Gamut Theatre is partnering with Sankofa African American Theatre Company to bring
Echoes of Voices of the Eighth to the Gamut stage in Harrisburg, as part of Dauphin
County’s Black History Celebration, sponsored by Capital Blue Cross.
Opening to the public on February 11, this play by Sharia Benn is a deeper exploration
of the Old Eighth Ward, where the Harrisburg Capitol Complex now sits. As a
continuation of the original show from 2019, Echoes of Voices of the Eighth is a journey
that transcends time to connect two African American teens from the same Harrisburg
Voices of the Eighth is inspired by true stories and history-makers who lived between
1850 and 1920 in the rich and vibrant Old Eighth Ward, which was torn down to make
way for the Capitol Complex we see today. During this journey from present to past and
back again, Kay and Della meet some extraordinary abolitionists, activists,
changemakers, and poets who were all instrumental in fighting for the freedom and
rights we enjoy today: and as it turns out, they all came out of Harrisburg.
This is the 5th year that Dauphin County has presented a Black History program with
Gamut and Sankofa, which provides free performances for Dauphin County schools, as
well as a two-week run for the public.
The show runs February 11-20, 2022, and features guest artists from outside Central
Pennsylvania, as well as Dauphin County talent. Shows are on Fridays and Saturdays
at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM.
Tickets to this Black History Celebration are “Pick Your Price” - Choose the tier that fits
your budget! Recommended tickets are $38, with discounted tiers of $26 or $14 each.
You can buy tickets online at gamuttheatre.org or call the Box Office at 717-238-4111 to
reserve your seats.
Why not do some shopping or have a meal at one of many black-owned businesses in the community before enjoying the show?
Visit Hershey & Harrisburg has compiled a listing of lots of wonderful options for you to consider!