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First Stage presents: A Midnight Cry

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First Stage presents the moving historical drama
A MIDNIGHT CRY
The Underground Railroad to Freedom

January 10 through February 9, 2014

Todd Wehr Theater, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

 

By James DeVita

With musical selections and arrangements by Josh Schmidt

Additional selections and arrangements by Sheri Williams Pannell

 

Directed by Jeff Frank

 

This play is for everyone ages 9 and up.


First Stage continues its 27th season with A MIDNIGHT CRY from January 10 – February 9, 2014 at the Todd Wehr Theater in the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water Street, Milwaukee.  Inspired by a true story, this drama chronicles a young slave’s journey to freedom through the Underground Railroad.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.firststage.org, through the Marcus Center Box Office at (414) 273-7206 or in person at 929 N. Water Street.

Written by First Stage Resident Playwright James DeVita, A MIDNIGHT CRY premiered in 2003 to critical acclaim.  The play is inspired by the journey of Caroline Quarlls – who escaped slavery, made her way into Wisconsin – through Milwaukee to Detroit and eventually to freedom in Toronto.  “I can easily say this is the most powerful play I’ve ever been a part of,” said First Stage Artistic Director Jeff Frank, who directs this production.  “The music by Josh Schmidt and Sheri Williams Pannell, performed live, adds to this moving historical drama, a story that speaks to the indomitable power of the human spirit.”

 Performance dates:  A MIDNIGHT CRY opens Friday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m.  Other performances are held: Saturday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, January 12 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, January 19 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, January 25 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, January 26 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 1 at 3:30 & 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, February 9 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.


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