PRIME STAGE SPROUTS >> Harriet Tubman
Prime Stage Theatre is excited to announce a new phase of our programming and season with
Prime Stage Sprouts
Prime Stage Sprouts brings literature to life for elementary students and their families, as we inspire their imaginations and foster a love of reading with the joy of live theatre.
CATEGORY: SPROUTS SERIES
Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad
Based on her true story
Adapted by Douglas Jones
Directed by Linda Haston
Discover the courageous journey and heartwarming adventurous of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, as she freed herself and others from the world from slavery. She is best known as “The American Moses.” Filled with spiritual songs you’ll experience her determination and charity.
PLAYBILL - Link to Harriet Tubman Playbill (Flipbook) | PDF Version
SOCIAL STORY - Link to Harriet Tubman Social Story (Flipbook) | PDF Version
REVIEW: Link to Prime Stage Teen Board Review
Link to City Paper Article - Prime Stage Theatre honors famous abolitionist with youth-focused Harriet Tubman play
Link to TribLIVE Article - Prime Stage Theatre set to open Harriet Tubman play
Performance Dates and Times
Please Note: Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:00pm
|Friday, January 20th - 7pm||Friday, January 27th - 7pm|
|Saturday, January 21st - 7pm||Saturday, January 28th - 2:30pm & 7pm|
|Sunday, January 22nd - 2:30pm||Sunday, January 29th - 2:30pm|
Preview: Friday, January 20th at 7pm - Pay What You Can
Opening Night: Saturday, January 21st at 7pm
Sensory Inclusive: Saturday, January 28th at 2:30pm
Link to Purchase Sensory Inclusive Tickets
Audio Describe: Sunday, January 29th at 2:30pm
Link to Purchase Audio Describe Tickets
Link to Flex Plan Membership
Link to Sensory Inclusive Tickets
Link to Audio Describe Tickets
Prime Stage Theatre is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all patrons. Please identify any special seating needs to our Box Office staff when reserving your tickets in advance on-line or by calling Prime Stage Public Performance Box Office at the New Hazlett 412.320.4610
Michele Renee Bankole
Will portray the roles of First Woman, Mary, and Mrs. Ross
Michele is a Soprano African American classical singer of Creek Indian descent raised in Eufaula, Oklahoma. Ms. Bankole’s past endeavors include her debut with the Tulsa Opera as a chorister in 2016, also her debut with the Pittsburgh Festival Opera as a William and Marjorie Cadwallader resident artist in 2017 as The Waters in their original production of A Gathering of Sons. In 2018, she made her debut with Prime Stage Theatre’s production of Dr. Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Michele currently performs locally and lives with her husband, Bankson in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania
Will portray the role of Harriet Tubman
Maame is making her Prime Stage debut playing Harriet Tubman. She was recently an ensemble cast member of Sketchville for Arcade Comedy Theater and has also played other roles such as Beth in Death and Cold Cuts and Queen Calista in The Two Gentlemen Of Donora for the 2022 Pittsburgh New Works Festival. She is originally from the DC Metropolitan area and her passion for music and the performing arts sparked at Thomas G. Pullen Performing Arts Magnet School at the age of 13. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA where she considers her second home.
Will portray the roles of Joe, William Still, Henry, and Mr. Ross
Sam was born in Youngstown Ohio and is now a proud Pittsburgher. Excited to again be in a production with Prime Stage Theatre. You may have seen Sam in Dr Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Monteze Freeland's Kalopsia; and John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Most recently Sam performed in Pittsburgh Public Theater's Raisin in The Sun. Other credits include: Shakespeare's As You Like It with PICT and Project Amelia with Bricolage. Sam also performed as (David) in Mark Southers' award-winning film "Cyril", August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and King Hedley II all with Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater.It's always a blessing to be a part of such a talented group of performers and I'm thankful for this opportunity. Put God first. Shoot your shot. Chase your dreams."
Will portray the roles of Master, Publisher, Robert, Soldier, and Conductor
Isaac is thrilled to be performing at the New Hazlett again in his hometown of Pittsburgh. He recently made his Prime Stage debut when he played the roles of Victor Frankenstein and Percy Shelly in Lawrence C. Connolly’s adaptation of Frankenstein. NY credits include America’s Favorite Newscaster and What Elsa’s Knew in a Peril. He has starred in shows such as Beauty and the Beast, Ragtime and Little Shop of Horrors. Isaac is also a musician. CMU BFA Musical Theater class of 2017.
Will portray the role of Sarah Bradford, Susan B. Anthony, and Quaker Women
Anne has been seen on stage with companies around Pittsburgh, including PSIP, Steel City Shakespeare, Jester’s Guild, & many more. She also spends her autumn days playing Queen Anne Boleyn at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival. Internationally, she has had the opportunity to perform in various venues throughout Italy and Scotland.
Link to Tubman 2000 – MS Magazine article
Link to Remember Aunt Harriet article from the National Parks Conservation Association
Link to The Year of Harriet Tubman article form the Maryland Department of Natural Resources article
Link to YouTube Video: Harriet Tubman's descendants work to keep the great abolitionist's legacy alive
Essence Article: Meet One of Harriet Tubman’s Relatives
Link to Meet Ernestine Wyatt, 3x Great-Grandniece of Harriet Tubman article
Link to Visit PA Website: Destination Freedom: Traveling PA's Underground Railroad
Link to CityPaper Article: Tracing the Underground Railroad in Pittsburgh through these 9 historical sites
Link to Visit Pittsburgh Article: Sites of the Underground Railroad
Link to Heinz History Center Article: From Slavery to Freedom Film Series: The One and Only Dick Gregory
"Suspense, Hope and Wonder."