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‘Lines of Freedom’ at the Irondale Ensemble Project

That’s edutainment! Two Fort Greene musicals celebrate Black History Month

By Matthew Perlman - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com
Freedom also dances: Victoria Ward and Ben Matthews performing in a production of “Color Between the Lines,” part of a pair of performances being hosted by the Irondale Ensemble Project. Photo by Gerry Goodstein

Freedom also dances: Victoria Ward and Ben Matthews performing in a production of “Color Between the Lines,” part of a pair of performances being hosted by the Irondale Ensemble Project. Photo by Gerry Goodstein

Freedom sings in Fort Greene.

The Irondale Ensemble Project is hosting a pair of musical productions in celebration of Black History Month starting Feb. 20 — a play about the abolitionist movement in Brooklyn and an opera about the life of Harriet Tubman.

“It’s the perfect pairing,” said Matthew Gray, producing director for American Opera Projects, the South Oxford Street group that is producing the opera. “And we wanted our Brooklyn audience to have first crack at it.”

“Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom” is a folk opera written by Nigerian-American composer Nkeiru Okoye. It tells the story of how a young girl born into slavery became an American hero, leading countless slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

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