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Finding North

February 14, 2021 | 12:00

Streaming Feb. 1 - Feb. 14, 2021

RainArt Productions presents
Finding North
featuring Daniel Carlton and David Gonzalez

Finding North brings to life the powerful stories of the strivings, sacrifices and dreams of John P. Parker, a former enslaved man who helped fugitive enslaved people escape through the Underground Railroad in southern Ohio. Drawn from historical research, Parker’s tale is woven together with verbatim interviews and oral histories from contemporary community members who tell their stories of searching for haven in modern-day America. A timely and provocative contribution to the national conversation about prejudice, privilege, and human rights, the play is both an exploration and celebration of the continuing quest for justice and freedom in America.

Curriculum Connections

  • Fine Arts: Storytelling, Blues Music, Theater

  • Language Arts: Oral History, Memoir, 

  • History: African American History, Underground Railroad, Contemporary American Immigrant Narratives, European History

  • Emotional/Social Development: Self Awareness, Social Awareness, Self Management, Relationship Skills, Compassion, Empathy

Originally written by David Gonzalez and commissioned by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park to celebrate the opening of Cincinnati's Underground Railroad Freedom Center, FINDING NORTH is being revisited and updated through the collaboration of David Gonzalez with performer/director Daniel Carlton. Carlton will captivate the audience with his one-man performance of John Parker and all the other characters, while accompanied by Gonzalez playing blues guitar. The piece concludes with a dynamic audience talk-back.

Supplemental Downloads for Parents & Educators: 
Study Guide 
Chapter Guide 
Recommended for students in grades 5+.

This event is being offered free of charge, however, preregistration is required. Although our offices remain closed, our staff is working remotely. We are here to assist with any login questions/issues. Please email your questions to with the Subject Line: Finding North and a staff member will assist you during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm).


  • FREE Virtual Performance: $0


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