The Gracie to feature performance celebrating African-American women

By Wire Reports


Photo from the Gracie´s programme

Photo from the Gracie´s programme

BANGOR – Husson University’s Gracie Theatre will celebrate Black History Month and Women’s History Month on Friday, February 26th with a performance of “Ain’t I a Woman!,” a chamber music theatre work celebrating the lives and times of four African-American women.


The women celebrated during the performance include ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, folk artist Clementine Hunter and civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer.


“Conceived and performed by the Core Ensemble,’ Ain’t I a Woman!’ could best be described as a marriage of theatrical narrative and chamber music performance,” said Jeri Misler, managing director of the Gracie Theatre. “With a musical score drawn from the heartfelt spirituals of the Deep South, the urban exuberance of the Jazz Age and concert music by African-American composers, this performance will delight fans of classical music and a variety of other instrumental genres.”

Actress Deltoiya Goodman portrays the four women celebrated over the course of “Ain’t I a Woman!” During the performance, she brings multiple characters to life as she interacts onstage with the musicians who play cello, piano and percussion instruments.
Goodman has appeared in regional theater (Palm Beach Dramaworks and Players by the Sea) in theater works such as “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Wiz.” Her film credits include “Let’s Do Lunch” and “Baby.” Goodman received her training at Florida State University, the Douglas Anderson School for the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida, and at the American Black Theater Festival.

Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured in every region of the United States and internationally in Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine and the British Virgin Islands. The Core Ensemble has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, The Palm Beach County Cultural Council and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

All tickets for the 7 p.m. performance are $15. To reserve your tickets, contact the Gracie box office at (207) 941-7888 or at

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