FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT ANSON SMITH AT 203-332-5229

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BRIDGEPORT – The Culture of the Underground Railroad will be spotlighted Thursday, Nov. 20 when the group Nzinga’s Daughters makes a two-part appearance at Housatonic Community College.

Committed to educating through entertainment, this African-American women’s ensemble has developed a theme around the Underground Railroad conveyed through storytelling, poetry and song. Through its performance, the group reveals coded messages that were hidden in African-American spirituals and everyday objects.

Group members will conduct a workshop with HCC Theater Arts students from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center in Lafayette Hall on the college campus. At the workshop, band members and students will develop a performance piece. At 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, the piece developed in the workshop will be performed and the group will give a solo performance.

The events, which are free and open to the public, are being held as part of the college’s Third Thursday Cultural Celebration series. During most months in the academic year, a performing artist representing a specific culture comes to the college on the third Thursday to develop and perform a piece with Theater Arts students and give a solo performance.

The college is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte, 8 (Exit 1) in downtown Bridgeport, a block from the Arena at Harbor Yard. For more information, contact Prof. Geoffrey Sheehan at 203-332-5270.