City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute presents 'Harriet's Return'
2/21/2013  3:00:00 PM

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute presents 'Harriet's Return'
Friday, Mar. 1 and Saturday, Mar. 2

SEATTLE — The presentation of the acclaimed production Harriet's Return closes out Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute's (LHPAI) Black History Month programming. Written and performed by Karen Jones Meadows, the show chronicles the private and public life of famed Underground Railroad conductor, spiritual icon and revolutionary Harriet Tubman, whose life spanned nine decades and influenced people around the world. The staging includes a student and senior performance at noon on Friday, Mar. 1 and two evening performances at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 1 and Saturday, Mar. 2. Tickets for all performances are available via

Attendees will journey from Harriet's childhood to her final days as Meadows portrays more than 30 colorful characters. Harriet's Return is an official member of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

The production, both deeply personal and high energy, has been well received. Tubman's great grand-niece said, "The performance...the story...the energy...the truth…all flawless." "Harriet's Return is a theater experience not to be missed," reports Drama-Logue, a weekly theatre newspaper. This LHPAI Black History Month presentation is in partnership with the Seattle organization Cultural Pursuits. Cultural Pursuits promotes events that revive valuable lessons from a rich African American heritage.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) celebrates, nurtures, presents and preserves African American and Diaspora performing arts, cultural wealth and iconic legacies. Named for the prolific African American artist Langston Hughes, LHPAI represents the pluralism of local, national and global Black people, in the media platforms of film, dance, theatre and music.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of the arts in our community, and advocating for issues that affect the entire cultural community. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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