Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre continues its West Liberty performing season

with FREEDOM STAR: Gertie’s Journey on the Underground Railroad. 

Performances will take place Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2:00 and 4:00 P.M. at the New

Strand Theater in West Liberty.

The production features three large marionettes porte (hand-held puppets),

along with rod and shadow puppets, and hand-dyed scenery.   It tells a dramatic

and moving story, based on  local history, of

a young slave girl who escapes from a farm in Missouri and makes her way

through Iowa on her way to freedom.

Honoring the 150th anniversary year of the beginning of the Civil War, this

play uses regional history references, including information about John Brown

during the years he spent in Iowa.

It also recounts an event that actually took place in West Liberty in March of

1859, when John Brown sent a boxcar load of slaves from the West Liberty

depot to Chicago, Detroit, and eventual freedom in Canada.

The performance on the January 20th serves as the springboard for an original
play about John Brown and West Liberty, which will be performed by
community volunteers on March 24th.

For more information or for tickets, call (319) 627-2487



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