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Carrying the Load

13 Mar 2016 7:30 PM | Mahasin D. Shamsid-Deen

As part of the Richmond Virginia annual Acts of Faith Festival, Woven Orbits theater present “Carrying the Load” by playwright Mahasin D. Shamsid-Deen and Directed by Haseena Abdur-Rahman. 

Young Clara Evans elopes with her beau Elijah in 1920s Georgia and they become part of the early 20th century great Black migration north to escape unsatisfactory economic opportunities and the harsh segregationist laws of the south.   Unmet expectations and the Depression are burdensome until Clara embraces a completely new way of life.   Her new faith drives her to help open an alternative school to ‘self’ educate Black students in the 1930s which is met with considerable resistance the Detroit Board of Education.  Undaunted, this quiet unassuming woman continues and expands what is known today as Americas’ first African American owned and operated private schools


  • Saturday:  March 12, 2016 2:00pm matinee - Richmond Main Public Library - free admission
  • Sunday March 13, 2016 - 2:00 pm matinee - Firehouse Theatre. 1206 W. Broad St.  $8
  • Sunday March 13, 2016 - 7:30pm show -     Firehouse  Theatre. 1206 W. Broad St.  $12
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