Kemp's Double Bill to 'Sweeten' ArtWalk Weekend

  • http-blogs-fandm-edu-wp-content-blogs-dir-29-files-2012-04-akemp-jpg Amanda Kemp, research associate in Africana studies and founder of Lancaster's Theatre for Transformation  

Amanda Kemp, research associate in Africana studies and founder of Lancaster's Theatre for Transformation, will take her latest performance to one of the sweetest places in town.

Kemp and three ensemble members will perform The Sweeter the Berry at Carmen and David’s Creamery on North Prince Street Saturday and Sunday afternoons during Lancaster’s ArtWalk weekend. Billed as a "delectable mix of poetry and song about love, childhood and spirit," the show is free and open to the public. Each show is a 15-minute excerpt from a longer performance that will premiere Saturday evening at the Lancaster Quaker Meeting.

Following the evening performance of The Sweeter the Berry, Kemp and her ensemble will dramatize American slavery and freedom in Show Me the Franklins! The play offers a new perspective on Benjamin Franklin's life as a slave owner and president of the abolitionist society. Joining Kemp in the performance are Perry DiVirgilio, Deborah Billups and Mary Ferrell.

Show Me the Franklins! has been featured at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival since premiering at Franklin & Marshall College in 2004. It has garnered grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

The Sweeter the Berry
by Amanda Kemp
Oct. 17, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Oct. 18, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Carmen and David's Creamery
25 N. Prince St., Lancaster
Free Will Offering
All Ages

Show Me the Franklins! Remembering the Ancestors, Slavery and Benjamin Franklin
Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Lancaster Quaker Meeting
110 Tulane Terrance, Lancaster
Suggested Donation: $15 in advance/ $20 at the door
Ages 8 and up

For more information, including ticket information, contact Amanda Kemp at amanda@dramandakemp.com, 717-333-9563.

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