Common Ground Downtown celebrates Black History Month
There are stories connected with the Underground Railroad in countless communities throughout the north. Old houses have secret tunnels leading into the woods, attics with hidden stairways. The “railroad” was a network of friends who helped slaves escape to freedom in the north and on to Canada before the Civil War. This turbulent period of history is the subject of Freedom Flight, a one-act play with music by Mad River Theater Works. Freedom Flight revolves around the most famous incident in the history of the Underground Railroad in Ohio: the story of Addison White, an escaped slave, and his rescue by the citizens of the town of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. This play brings history to life through original songs and an array of characters that pop right out of the past to relive the turbulence and hope of the Underground Railroad right before your eyes.
Mad River Theater Works is a professional touring theater company with roots deep in the flat farm country of the Midwest. We create plays that combine music and drama to tell stories about people from the back roads and small towns of America.