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Dauphin County Commissioners

Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick III 

Along with Sankofa African American Theatre Company 

In Partnership with Gamut Theatre Present:

March 8-10, 2019 

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Doors and bar open one hour prior to the show.

Voices of F.E.W. is a theatrical one-woman performance that chronicles the life of Frances Ellen Watkins-Harper

Francis Ellen Watkins-Harper - Sharia Benn

Voices - Meredith Greene and Aneesa Neibauer

Singers - Jenni H. Chavis and Betty Joyner


Director - FL Henley Jr.

Stage Manager - Brianna Dow

Scenic Designer - Andrew Nyberg/Ross Carmichael 

Costume Coordinator - Sharia Benn

Lighting Designer - Alyx Nornhold

Sound Designer - Brianna Dow

Properties Master - Nick Wasileski


“Voices of F.E.W.” is a theatrical one-woman performance that chronicles the life of Frances Ellen Watkins-Harper, a pioneering social activist and abolitionist. In this performance Frances engages the audience through storytelling of her journey through life during the nineteenth century as an abolitionist, poet, lecturer, suffragette and champion for social change. During this theatrical journey, Frances provides historical context for the early civil and equal rights movements during slavery and reconstruction eras. The performance incorporates readings from her most famous and published petic works like “Bury Me in a Free Land”, “The Slave Mother”, and “Songs for the People”, spirituals from the period such as “Hush, Somebody’s Calling My Name”, “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” and “Amazing Grace”, and sharing of excerpts from her letters, articles, and speeches associated with her relationship with John Brown, William Still, and Frederick Douglas.