STEAL AWAY is my one-woman show about a little-known piece of American history, which I originally wrote and performed as Artist-in-Residence of the National Park Service.
Set in 1880, STEAL AWAY is told from the perspective of Priscilla, a white woman who leaves the East to homestead in the Plains with her husband and children. There she crosses paths with Abigail and her family, former slaves who fled the South after Reconstruction ended.
The narrative weaves together historical accounts of those who sought free land through The Homestead Act, and the significant but nearly forgotten movement of 20,000-40,000 blacks who headed north when the last federal troops were removed from the South. These African Americans called themselves Exodusters, likening their flight to the Biblical exodus of the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. The show's title comes from the Negro spiritual of the same name.
I’m a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of national publications. I also have a B.A. in Theatre.
I’ve performed STEAL AWAY at many locations since 2009, for community groups and at colleges, libraries and senior living residences. While the program is appropriate any time of the year, it’s an especially good fit for Black or Women’s History Month, in February and March, respectively.
STEAL AWAY is approximately one hour in length, including a question and answer session after the show. I supply the props, music, costume, press release and program. The set consists of a rocking chair and small table, which I provide if the performance is within driving distance. The ideal setting for STEAL AWAY is an intimate space with a seating capacity of less than 300, with the ability to play a music CD and use a lapel microphone.

My performance fee is available upon request. Please contact me for more information and to schedule STEAL AWAY.