“Yours for the Oppressed” Jervis Langdon (James Hare) talks to 18 News about a original play coming to Park Church

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"Yours for the Oppressed" Jervis Langdon (James Hare) talks to 18 News about a original play coming to Park Church

“Yours, for the Oppressed,” a new play written by Siena College students and performed by the Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York, will be presented at The Park Church, 208 W. Gray St., Elmira on Saturday, August 17, at 2 pm.

The play is historically based and concerns an episode in the lives of an educated, middle class black family living in Albany in the 1850s. The drama explores different perspectives on the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad within the community and conflicts among the family members.

“Yours, for the Oppressed” is touring various New York State locations with a connection to the Underground Railroad. Locally, it is being sponsored by The Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery. Many notable abolitionists and participants in the Underground Railroad are buried in Woodlawn. The Park Church also has strong connections to the both the movement and the Underground Railroad.

A founder of The Park Church and staunch abolitionist, Jervis Langdon, portrayed by James E. Hare, will welcome the audience to the performance.

Park Church is located at 208 W. Gray St. in Elmira.

There is no charge for admission. A free will offering will be accepted.

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