WILLIAMSBURG, VA--(Marketwire - Nov 15, 2012) - Colonial Williamsburg celebrates female empowerment and African American culture March 8-10 during "Steadfast Spirits," a weekend of programming dedicated to women's history and the arts. Internationally-recognized actor Erica Hubbard, star of BET's "Let's Stay Together," headlines the weekend with two engaging performances of "Liberty for Lydia," a new script that carefully balances emotional charge with historical accuracy and authenticity. Hubbard's participation is part of Colonial Williamsburg's Guest Artist series, a program designed to engage new audiences and bring promising new talent to perform alongside Colonial Williamsburg's own actor interpreters. The Guest Artist series launched in 2010 with appearances by Mamie Gummer ("Off the Map") and Jesse Williams ("Grey's Anatomy").
On March 9, Hubbard will portray Lydia Broadnax, an enslaved woman who worked in the home of 18th-century influencer and scholar George Wythe, with whom she shared a close and unique bond. Upon the death of his wife, Wythe freed Lydia, and she ultimately became an entrepreneur in nearby Richmond. She was also well-known by Williamsburg resident Thomas Jefferson. The story of Lydia Broadnax is the story of a woman facing, enduring and overcoming the shifting challenges of slavery and freedom in the age of the American Revolution.
A question-and-answer session with Hubbard and the rest of the cast follows each performance and features questions submitted via social media channels.
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Hubbard dedicated her life to acting at age nine. With experience on both the big and small screens, she is best recognized for her roles in Save the Last Dance, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Akeelah and the Bee, ABC Family's "Lincoln Heights," and "Everybody Hates Chris." Hubbard's childhood in Chicago inspires her extensive philanthropic work through charities and organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of America and her own Erica Hubbard Foundation, committed to helping at-risk, inner-city children suffering from low self-esteem and poverty.
Other weekend events during "Steadfast Spirits" include a performance by the Grammy award-winning African American female a capella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, a conversation about the role of poetry and storytelling in African American culture -- and more.
For information, visit www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, a center for American history, citizenship, and democracy, is a not-for-profit educational institution and cultural destination. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting the importance of an informed, active citizenship. Its mission, "that the future may learn from the past," is realized through offering innovative, imaginative, and interactive on-site experiences designed to educate guests about the importance of the American Revolution. From RevQuest: Save the Revolution a series of technology-assisted alternate reality games, to the theatrical programming of Revolutionary City®, guests can become immersed in the drama of the American Revolution and discover the ongoing relevance of the past. Guests can also visit the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, enjoy the vast number of gardens and pastures, and visit up to 35 historic sites. To experience all that the Foundation offers, stay in one of the five award-winning official Colonial Williamsburg Hotels. Then enjoy the award-winning golf courses of the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, indulge in The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, and shop in 40 stores. Savor fine dining in more than 20 locations from historic dining taverns to restaurants with contemporary fare. Colonial Williamsburg is open 365 days a year. A full schedule of programs and special events can be found by visiting colonialwilliamsburg.com