Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM
“Steal Away” is my one-woman show about a little-known piece of American history, which I originally wrote and performed as Artist-in-Residence of the National Park Service. Set in 1880, “Steal Away” is told from the perspective of Priscilla, a white woman who leaves the East to homestead in the Plains with her husband and children. There she crosses paths with Abigail and her family, former slaves who fled the South after Reconstruction ended. The narrative weaves together historical accounts of those who sought free land through The Homestead Act, and the significant but nearly forgotten movement of 20,000-40,000 blacks who headed north when the last federal troops were removed from the South. These African Americans called themselves Exodusters, likening their flight to the Biblical exodus of the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. The show's title comes from the Negro spiritual of the same name.
Penny Musco is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, writing articles across a wide range of genres, especially the women’s and travel markets. Her work has appeared in Family Circle, AARP Bulletin, USA Today, More, and Ladies’ Home Journal, among other periodicals. Penny has a B.A. in theater and has worked for several years in radio.
Library: Sea Isle City Library
Location: Public Meeting Room
In celebration of Women's History Month
Presenter: Penny Musco