Karen Jones Meadows will be performing her play “Harriet’s Return: Based Upon the Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman.
Renowned playwright Karen Jones Meadows has performed her one-woman tour-de-force “Harriet’s Return” across the United States and abroad. The next stop for the critically acclaimed play is the Charles H. Wight Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan this March 9th. With a complex methodology and over thirty characters, “Harriet’s Return” takes audience members on a spiritual journey through the depths of Ms. Tubman’s soul as she navigates both the harsh realities of slavery and the contradictions within herself.
More than just a biography or social commentary, “Harriet’s Return” is a narrative of personal transcendence and reclamation. “I want people to feel empowered by Harriet’s story,” explains creator and actress Karen Jones Meadows. “Harriet is the prism through which we can examine our own desires and aspirations for freedom.” Following slavery through reconstruction, the play provides striking insight into the historical context of Tubman’s life.
While the play traces racial issues throughout history, Meadows asserts that it is geared towards a universal audience. “I’ve found over the years that everyone is enslaved by something, whether it be family, circumstance, or ourselves. In that sense, Harriet’s story is an exercise in introspection for all of us. Audience members are forced to ask—what is it that’s holding me back? How can I set myself free?”