RTE Presents: Mean To Be Free

The arts are essential to expression, inspiration, and entertainment, and our fascination with this realm of creativity is never ending. A painting can express what no words could ever communicate, and a book can paint an entire world of beauty. Songs move the heart and plays capture the imagination, and a dance can get the heart racing like nothing else. But the arts can also teach us about the nature of humanity, and reveal the unsavory facets of our turbulent history. 

In honor of Black History Month, Rush Trowel Entertainment presents the live stage play “Mean To Be Free”. It is the tale of two black children who travel with Harriet Tubman through the Underground Railroad, fearing (and fleeing) for their lives as they head north in search of freedom. This play offers a glimpse into the plight of runaway slaves, detailing the struggles these children faced and, through them, reflecting the terrible world of slavery that threatened them. It also acknowledges and pays tribute to the massive part black history plays in our American heritage. 

Follow these two brave children as their courage, honor, and fortitude are challenged by the trials they encounter on their journey. In this second production of the Off the Page, On the Stage Series, you can witness the strength and spirit of our ancestors through these remarkable characters. Don’t be tricked into thinking that this is just fictional history, however. The play is based off actual accounts of American history, diving into the very real experiences of runaway slaves and the overwhelming obstacles they faced. The tribulations of the Underground Railroad are represented in the tests that Harriet Tubman and her young companions were subjected to in order to make it to freedom. 

For a fair price, you can behold the power of the arts to mold a historical period of time into a stirring narrative that teaches us the value of human life, and the injustice of human suffering. For student matinees (January 31st and February 1st at 10am) the price is $5, and for premium seating, it’s $20. You can also purchase a general ticket for $16. But no matter where you sit, the stories of these courageous souls will move you to tears. 

Where: Ursuline Arts Center, 3114 Lexington Rd, Louisville, KY 40206 

When: January 31st and February 1st at 7pm, February 2 at 2pm

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