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March 6, 2014

Sharing 'A Journey ...'

One-woman show explores African-American history

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Wilson has produced “A Journey ...” everywhere from New York to her hometown of Minneapolis. But most of her performances take place in the churches, schools and children’s clubs of Connecticut.

Newburyport’s show comes courtesy of a mutual friend, she said, actor Jack Rushton, who connected her with The Actors Studio and with Peabody’s Brooksby Village retirement community, where she will offer another performance.

The event is part of a long tradition of Women’s History Month events at The Actors Studio, according to Executive Director Marc Clopton.

On March 22, the studio will screen a documentary called “For the Next Seven Generations,” which follows 13 indigenous grandmothers from 13 nations coming together to spread the word of “stewardship of the Earth,” Clopton said. The film will be followed by a “talkback” session with a woman who builds sacred rattles and drums.

Like “A Journey ...,” past events have often included an element of February’s Black History Month, including African-American storyteller Valerie Tutson’s “Brave Women — Bold Moves, Black Women of Strength and Courage.”

Clopton looks forward to another opportunity to showcase diversity in Newburyport.

“Certainly, our community is becoming more diverse,” he said. “And the issues around diversity and tolerance exist everywhere. This is a chance to give people a glimpse of some of the great African-American women of history.”

If you go

What: “A Journey ...” by Kimberly Wilson

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where: The Actors Studio of Newburyport, The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5

How much: $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students. Tickets available at www.newburyportacting.org or 978-465-1229.

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