Marywood University to Host Internationally Acclaimed Performance for Women’s History Month

SCRANTON, PA (February 16, 2015)—Marywood University will host the internationally renowned chamber music theatre Core Ensemble, performing Ain’t I a Woman! on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 7 p.m., in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, on the University campus.  This event is free and open to the public.

Chamber music theatre is a unique performance format developed by the Core Ensemble that features a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance. Actress Christy Hall portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano, and percussion.

Ain’t I a Woman! celebrates the life and times of four powerful African American women: renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter, and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. The musical score is drawn from the poignant spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age, and contemporary concert music by African Americans.

Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured in every region of the United States and internationally to Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine, and the British Virgin Islands. The group has received international attention as a cutting edge contributor to the arts and humanities.

For more information on the Ain’t I a Woman! performance, please contact Samantha Christiansen, Ph.D., director of women’s studies and assistant professor of history at Marywood University, at