Award-winning and critically acclaimed, Harriet's Return: Based Upon The Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman is a full theatrical production that takes audiences on a deeply personal, high energy journey into the private and public life of this famed Underground Railroad conductor, spiritual icon, revolutionary, and entrepreneur, whose life spanned nine decades and still influences the consciousness of people throughout the world.
...Karen, you are magnificent, the best. The performance…the story…the energy… the truth…all flawless. We were so honored to be there." Pauline Copes-Johnson (Harriet Tubman's Great-Grandniece)
Recent reviews, NY Off-Broadway production New Federal Theatre/Castillo Theatre Feb 8 - March 4
...I saw a one-woman show at the Lensic that was so remarkable that the full house of over 800 people was on its feet and cheering and crying at the end-with no question...the story is amazing, and Meadows' performance is even more amazing..." Jim Terr, KUNM Public Radio
"Karen Jones Meadows one-woman performance of "Harriet's Return" is the most stunning riveting theatrical production I have witnessed on either stage or screen in my entire 70 years...we all at once leapt to our feet in rousing shouts of praise and gratitude. Without question, this will remain for me the most memorable theatrical experience of my lifetime..." Charles Davidson, minister and psychotherapist, Black Mountain, NC
"It was amazing...30 characters in the play, but only one woman on stage...In a stunning performance playwright and actor Karen Jones Meadows takes her audience through every emotion from humor to heartache and ultimately...humility." Cristina Kessler, Virgin Islands Daily News
"It's an inspiring piece on any day...Meadows is a marvel, wonderful to look at and riveting to hear. In the space of moments, Meadows turns from cruel overseer to an older mother to a winsome child. Her depiction of life under slavery shows us cruelty, as expected, but also humor and love among the quarters. Her Harriet has courage, energy and natural exuberance." Gwen Orel, Barisanet
Celebrating in New York City after the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Event, "Revolutionary Healing...Full Spectrum Healing with Heart" with Dr. Tanya Jones, Sheila and Marcus Gillette, Ike and Esra Banguoğlu Ogut, Cyrene Houdini, Ike Aykut Ogut and Dr. Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas. Everyone was amazing. I did an excerpt from Harriet’s Return
HARRIET'S RETURN: BASED UPON THE LEGENDARY LIFE OF HARRIET TUBMAN has an unexpected opening and unique enthralling style that keeps audiences not only engaged, but involved as they live Harriet Tubman's experiences from childhood into her afterlife. Harriet's Return leaves people of all ages and cultures empowered and cheering in the aisles. Jake Walker's direction infuses Harriet's Return with beauty and a gamut of emotions.
Sometimes, an Ancestral Celebration Party with special audience participation follows the performance.
Harriet's Return is an event of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.
I was asked a surprise question during an interview with Great News Video while touring (28 performances) in HARRIET’S RETURN at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival
"Karen Jones Meadows' performance of Harriet's Return is an electrifying and emotional experience that lingers long after the theater closes. At times it is impossible to keep the tears from flowing as "Harriet's" pain pierces your heart. At others, it is impossible to stifle the laughter. I will never forget this performance and I don't think anyone else will either. Mahalo, Ms. Jones Meadows, for bringing Harriet Tubman to life, lest we forget." Judge Sandra Simms, Honolulu, Hawaii
"Ms. Jones Meadows, I've just returned from the performance and have to e-mail you and say, I feel drained, exhilarated, inspired, entertained, angry, sad, proud, and introspective all at the same time. Applause, applause, applause for telling our stories with such adroitness, and keeping the legacy of Harriet alive." Lynette Laveau Saxe, Producer, The Callaloo Express