith Festival.

Katrinah Carol Lewis will be joining the company in her Children’s Theatre directorial debut. Lewis is the Artistic Director of Museum Theatre at Colonial Williamsburg, and is the playwright and director for Resolved, An American Experiment, as well as many other museum theatre programs. Other Richmond directorial credits include Topdog/Underdog at TheatreLAB and associate director of Virginia Rep’s Once. She was recently seen on onstage in Cinderella, Atlantis and River Ditty.

Virginia Rep Music Supervisor Anthony Smith will serve as Musical Director. Recent Virginia Rep musical direction/conducting for Smith credits include Cinderella, The Wiz and Atlantis. Marjie Southerland will star as Harriet Tubman. Recent credits for Southerland include Mrs. Dilber in A Christmas Carol (Nebraska Theater Caravan), Angela in Warm (Firehouse Theatre), and Harriet Tubman in Harry and the Thief (Pavement Group).

The full company is listed below.

Direction & Design
Direction: Katrinah Carol Lewis
Music Direction: Anthony Smith
Scenic Design: Emily Hake Massie
Costume Design: Sarah Grady
Lighting Design: Matthew Banes
Sound Design: Nicholas Seaver
Stage Management: Justin Janke

Harriet Tubman: Marjie Southerland
First Woman: Elisabeth Ashby
First Man: Durron Marquis Tyre
Second Woman: Dorothy Dee-D. Miller
Second Man: Dan Cimo
Ensemble/Male Swing: Gregory Morton
Female Swing: Imani Banks
First Woman u/s: Lisa Kotula

Sensory Friendly Performances
Virginia Rep offers sensory friendly performances specifically for patrons with Autism and other sensory or social disabilities. During these select performances, changes will be made in lighting, sound, seating arrangements, and length of performance to create a more welcoming
environment for this audience. A Sensory Friendly performance will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 22. Please see the website for more details:

Audio Described Performances
In collaboration with Virginia Voice, Virginia Rep is pleased to offer Audio Described performances, in which actions, expressions and gestures are described during gaps between dialogue throughout the performance for patrons with low vision or blindness. In addition to live audio description during performances, patrons are also invited to participate in a tactile tour
before the performance. An Audio Described performance will be offered at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Please see the website for more details:

Community Tickets Grant
Virginia Rep is thrilled to offer a free Community Tickets Grant for nonprofit organizations. We encourage all organizations who have a demonstrated need for complimentary tickets to fill out a short application on our website:

Ticket Information
Box Office: 804-282-2620
Full Price Tickets: $21
Discounted Group rates available.

Performance Schedule
Evening performances at 7:00 p.m. on select Fridays
Matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday
Matinee performances at 10:30 a.m. on select Saturdays

About Virginia Repertory Theatre
Virginia Repertory Theatre is a regional professional theatre in Richmond, Virginia. With an operating budget of $5.6 million, four distinct venues, an educational touring arm, and an annual audience approximately 530,000, Virginia Rep is one of the largest performing arts organizations in Central Virginia. Virginia Rep stages four seasons annually: the Signature Season at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, Theatre Gym Season in partnership with Cadence Theatre Company, Virginia Rep’s Children’s Season at Willow Lawn, and the Hanover Tavern Season.

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