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UDM Announces Free Performances of "Jordan Anderson Writes a Letter"

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation the University of Detroit Mercy in partnership with the Chrysler Group LLC announces four free performances of the multimedia docudrama Jordan Anderson Writes A Letter.  Written by UDM Theatre Professor Dr. Arthur J. Beer, Jordan Anderson Writes A Letter will be performed on the University of Detroit Mercy’s McNichols campus in the Life Science Building room 113 on February 21 and 22, 2014.  To reserve your seat please call 313-993-3270. Donations are encouraged.

Performance times are Friday, February 27, 28 at 11 a.m. and March 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28 at 11 a.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48202). 

After the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, Jordan Anderson and his family fled their Tennessee master’s plantation to find a new life in Dayton, Ohio under the mentorship of the great abolitionist, Valentine Winters. Their courageous journey from Tennessee slavery to Ohio freedom was later challenged by the demands of his former master to return home. Jordan Anderson assisted by Winters responds to the letter of his former master with a letter of his own. The result is a human lesson in compassion, defiance and dignity.

Jordan Anderson Writes A Letter is produced by the University of Detroit Mercy’s Theatre Company. Producer Level Sponsors are the Michigan’s Humanities Council, the National Humanities Endowment and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Director Level Sponsors include the Chrysler Group LLC, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment of the Arts. Established in 1970, The Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy continues its mission of providing the Metro Detroit community with thoughtful, high-quality and professional productions while centering on social justice issues in our community. For more information on becoming a student or an associate guest artist, please contact Greg Grobis at 313-993-3269.

Release date: February 18, 2014

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