Possessing Harriet First Full Preview Performance VIP Reception
October 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm$100
On October 17th, the OHA commissioned play, Possessing Harriet, will have its first full preview performance. On the night of the full preview, OHA will be holding a special VIP Reception to celebrate the occasion as well as the 179th anniversary of this historic event. Tickets are $100 and include the VIP Reception and access to the performance. You can purchase your tickets below.
About the play: In October 1839, Harriet Powell, a young, mixed-race, enslaved woman slips away from a hotel in Syracuse, New York, and escapes from the Southerner who owns her. With the aid of a mysterious free black man named Thomas Leonard, Harriet finds temporary safe harbor in an attic room at the home of impassioned abolitionist Gerrit Smith. With the slave catchers in pursuit, Harriet awaits her nighttime departure on the dangerous journey to Canada in the company of Smith’s young cousin Elizabeth Cady, an outspoken advocate for women’s equality. Confronted with new and difficult ideas about race, identity, and equality, and with confusion, fear, and desperation multiplying, Harriet is forced to the precipice of radical self-re-imagination and a reckoning with the heartrending cost of freedom. A world premiere by award-winning playwright and Syracuse Stage associate artistic director Kyle Bass.
By : Kyle Bass
Directed by : Tazewell Thompson
Commissioned by : The Onondaga Historical Association