Archive for March 27, 2009

Freedom’s Light -Actresses needed and tickets available

ED: NOTE You can also read the background on “Freedom’s Light” by Kelly Sagert here
From Rick Fortney of TrueNorth Cultural Arts:

I am in the midst of casting and rehearsing an original piece entitled “Freedom’s Light: A Stop along the Underground Railroad.” It is a drama based on Lorain County’s rich history in its involvement in the underground, taking place pre-Civil War.

I am still looking for two female actresses: one African American, the other white. We have assembled a large cast – dedicated and talented. The performances will take place the first 3 weeks in May, Thursday – Sunday, with tech week beginning Friday evening, April 24th. I need to fill in these 2 missing links, ASAP. If you are interested, please e-mail, or call me at 440.724.7189. It is a great play, written really well … if you are not interested, but know someone who might be, please pass on … appreciate the help. Below are the two characters descriptions.


Eliza Brigham Burrell – This historical character married Robbins Burrell and aided him in Underground Railroad rescues. Eliza and Robbins married in 1824, which makes her in her 50s for this play. She was a very religious woman; in the play, she believes that God helps those who help themselves. Therefore, when it was needed, Eliza stayed up all night in a vigil. She is fearful for Robbins, because of all the risks that he takes, but she is also very proud of what he is doing to help the slaves. She is unaware of how courageous she herself is and how much she helps Robbins accomplish his rescues. This provides one of the two love stories of the show. Eliza sings a number of hymns in the second act.

Slave woman who tries to escape – She is very superstitious and a follower. She can be any age from 30, on up. She sings a number of spirituals near the beginning of the play.

Lorain County Metro Parks and TrueNorth Cultural Arts are pleased to present the original play, Freedom’s Light: a Stop along the Underground Railroad at the French Creek Nature Center Thursdays through Sundays May 1 to 17. Shows begin at 7:30pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3pm on Sundays. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-LCM-PARK or (440) 949-5200 or online at

Freedom’s Light: A Stop along the Underground Railroad is a play of hope and freedom. In the days leading up to the Civil War, helping slaves escape to freedom became increasingly dangerous – especially in Northern Ohio . Only the bravest of conductors on the Underground Railroad continued defying federal orders to stop helping slaves – and Robbins and Eliza Burrell of Sheffield Village , Ohio were two of those daring conductors who refused to stop. Federal marshals raided their home countless times, yet they were never caught. No one knows how they evaded detection – but Freedom’s Light: a Stop along the Underground Railroad suggests one possible way as it shares the story
of Nellie as she courageously flees slavery so that her baby could live in freedom.

Freedom’s Light: A Stop along the Underground Railroad was written by Kelly Boyer Sagert and is directed by Rick Fortney .

This play is sponsored by the Lorain County Metro Parks , TrueNorth Cultural Arts, The Morning Journal and the Lorain County Urban League.

French Creek Nature Center is located at 4530 Colorado Ave , Sheffield Village , Ohio 44054 . For more information about this play and to purchase tickets, call 1-800-LCM-PARK or (440) 949-5200.

March 27, 2009 at 9:38 pm 5 comments



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