The Spirit of Harriet Tubman

Finalist, 1999 National Canadian Chalmers Award for ‘Best New Play for Young Audiences’



On a barren stage with only a trunk of costumes, 'The Spirit of Harriet Tubman' uses Harriet's own words in telling the story of her life from her earliest experiences as a slave, through her work on the underground railroad, to her continued commitment to others in her later years.


Preview: The Spirit of Harriet Tubman


Amrita Singh profiles Leslie McCurdy: an actor/playwright who has been coming to Ottawa for more than a decade to perform The Spirit of Harriet Tubman at local area schools.
Plugged In to Ottawa #8, CBC Ottawa

“A wrenching and ultimately inspiring narrative leavened by humour…riveting…the indisputable talents of Leslie ( Lorraine) McCurdy have seen to that!"
Janice Kennedy, The Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada



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Reviews of The Spirit of Harriet Tubman


A Breathtaking Performance
Excerpt from Poetic Beauty, by Joanne Green.


Written Commentary


Audio Commentary


Press Package
MS Word, 1MB



Harriet is My Hero
An alternate version of The Spirit of Harriet Tubman designed for kindergarten through grade 2 audiences'.