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One-Woman Show at Hudson Valley's Maureen Stapleton Theatre to Portray Abolitionist Sojourner Truth

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, September 23, 2002

Boston actress Kathryn Woods will portray Sojourner Truth, the legendary escaped slave who risked her life to free other slaves, in a one-woman performance at Hudson Valley Community College.

Joining Sojourner Truth at the end of her life, the program "A Woman, Ain't I?" will be presented at noon on Thursday, Oct. 3 in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre at Hudson Valley.

Sold into slavery in Hurley, N.Y. as Isabella Baumfree, Sojourner Truth became a powerful speaker against slavery and for the rights of women. As the end of the Civil War drew near, she was appointed counselor for the Freedman's Relief Association. The last years of her life were spent petitioning the government to turn over western lands to ex-slaves.

Woods, who has performed with Theatreworks, People's Theatre, the Wheelock Family Theatre and the Underground Railway Theatre, will present Sojourner Truth recalling her days as a slave, detailing her relationship with God, and sharing poignant stories of her days walking through the country. Woods will use her character's own inspirational words in the performance, as well as the spiritual music she might have sung.

Presented by the Cultural Affairs Program at the college, the performance is open to the public. General admission is $5, and admission for seniors and students is $2. Hudson Valley students will be admitted free with college ID.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.