From The Citizen: Tubman troupe to perform original show in Syracuse, Auburn

The Harriet Tubman Troupe will take its original work “A Gatherin’ Place” to Syracuse this weekend, then back to Auburn Public Theater for a performance the next.

Directed by Dr. Juhanna Rogers, the show was developed by her and the other members of the troupe: Venessa Campbell, Cari Clark, Jasmine Freeman, Melody Smith Johnson, Ashley McLeod, Gwen Webber-McLeod, Martina Mitchell and Kizzy Mitchell. It tells the story of Gathering Street and Ms. Paulette, who provides other black female residents of the area a listening ear on subjects like motherhood, career, love and self-worth. When she passes away, though, those women realize something they didn’t know about their mysterious neighbor.

“We created something that will continue speaking to, for and about women of color, and the power of connecting with one another in various ways,” Rogers told The Citizen ahead of the show’s workshop performances at Auburn Public Theater in March.

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