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I Know It Was The Blood: The Totally True Adventures of Newfangled Black Woman

Tara Lake

September 18-October 3

2021 Fringe Festival

1 hour 15 minutes


Franny Lou’s Porch – The GardenMap

In this award-winning, unforgettable sojourn embracing southern roots, gospel rhythms and queer identity, one family’s love conquers all. Actress, soprano, and storyteller Tara Lake takes audiences on a journey into the world of her African-American Jersey girlhood in the 1980s-1990s — steeped in family Sundays, church conventions, and extravagant reunions, weddings, and funerals. In a story of triumph tinged with bits of heartache, a scrappy girl-child navigates a changing world and finds the courage to live life on her own terms. After racking up fest wins and press in London, New York, Chicago, Washington DC and Philadelphia, this soul-rich performance of storytelling, theater, song, and poetry returns to Philly Fringe!

“(Lake) possesses an extensive vocal range and blows the roof off belting soul songs.” — Broadway World, London

“A tour de force of song, poetry, and story that traverses generations” –New York Theatre Wire

Show Awards Include:
*Artists’ Choice Award at Chicago Fringe Festival 2018
*Rochester Fringe 2018 Best Bet
*Not to Miss at Charm City Fringe
*CultureTrust of Greater Philadelphia 2019 Independent Artist Festifund Award



Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 – 7:30pm
Sunday, Sep 19, 2021 – 7:30pm
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 – 7:30pm
Sunday, Sep 26, 2021 – 7:30pm
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 – 7:30pm
Sunday, Oct 3, 2021 – 7:30pm




Written, Directed and Performed by Tara Lake


Content Considerations

Appropriate for Ages 13+

About the Artists

Tara Lake is an award-winning Philadelphia-based soprano, storyteller, playwright, actress and scholar-artist. Her award-winning solo play, “I Know It Was The Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a Newfangled Black Woman,” premiered at the Chicago Fringe Festival and won the Artists’ Choice Award there before snagging festival awards and press in New York City, London UK, Washington DC, Rochester NY, Baltimore MD and Philadelphia. As a storyteller, she has appeared on numerous stages and has been featured in a FIAT Cars USA advertising series. Tara has performed her original literary concerts featuring African American spirituals and art songs at a number of cultural institutions and college campuses. A multimedia artist, Tara received the Best of Documentary Biography award for her audio theatre infused work on Frances E.W. Harper from the Alliance for Community Media in June, 2021. Tara has been awarded grants and fellowships from organizations including the James and Sylvia Thayer Foundation, the UCLA Institute of American Cultures, the Puffin Foundation, and the Ella Fountain Pratt endowment. For more about Tara, please visit: