Finding North

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. ET


Finding North brings to life the powerful stories of the strivings, sacrifices and dreams of John P. Parker, a former enslaved man who helped fugitive enslaved people escape through the Underground Railroad in southern Ohio. Parker’s tale is woven together with verbatim interviews and oral histories from contemporary community members who tell their stories of searching for haven in modern-day America. Daniel Carlton’s one-man performance of John Parker and all the other characters, is accompanied by blues guitarist David Gonzalez playing blues guitar. The piece concludes with a dynamic audience talk-back.

Especially for Educators:  A free educator’s workshop will be held with David Gonzalez creator of Finding North, during the week leading up to the online performance. Educators will gain early access to the virtual show and participate in a live stream interactive guided workshop using the Finding North Study Guide. Dr. Gonzalez earned his doctorate from New York University’s School of Education and is a professional storyteller, poet, playwright, musician and a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department. For more information and to register please see the Global Arts web page.

“Finding North is a brilliant and powerful piece for all ages and races. I highly recommend it.”
Michael Griffin, Public Programs Manager National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

“I was mesmerized, I didn’t want it to end – I’ve never seen anything like it. David inspired our school to do better and make the most of our lives and assure us that all dreams are possible. The take-away from David’s performance was there is greatness in you no matter what your economic or cultural background is, you have worth and value.”
—Faye Kennebrue, Phoenix Community Learning Center. Cincinnati, OH.

Curriculum connections: American History, Multi-Cultural, Public Speaking, Reading, Self-Esteem, Character Development, Biography