Biddy Mason

Live Performances

Biddy Mason: A Staged Reading

Thursday, March 7, 2024, 7 p.m.

The Autry Theater

Autry Members: $5 | General Admission: $10
Reservations required.


About the Event

This 90-minute reading blends video projection, music, song, movement and dramatic storytelling to bring to life the powerful and inspiring true story of an extraordinary woman.  

In 1848, an enslaved woman in Mississippi marches on foot alongside her owner’s wagon train across the country to California, where she wins her freedom in court. With heroic determination and unearthly compassion for others, Biddy Mason works hard in Los Angeles and saves her money, transforming herself into a successful businesswoman and philanthropist. She builds schools, feeds the poor and helps launch the First AME Church, the landmark center of political and social action, earning Biddy the loving and respectful title throughout the City of Angels of “Grandma Mason.” 

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for an opportunity to visit the latest exhibitions and purchase food. Reading followed by a conversation with the creative team. 


Directed by Annie Loui

Based on a story by Dana Johnson

A Counterbalance Theater production

Produced in partnership with The Fountain Theatre and Ebony Repertory Theatre  

Supported by UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts

BIDDY MASON at the Autry Museum

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

The Autry Museum in Griffith Park

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Located northeast of downtown, across from the Los Angeles Zoo.
Map and Directions

Free parking for Autry visitors.

Tuesday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Food Trucks are available on select days, contact us for details at 323.495.4252.
The cafe is temporarily closed until further notice.