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The Trail of Freedom | A Dramatic Reading

Friday, March 10, 2017 |  6 p.m.

Family Focus Playhouse
2010 Dewey Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60201

A fictional dramatic reading depicting Harriet Tubman and four enslaved men and women who seek freedom by the Underground Railroad. The band includes a father and his young daughter, a field hand, and a rival house servant escaping with their lives all while laboring to reconcile their inherent God-given freedom with the challenges of escape from their evil, unnatural, and inhumane bondage.

The dramatic reading is from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. with heavy hors d'oeuvres and a discussion immediately following the play led by director and Garrett-Evangelical alum, Brian E. Smith. Tickets are $10 per person. Students with a valid ID are free but a ticket is still required for entry. Proceeds go to support the Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.



Written, directed, and produced by Brian E. Smith for 1225 Productions. Leading Actress: Stephanie E. Smith, choreographer and co-partner of 1225 Productions. Other actors, and artists include: Chloe Ann Smith, Mark Graham and C. Diane Johnson.



About The Center for the Church and the Black Experience

Celebrating 45 years of preparing “leaders among leaders,” the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) is an academic initiative focusing on church life as experienced by Black people. From its inception in 1970, CBE has prepared graduates of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary to be "leaders among leaders!" To learn more, go to

March 11, 2017