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HIDDEN HEROES – The Black Women of NASA – APRIL 26 – MAY 19, 2019

HIDDEN HEROES

The Black Women of NASA

APRIL 26 – MAY 19, 2019   (AGES 7+)

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HIDDEN HEROES is based on the book Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA. By Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris. Published by ABDO Publishing, Minneapolis, MN. Copyright © 2017
Written by Shá Cage
Directed by Signe Harriday

“It doesn’t matter what you look like, what your size is, what your color is. You can be anything you want to, but you do have to work at it,” says Annie Easley’s mother to her young daughter. In the 1950’s and 60’s the black women of NASA fought against racial and gender discrimination for a place on the leading edge of math, science and technology. Be inspired this spring, as we tell the stories of how these women were influenced as young girls to eventually make critical contributions that launched US astronauts into space and returned them safely back to Earth.

RUN TIME: Approximately 70 MINUTES with no intermission. Check back closer to opening night.

NON-MUSICAL

CAST

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CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

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Artistic Director: Sandy Boren-Barrett
Director: Signe Harriday
Playwright: Shà Cage
Author: Duchess Harris, JD, Phd
Stage Manager:
Production Manager: Melanie Salmon-Peterson
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Lighting Designer:
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DATES + SHOWTIMES

Friday, April 26, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 28, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Sunday, April 28, 2019 – 4:00 PM
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 – 12:30 PM
Thursday, May 2, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Thursday, May 2, 2019 – 12:30 PM
Friday, May 3, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Friday, May 3, 2019 – 12:30 PM
Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 4:00 PM
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – 12:30 PM
Thursday, May 9, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Thursday, May 9, 2019 – 12:30 PM
Friday, May 10, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Friday, May 10, 2019 – 12:30 PM
Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 12, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Sunday, May 12, 2019 – 4:00 PM
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 12:30 PM
Thursday, May 16, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Thursday, May 16, 2019 – 12:30 PM
Friday, May 17, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Friday, May 17, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 19, 2019 – 1:00 PM

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In this section you will find:

  • SHOW BACKGROUND – See below
  • TIPS & RESOURCES TO ENJOY THE SHOW

TIPS & RESOURCES TO ENJOY THE SHOW

SHOW BACKGROUND

HIDDEN HEROES is based on the book Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA. By Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris. Published by ABDO Publishing, Minneapolis, MN. Copyright © 2017
Written by Shá Cage
Directed by Signe Harriday

MEET THE DIRECTOR:  Signe Harriday   –   Coming Soon!

THE SHOW CREATORS

DUCHESS HARRIS, JD, PHD   (BOOK AUTHOR)

Professor Harris was a Mellon Mays Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated in 1991 with a degree in American History. Six years later, she earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. She did postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School and at the Womanist Studies Consortium at the University of Georgia.

In 1998, Harris joined the faculty at Macalester College. She became the first Chair of the American Studies Department in 2003 and was granted tenure in 2004. In 2007 she decided that attending law school would allow her to expand the scope of her scholarship even further. In 2008, she was the only law student in the country chosen to be an Associate Editor for Litigation News, the American Bar Association Section’s quarterly flagship publication. In 2009, she won a $96,000 fellowship from the Bush Leadership Program, which encourages their recipients to create positive change in their communities. In 2010, she became the first Editor-in-Chief of Law Raza Journal, an interactive on-line race and the law journal.

She earned a Juris Doctorate in January 2011, and has an expertise in Civil Rights Law. In 2015, The Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers chose her to receive “The Profiles in Courage Award.” She is currently a member of Governor Mark Dayton’s Board of Public Defense.

She is also the proud curator of the Duchess Harris Collection, which has more than 40 books written for 3-12 graders. Macalester College President, Brian C. Rosenberg, interviewed her about a forthcoming title on the #MeToo Movement.

Professor Harris is a scholar of Contemporary African American History and Political Theory. Her academic books include, Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity, (2009), Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Clinton, (2009), Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Obama, (2011), and Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Trump, which will be released fall 2018.

Professor Harris is on sabbatical for the 2018-2019 academic year. She resides in Vadnais Heights MN with her husband, Dr. Jon. V. Thomas, their three children, Austin, Avi, and Zach; a British Short Haired cat named Skittles and a Standard Poodle named Mocha.    Courtesy of www.duchessharris.com

SHÀ CAGE  (PLAYWRIGHT)

Shá Cage is a playwright, actor, and spoken word poet. She has written two solo plays, six collaborative plays, and has traveled widely to areas such as Canada, England, Africa, New York, Bosnia, France, and more, teaching and performing her work that largely centers around topics of identity, class, and home. She recently closed the plays Clybourne Park at the Guthrie Theater and Nellie at the MN History Theater, followed by her first solo work N.I.G.G.E.R., which was produced by Intermedia Arts. Internationally, she has worked at the Hackney Empire Theater, Nottingham Playhouse, and Zion Arts in England. She was seen last in Appomattox at the Guthrie Theater and in Penumbra’s production of Amen Corner. Notable local roles include: Agnes in Agnes Under the Big Top (Mixed Blood), Helena in Eclipsed, Venus in Venus (Frank Theater), Josephine in Ruined (Mixed Blood), and the Bride in Blood Wedding (10 Thousand Things). She’s also worked with Illusion, Pangea, and Jeune Luene. Film Credits include: Drop Dead Gorgeous, Midnight Chronicles, Cry About a Nickel, and Radio. Recent Awards include: A 2011 Emmy: ‘I Believe in Public Access’ commercial, a 2011 McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship, and named a “Changemaker” (Women’s Press).  Courtesy of www.pwcenter.org

Hidden Human Computers by Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris is produced with the permission of the publisher, ABDO Publishing, Minneapolis, MN

 

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