Immersive theater experience brings audiences along the Underground Railroad
(WASHINGTON COUNTY) – It's been 165 years since a crowd of anti-slavery demonstrators smashed down the doors of the Milwaukee jail and rescued fugitive slave Joshua Glover. According to the Wisconsin Historical Society, Glover was one of more than 100 escaping slaves helped to freedom by way of Wisconsin between 1842 and 1861. In fact, a mural depicting Glover's story and another highlighting Wisconsin's role in the Underground Railroad spans the walls of the Fond du Lac Avenue underpass at I-43 near downtown Milwaukee.
The network of African Americans and whites who offered shelter and aid to escaped slaves is the focus of an interactive event being staged this weekend and next on a wooded trail behind wooded hills church in Colgate, five miles west of Menomonee Falls. This immersive production breaks down the barriers between actors and audience, putting spectators right in the middle of the action, and calls on them to help a fugitive from slavery escape to freedom.
This weekend, the Sunday Morning Spotlight shines on Morning Star Productions.