One-woman show evokes women of note

Actress, singer and poet Kimberly Wilson of Westport will present her original performance piece “A Journey … A Play/A Story/A Song” at the Wilton Historical Society on Friday, Feb. 27 in a special “luncheon theater” format from noon to 2 in the Burt Barn Gallery.   

On stage, Ms. Wilson modulates her powerful contralto from a whisper to a fervent spiritual, capturing the spirits of Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, and two invented characters she calls the Slave Woman and the African Queen. While these historical reflections are the stories of black women with remarkable experiences, they could be about any woman striving to make a better life for herself, her family and her community, Ms. Wilson said.

Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery and guided many family members and friends north through the Underground Railroad to freedom. Born a slave, Sojourner Truth escaped and became an important abolitionist and women’s rights proponent. The “first lady of civil rights,” Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955, which helped launch the Civil Rights movement. Author, activist, actress  Maya Angelou, perhaps best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings , is also invoked.

“These are historical figures I’m portraying, but anybody who comes to see the show can find something in their own history,” says Ms. Wilson. “Everyone has a unique journey.”

Originally from Minneapolis, Ms. Wilson started acting at The Minneapolis Children’s Theater.  After studying at Howard University, she returned home and continued her career.  She has appeared in many productions, notably “The Great White Hope,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,” “For Colored Girls…,” “The Sunshine Boys,” “The Shadow Box,” “A-My Name is Alice,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Ragtime the Musical.” Since 2010, Kimberly has been touring “A Journey . . .” her original one-woman show. She is a member of Norwalk’s Theater Artist’s Workshop, SAG and AFTRA.

A catered lunch is included with the show. Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members.

For reservations, email or call 203-762-7257.