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Liberty to Go to See

Wednesday, June 12th and Friday, June 14th at 7 PM Saturday, June 15th at 12 PM & 3 PM as part of Historic Germantown's annual
at Cliveden

Cliveden is excited to announce the return of its award-winning dramatic event, Liberty to Go to See! Based on research from the Chew Family Papers and with a script written by students from Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Liberty to Go to See features the lives of the indentured and enslaved workers for the Chew family from the 1760s through the 1860s—men and women whose stories are rarely heard. The title comes from a letter from Joseph, an enslaved worker, to his master, Benjamin Chew, requesting permission to accept employment closer to his wife. The play contrasts the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness by showing the paradoxes of racial discrimination, class divisions, gender roles, and the struggle for freedom.

Directed by award-winning actor and director Johnnie Hobbs, Liberty to Go to See takes place in the Cliveden Main House and is narrated by James Smith, a free African American servant. Audiences will gather in the Cliveden Carriage House before the dramatic event for activities and will then follow James through the house, watching episodes of daily life between the Chews and their workers. Tickets are $15 and on sale now. Due to the intimate nature of the event, audiences are limited to 20 people. The play is not recommended for children 12 years of age and under.

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Liberty to Go to See is funded by The Haley Foundation.

Past Occurrences

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Friday, June 14, 2019 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 3:00pm - 5:00pm

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