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'Running Scared, Running Free' to Return to Stony Brook

Theatrical production opens March 14 at the Educational & Cultural Center.

A theatrical drama depicting the role that Long Island's Native Americans played in the Underground Railroad will return to the Ward Melville Heritage Organization's in March.

Originally produced in February of 2005, more than 7,000 people attended the production of Running Scared, Running Free when it first opened, according to the WMHO.

The story is told from the point of view of a woman escaping from a live of slavery in South Carolina in the 1850s. It highlights the ways in which Setauket's Native Americans, along with the Shinnecocks, Quakers and abolitionists in the region, helped slaves escape through the use of codes in quilt patterns.

"The riveting story brings to life a fascinating piece of American history," the WMHO said in a statement.

The production is also targeted at school-age audiences via its alignment with New York State Common Core Standards, discounted student tickets, and in-school performances available.

Performances begin March 14. Matinee performances will include tea and desserts from the era, including apple pie and orange pie.

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