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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Emancipation Festival Gala

Owen Sound | by Daryl Morris  

Actor and playwright Leslie McCurdy performs two shows in Owen Sound.

An award winning playwright and actor will be performing two shows to support the Owen Sound Emancipation Festival.

Leslie McCurdy, from the Windsor-area, has performed her one-woman shows across Ontario and parts of the U.S., to tell the stories of important black women in Canadian history.

McCurdy says two or three summers ago she performed at the Emancipation Festival, and she's delighted to be invited back to help raise money to put on this year's 150th event.

McCurdy will be performing two shows at the Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound.

The first is one of her personal favourites -- "The Spirit of Harriet Tubman."

McCurdy says she is an inspiring woman who was born into slavery, and learned from her father, a woodsman.

She used her skills to escape slavery through the Underground Railroad, and eventually went back 19 times to help other slaves escape into the northern U.S. and Canada.

The second one-woman show is "Things My Fore Sisters Saw," in which McCurdy plays four different women.

The show starts at 8 PM tonight .

Tickets are available at the Roxy box office.


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