Portrayal of Sojourner Truth was Truly a Joy
Sojourner Truth: Freedom's 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 "Ain't I a Woman."The performance and the costume was so real, that I was momentarily taken back in time to Sojourner's living room.The dialogue was periodically interrupted by Sojourner sing old spirituals.Atfirst it took a second to get used to it, but after a while it the dialogue and singing joined in a wonderful rhythmic synt!
There were several points in Sojourner's life that were filled with horror and hardships.Despite all of that she continued her activism against slavery and for women's 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 mo