Singin Wid A Sword- West Harlem Library Series 2013

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Contact Vienna Carroll (212) 491-6617 and info@singinwidasword.com

Singin Wid A Sword In Ma Han is a musical docudrama created by actor, singer, historian, writer and citizen of Harlem USA, Vienna Carroll. A young woman tells her story of love, family and escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad, interweaving the spirituals as escape songs, and showing a surprising range of conductors.

© 2009 Dixie Sheridan

Based upon historical research, this docudrama uses actual characters, sites, and stories of the Underground Railroad from Vienna’s hometown of York, PA. We see Black activists essential to the success of the Underground Railroad and the crucial role of the Black church in Underground Railroad activity. We discover the existence of Blacks living freely in the southern states and of Maroon societies who raid plantations.

The spirituals, a vital resource about freedom stories like these given the paucity of written documentation, drive the story.

The spirituals, a vital resource about freedom stories like these given the paucity of written documentation, drive the story. Singin’ reveals the Spirituals in their natural and authentic circumstance: in the field, cabin or church, by the river, at the camp meeting, singly or in a group: as expressions of the feeling of the moment, the yearning for spiritual release, the desire for freedom, and information and warnings.

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Singin cast hard at work for for Medgar Evers show
The Singin cast on WBAI radio (click to see larger)


FringeFestNYC 2009By a wide margin
Singin Wid A Sword In
Ma Han
won the
Audience Favorite Award out of 201 shows at the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival


NYTheatre.com review
"funny, warm, touching, and engaging"
"Vienna Carroll and Ade Herbert are both gifted and charming performers"
"All the performers have beautiful, resonant voices..." "simply and effectively directed by Keith E. Johnston... skillfully lit by Peter Leonard." (9-17-09) Read entire review.

Time Out New York review
4 Stars- "Captivating Docudrama"
"The vibrant songs are both moving and catchy." "Anyone who enjoys enthusiastic church choirs and oral storytelling will be singin' along."
(9-17-09) Read entire review.

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Fringe Power Hour Variety Show Podcast with Singin Wid A Sword castThe Fringe Power Hour Variety Show interviews Vienna Carroll, Director Keith Johnston and the cast. Hear them perform and explain "The Slave Grapevine" and the untold story of how Black people freed ourselves from slavery, their creative process and much more! (8-18-09; 35 min.)


Jazzy version of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (excerpt from above interview).

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Featured at the First Annual Underground Railroad Festival on Juneteenth 2010