Show Way: The Musical

Soonie’s great-grandma was just seven years old when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, with only some fabric and needles to call her own. She began to stitch a Show Way, a quilt with secret meanings to show enslaved people the way to freedom. As each generation passes, the Show Way shines a light on the past and paves a road to the future, stitching together possibility and promise. Jacqueline Woodson’s award-winning story of history, love, and resilience becomes a world premiere stage adaptation. This moving, lyrical account pays tribute to women in Woodson’s own family whose strength and knowledge illuminate their daughters’ lives over seven generations.

Preview the Performance

Monday, February 26, 2024 at 10am and 12pm
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 10am and 12pm
Show run time: 50 minutes

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