In Celebration of Black History,
Express Children’s Theatre Presents
Based on actual events in Texas history, FREEDOM TRAIN is a rousing and poignant dramatization of a mother and son’s escape from a Texas Plantation along the Underground Railroad to Mexico in 1844. Designed for children and adults, the play deals with issues of slavery, freedom and family loyalty, set within an historical context. Period and contemporary music and costumes bridge the gap between 18th century language and customs and modern sensibilities.
Mexico ended slavery in the early 1800’s, but in the United States, slavery was in effect until the end of the Civil War in 1865. While the Underground Railroad – the route along which enslaved people escaped to freedom – is typically known to have lead from South to North, there was also a branch that lead South across the Rio Grande to Mexico. As many as 8,000 enslaved Africans made their way to Mexico where they were recognized as free people by the Mexican government.
Based on many personal accounts, Freedom Train presents the sweep of history from the point of view of one family’s journey to freedom.
CAST AND CREW
The play was written by Celeste Bedford Walker and Tim Fried-Fiori and directed by Eboni Bell. The cast includes Beatriz Gonzalez, Kendrick Lattimore, Prince Nnaji and Lakeicha Thomas. Set Design is by Eboni Bell and Logan Vaden, costumes by Brandie Fry, and Stage Managing by Logan Vaden.
EXPRESS CHILDREN’S THEATRE
446 Northwest Mall, Houston TX, 77092
Saturdays at 2 pm, February 11, 18 and 25, 2017
Schools and Organizations throughout Greater Houston
February 8 – March 25, 2017
MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE
6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030
April 29, 2017, at 11am
This year marks Express Theatre’s 26th consecutive season creating and presenting culturally-diverse performing arts programs and classes designed to entertain, educate and inspire children and their families.
Express Children’s Theatre was founded in 1991 to create a professional children’s theatre touring company in Houston. That year, Express reached about 3,700 children. Since then, Express Children’s Theatre has grown to reach over 75,000 kids a year schools, libraries, churches, hospitals, museums and community organizations in Greater Houston and beyond.
From familiar folklore and fascinating fiction to stories of perseverance and personal triumph, five fully-produced original works and adaptations of classics are created and performed each season by Houston’s finest theatre artists. In addition, Storytelling Programs, including bi-lingual Spanish/English programs, are also performed throughout the year for smaller audiences. Express offers regular performances at its in-house theatre located in the Northwest Mall and tours extensively throughout Texas, including 6 shows a year at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Express Children’s Theatre is funded in part by BBVA Compass, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and the Miller Theatre Advisory Board, Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, The Houston Endowment, Inc., The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, The Humphreys Foundation, Kinder Morgan Foundation, Mark and Charlie’s Gay Lesbian Fund for Moral Values; The Meadows Foundation, Salners Family Foundation, Target, Texas Commission on the Arts and The Wortham Foundation.