Musical Preview at OHA!

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Hattie, A Musical Life of Slave Narrative Author Harriet Jacobs

STONINGTON, MAINE—Opera House Arts (OHA) is pleased to announce a staged community reading and sing through, on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22-23, of a work in development by Penobscot’s Bundy H. Boit. Hattie, a play with music in two acts, is based on the life and time of Harriet Jacobs. Jacobs was the author, just before the start of the Civil War in 1861, of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, the first book to portray the sexualization of women in slavery.

2013, the bicentennial of Jacobs’ birth, is a doubly auspicious year for the further development of Hattie as it is also the 150thanniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Born into slavery in North Carolina in 1813, Jacobs escaped from the plantation after years of sexual harassment and abuse at the hands of her owner, and having given birth to two children fathered by a white neighbor. She spent almost seven years hiding in a tiny attic crawl space in her grandmother’s house, unable to sit or stand, and eventually becoming permanently physically disabled. In 1842, Jacobs escaped to New York and found work as a nanny in the household of a prominent abolitionist writer, Nathaniel Parker Willis. She was eventually reunited with her children and later joined the antislavery movement, writing her anti-slavery narrative in the sentimental style of the time under the pen name Linda Brent. Its straight forward handling of the treatment of women in slavery has made Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl one of the most acclaimed slave narratives of all time.

Hattie will directed by Opera House Arts’ Artistic Director Judith Jerome, with musical direction by Win Pusey, and feature 11 community members in 15 individual roles, plus chorus. Amy Kaiser of Deer Isle will be featured as Hattie. The cast also includes Marnie Crowell, Rich Howe, Dana Douglass, Heather Wren, Brad Pusey, Dee Miller, Doug Drown, Marvin Merritt, and Sue Bolton.

Earlier versions of the play have been staged by Kevin Brown at the Waldo Theater, Bill Raiten at the New Surry Theatre, and Aynne Ames.

Tickets are available at the door the night of the shows. Adults are $8 and Island Students Free.

For further information please call the Opera House box office at 367-2788, or go to


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