About The Production
HARRIET'S RETURN is an award-winning theatrical production that chronicles the private and public life of famed Underground Railroad conductor, spiritual icon, and revolutionary Harriet Tubman, whose life spanned nine decades and still influences the consciousness of people around the world. Journey from Harriet's childhood to her final days as she weaves her story. Portrayals of more than thirty colorful characters take the audience from contemporary America into the depths of Ms. Tubman’s soul, the psyche of a nation, and a call to action.
Directed by Jake Walker, HARRIET'S RETURN crosses all classifications and has universal appeal, as did Harriet Tubman. The play's style is unique, engaging and empowering for people of all ages and cultures. The production is sometimes followed by an Ancestral Celebration.
HARRIET'S RETURN is an official event of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.
HARRIET'S RETURN REVIEWS
I have never seen a performance as confident and devastating -- in any medium -- as Karen Jones Meadows' portrayal of Harriet Tubman -- and the countless other characters in her "cast." And I have never seen an audience so filled-to-bursting, so unanimously primed for a standing ovation, as was Jones Meadows' at the end of her triumphant performance. The incredible script can't miss.
Jim Terr, KUNM-FM, Public Radio
Karen, you are magnificent, the best. The performance...the story...the energy... the truth...all flawless. We were so honored to be there.
(Harriet Tubman's Great-Grandniece)
It was amazing...30 characters in the play, but only one woman on stage... In a stunning performance playwright and actor Karen Jones Meadows takes her audience through every emotion from humor to heartache and ultimately..humility.
Cristina Kessler, Virgin Islands Daily News
Harriet's Return...reaches inside its heroine's thoughts all the way to her soul...The playwright supplies Harriet with "voices" who embody, among other flesh-and-blood characters, the voices inside Harriet's head that guide her to her choices...The play imitates its heroine's pragmatism in a particularly moving way.
Laurie Winer, Los Angeles Times
Harriet's Return is a marvel in modern day storytelling.