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Portrayal of Sojourner Truth was Truly a Joy Sojourner Truth Freedoms Messenger was written and performed by an extraordinary woman named Kemba The theatrical performance was a portrayal of the life of Sojourner Truth The overall theme was a reflection of the resilience of the human spirit despite adversity For the purposes of this review although a program is required there were none available at the performance The only character of Messenger was Sojourner Truth played by Kemba Sojourner in the setting of the performance was an elderly woman Through the entire performance Sojourner addressed the audience as if we were guests in her home It is assumed that the setting was at her home because the stage design consisted exclusively of an old rocking chair Sojourner addressing the audience told stories from her childhood while enslaved in the South She reminisced about her family that she was separated from due to the slave trade She also talked about her escape from enslavement Sojourner of course gave a reenactment of her famous speech Aint I a Woman The performance and the costume was so real that I was momentarily taken back in time to Sojourners living room The dialogue was periodically interrupted by Sojourner sing old spirituals At first it took a second to get used to it but after a while it the dialogue and singing joined in a wonderful rhythmic synt hesis There were several points in Sojourners life that were filled with horror and hardships Despite all of that she continued her activism against slavery and for womens rights Though the setting of the play was during the late nineteenth century the timeliness of its theme the resilience of the human spirit in spite of adversity has universal implications This interactive theater-going experience was unlike any other I have ever had before The performance of Kemba was so powerful She motivated people to get involved in the performance by asking
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