One woman play coming to North Port Library on Feb. 4
SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County Libraries are welcoming a dramatic one woman play to the North Port Library in February to celebrate Black History Month.
Written and performed by Penny Musco, “Steal Away” tells the story of a white woman homesteading in the plains who crosses paths with former slaves who fled the south in 1880.
Weaving together historical accounts of those who sought free land, “Steal Away” focuses on the little known migration of the 20,000 to 40,000 African Americans who took advantage of The Homestead Act after reconstruction ended. Calling themselves “Exodusters”, these African American homesteaders likened their flight from the south to the Biblical exodus of Moses and his fellow slaves out of Egypt.
Penny Musco originally wrote and performed “Steal Away” as artist-in-residence at Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, NE, in 2009. Since then she’s presented the show at colleges, civic organization, senior living communities and libraries.
This free program is for children age ten or older, teens and adults. The program is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. Pre-registration is preferred at www.sclibs.net,
or by calling 941-861-1307. The North Port Library is located at 13800 Tamiami Trail, North Port, 34287.
For more information call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net.