Ain't I A Woman celebrates four remarkable black women in chamber
music theatre performance Feb. 27
unique chamber music theater work exploring the lives of four powerful
African-American women will be performed this month at Manchester
College. “Ain’t I A Woman!” celebrates Black History Month in a
7:30 p.m. performance Monday, Feb. 27 in Cordier Auditorium.
Admission is free and reservations are not necessary.
Nationally acclaimed, The Core Ensemble musical trio and theatrical
performer Liz Mikel present the lives of fiery abolitionist Sojourner
Truth, novelist-anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, folk artist
Clementine Hunter and civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer.
Sojourner Truth delivered her famous “Ain’t I A Woman” speech to the
Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio in 1851.
From a script by Kim Hines, actress Liz Mikel portrays each woman with a
narrative wed to a musical score drawn from spirituals and blues of the
Deep South as well as urban jazz of the Harlem Renaissance and Modern
Since its inception in 1993, The Core Ensemble has toured nationally to
every region of the United States and internationally to England,
Russia, Australia and the British Virgin Islands. The Ensemble received
2000 Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has received support from the
Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, New England Foundation for the
Arts, Palm Beach County Cultural Council, the Aaron Copland Fund for
Music and the Virgil Thomson Foundation.
Performing since early childhood, actress Liz Mikel appears regularly at
the Dallas Theater Center and has performed in Central Park SummerStage
in New York City. She toured France and Switzerland with the musical
Blind Lemon and is a company member of Vivid Theatre Ensemble and
Universal Connections storytelling troupe.