Underground Railroad

Who knew that Wyandotte County was once a beacon of freedom from human bondage? The tiny town of Quindaro, founded in 1856 and since absorbed into Kansas City, Kansas, was a rare midcentury utopian vision. Here, American Indians and white Abolitionists worked together to help runaway slaves cross the swirling eddies of the Missouri River and escape subjugation. Now the UMKC theater program is staging an original play about this fleeting example of cultural accord. Beginning tonight, you can see Quindaro on the H&R Block City Stage at Union Station (30 West Pershing). In addition to the historical plot, the play will feature the performance of nationally known actor Bill Cobbs, who starred in That Thing You Do! and the seminal Air Bud, among other films.Quindaro runs through February 24; ticket prices range from $6 to $18. For showtimes and more information, see umkc.edu or call 816-235-6222.

Wed., Feb. 13, 2008