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Play by Miami senior tells stories of the Underground RR

“Cincinnati 28,” a play by Miami senior Kristin Elzey, is currently being performed at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Performances are at 10 a.m. and noon Nov. 15 and 16; with additional performances scheduled Feb. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15.

“Cincinnati 28” is based on the true story of 28 fugitive slaves who hired a conductor to lead them on a journey through the Ohio River Valley to Canada. “The play is mainly about viewpoints,” says Elzey. “It shares the viewpoints of the slave catcher, the runaway slave, the overseer and the conductor through monologues.” Characters also include a mother and child, plantation cook and free black man.

“I wrote the play my junior year of high school for a class project,” says Elzey. “It started as a short play, highlighting the story of a slave woman who escaped with her baby. My mother was doing some research for another play and found this untold, true story. We then collaborated to write ‘Cincinnati 28’ based on my short story.” Kristen graduated from Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; she is a senior strategic communication major with a minor in entrepreneurship.

Her mother, Lynn, was researching her own play, “Runaway Slave,” for performances at the Heritage Museum Center in Sharon Woods. Lynn previously worked there and now works for the Museum Center.

“Cincinnati 28” is designed for grades 4-12, to investigate themes of courage and change. An accompanying curriculum guide says the play emphasizes the importance of a compassionate voice, the touch of a helping hand, and illustrates the strength and sacrifices of those who gave their lives so that others could achieve freedom.

For more information, call the Museum Center at (513) 287-7000, x7292.

Date Published: 11/15/2007
Volume: 27   Number: 10

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