What is truth?
TRUTH is an original American musical inspired by the Life, Words & Spirit of SOJOURNER TRUTH, one of the greatest women in American history.
Based on the gripping autobiography, Narrative of Sojourner Truth; A Bondswoman of Olden Time, TRUTH resurrects the unique, empowering, uplifting presence of the Storyteller, Sojourner Truth. TRUTH recreates Sojourner’s calling: to go from town to town, place to place, to change people’s minds by telling her own life story, the TRUTH about slavery. The audience is America, now and always, citizens and others who have come to the Fairground one fateful Fourth of July to hear Sojourner’s TRUTH and decide the fate of the nation.
Sojourner Truth grew up in bondage in the Hudson Valley for almost 30 years. Unlike her famous contemporaries Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, Sojourner was a Slave in New York! When her freedom was promised her and then denied, she took her own freedom; sued a white man to free her little boy; then left for New York City where she grew to become reborn as a traveling Truth-Teller. A world-renowned speaker, homespun preacher, champion of emancipation, and one of the very first champions of women’s rights in America, her most famous speech, “Ain’t I A Woman"?” (or “Aren’t I A Woman?”) was given at a women’s rights convention in 1851. Sojourner met with President Lincoln in the White House, was lauded by Harriet Beecher Stowe who called her the “Libyan Sibyl.” She lived through the Civil War and saw the proclaimed “end of slavery” well before she died. But she knew the nation had a long way yet to go. And here we are.
In an age of fake news, national division and simmering racial, class and gender-based tensions, TRUTH is a renewing balm for the heart and soul of America. Speaking and singing TRUTH to power, Sojourner takes the stage at our crossroads of crisis and decision, to proclaim liberty once again, and for all. Here to help heal the nation of its afflictions, TRUTH is a living, breathing testament of Faith in action, a musical for America now, our TRUTH time.
With an uplifting, moving and rousing score, covering a wide range of American musical theater heritage, TRUTH stirs the soul and awakens the senses by making a Truthful Joyful noise.
TRUTH speaks to the heart of what it means to be alive, to be a woman, to be determined, to be free. TRUTH asks, “What is true Justice and Liberty for each and for all? When will it truly come to be in America? What will it take to invoke & embody the Holy Spirit of Love & Mercy, for ourselves, our brothers and sisters, and for all our fellow beings?”
The answer: Let us light the Flame of Freedom with “TRUTH, the whole TRUTH, and nothin but Sojourner Truth.”
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TRUTH the Musical was created by KENI FINE.
TRUTH was presented at THEARC Theater Center in Washington DC in 2015 as a joint production of THEARC, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, and Fineheart Productions.
Songs from TRUTH - “Ain’t I A Woman?” & “Mama’s Goin To Freedom” - were presented at the United Nations in a special program on “Women & Human Rights” for the 60th Anniversary of the International Declaration of Human Rights.
TRUTH. It’s about time somebody told it.