Written and directed by CAPAC's executive artistic director, Lawrence Dulin, the one-woman show consists almost entirely of monologues chronicling Dean's life and struggles to see her dreams of building churches and trade schools for African-Americans actualized.
In between almost every of the 16 monologues is a "spiritual" dance number, performed by CAPAC'S dance troupe.
"The dances are supposed to engage the audience," Dulin
The play was scheduled, Dulin
said, to correspond with Black History Month.
"Diversity is our number one focus," he
said."Our performances are meant to be culturally enriching and educational."
And the play is a veritable history lesson, with the script sculpted by historical archives on Dean that the Manassas Museum
provided to Dulin
Born into slavery, Dean never knew when her
birthday was, only a time frame -somewhere between 1848 and 1852.
In the play, she
says this was one of the many ways slave owners kept their slaves in the dark.
What the audience will ultimately see is a woman who, with her
family, prevailed through slavery and worked diligently and resourcefully to achieve her
When Dean was just a child her
"daddy" said to her
: "If you want something bad enough, you don't let nothing stop you."