Recently I've been making an effort to enlighten myself about history, and in particular about American history. In doing so I've tried to gear my work as an artist in that direction as well, which is why I'm extremely pleased to announce my participation with the Historic Annapolis Foundation in an upcoming project titled Project Run-A-Way.
Project Run-A-Way is a multi-media theatrical performance dealing with the lives of slaves, indentured servants, and convict servants in America between the years of 1720 and 1860. It goes into detail about the lives of these individuals, they're beliefs on slavery, their desires for freedom and their ultimate decision to escape slavery and servitude.
Personally this project holds great meaning for myself because most of these stories are of people who resided here in my home state of Maryland. Their escape was advertised, and rewards offered, within two newspapers of the time, the Maryland Republican and the Maryland Gazette. Over the last year historians in Annapolis, MD have studied these advertisements and used them to piece together the great stories of these very intriguing individuals. Some are directly from the continent of Africa, some are irish indentures, while others were born right here in America. They were musicians, writers, mothers, fathers, husbands, and wives. And, for most of them these performances will be the first time their stories have ever been told.
It's truly been a pleasure to be a part of this. It's been eye-opening, educational and I'm very much looking forward to seeing the performances. If you're interested in seeing the show yourself you can visit the website for the Historic Annapolis Foundation right HERE for more information on dates and locations.
Thanks all and talk with ya soon,