In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain immortalized not only the plight of a boy, Huck, on the run from an abusive father, but the far greater tribulation of a grown man, Jim, trying to escape an entire society that wants to keep him a slave. Shelia Payton's play Facing the Shadow transposes the central premise from antebellum Missouri to Maryland in 1859, where the Free Women of Color Literary Society of Baltimore is confronted with a critical dilemma: should they help an escaped female slave, or turn her in? If they choose the former course and get caught, they risk the loss of their own freedom; if they take the latter path they have to abandon a beloved friend. The Black Rep presents Facing the Shadow at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday (November 1 through 11) in Lee Auditorium of the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org). Tickets are $10 through $25.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 1. Continues through Nov. 11, 2012