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Sautee play 'Raft' explores a new side of Finn

POSTED: November 10, 2011 11:43 a.m.

"Splittin' the Raft" makes its regional debut this weekend at the Sautee Nacoochee Center.

The production is playwright Scott Kaiser's retelling of Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" as interpreted by Frederick Douglass. The play opens with Douglass, an ex-slave and abolitionist, as a teacher telling his students about evils of slavery. The students morph into characters from Huckleberry Finn and bring the story to life.

The Sautee performance is set for 8 p.m. Nov. 11 in the SNCA theater.

The play's characters are being portrayed by performers from Kennesaw State University's theatre and performance studies and dance departments.

Although there are only five performers in the production, they portray more than 30 different characters.

"It's moving as well as fascinating to watch these two come together over the course of their journey down the Mississippi," said Harrison Long, a Kennesaw professor and the director of the play.

The performance is open to the public. There isn't an admission fee, but donations will be accepted to help the nonprofit cultural center further develop its African-American heritage site.



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