Norwich, VT—Filmmaker/writer Nora Jacobson has partnered with playwright Richard Wesley of New York City to write a screenplay about one of Vermont’s unsung heroines, Lucy Terry Prince. Lucy was an Afro-Vermonter, a poet and pioneer, formerly enslaved person, who traveled from Guilford in the southern tip of Vermont to Norwich, in the summer of 1785. Her mission was to seek justice from Governor Chittenden against the abuses that she and her family suffered at the hands of her white neighbors.
Funded by a grant from the Byrne Foundation and co-sponsored by the Norwich Historical Society and Upper Valley Arts, Jacobson and Wesley are staging the screenplay reading with help from theater artist Duncan Nichols and artist Antoinette Jacobson. The reading will include a talk-back between participants in the production and the audience. Admission is free or by donation.
Actors from New York will join Vermont and New Hampshire actors to tell the story of Lucy Prince’s decision to walk to Norwich, what happened during her trip through the wilderness, and the 5 days that she and her son spent in the town of Norwich, waiting for the Governor and his council to arrive.
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