316 W. Main St.
$8; 7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. Sun.)
Escaped Kentucky-born slave and abolitionist Henry Bibb became the first black newspaper editor in Canada when he founded Voice of the Fugitive in 1851. His autobiographical writings provided the foundation of playwright and historian Carrider Jones’s play of the same name, making its world premiere at Actors Theatre on Friday. Bibb’s compelling life story traces his roots as a slave in Shelby and Oldham counties to his efforts as a leader in the Separatist movement in Canada.
After Friday’s show, meet the playwright, cast and director Laura Early at a reception featuring vintage letterpress demonstrations by Hound Dog Press, or stick around after the Sunday matinee for a panel discussion on slavery, Kentucky and the Underground Railroad, featuring experts specializing in antebellum and Civil War archaeology and history. —Erin Keane