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February 27, 2023
10:00 AM
Time Details:
Doors open at 8:30 AM

F.M. Kirby Center

71 Public Square
Wilkes Barre, PA 18701
Free of charge to teachers and parents.
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Laux Young People's Theater Series - Finding North

Monday, February 27, 2023

All reservation numbers are final.

Finding North

This production brings to life the powerful stories of the strivings, sacrifices and dreams of John P. Parker, a former enslaved man who dedicated his life to helping fugitive slaves escape through the Underground Railroad in southern Ohio. Drawn from historical research, Parker’s tale is woven together with verbatim interview material and oral histories from immigrants and non-immigrants who tell their stories of searching for haven in modern-day America.  
A timely and provocative contribution to the national conversation about prejudice, privilege, and human rights, the play is both an exploration and celebration of the continuing quest for justice and freedom in America. Originally written by David Gonzalez and commissioned by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park to celebrate the opening of Cincinnati's Underground Railroad Freedom Center, FINDING NORTH will be revisited and updated through the collaboration of David Gonzalez with performer/director Daniel Carlton. Carlton will captivate the audience with his one-man performance of John Parker and all the other characters, while accompanied by Gonzalez playing blues guitar. The piece concludes with a dynamic audience talk-back. 
Grades 5 and up

The Kirby has also announced the lineup for the 2022-2023 Laux YPTS series. All shows are available free of charge to teachers and parents.

The Wonderful World of Simple Machines for grades K-5 – Tuesday, March 21, 2023 10:00 a.m.
The Magic School Bus: Lost In The Solar System for grades K-5 – Monday, April 3, 2023 10:00 a.m.
Tales as Tall as the Sky for grades K-5 – Wednesday, April 19, 2023 10:00 a.m.

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