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The cast features Andrew Pope (TJ) Chelsea Anderson (Izzie Mae), Isaiah Betts (Hammet), Kadijah Wingo (Mutha Wit), Laprise Johnson (Gertha), Matthew Raybeam (Nat Turner), Mike Frye (Cop, Detective, etc.), Sydney Smith (Octavia/Katie Lynn), and Wesley Allen (Ron).
Show run time is about 2 hours with intermission
Insurrection: Holding History
directed by Jeannine Gaskin
October 14 - November 5
Struggling with his graduate thesis on slavery, Ron, a gay, black student at Columbia, attends a family reunion to celebrate his great-great-grandfather T.J.’s 189th birthday. Despite the fact that T.J. can’t move, hear, or speak, T.J. (given voice by the spirit of Mutha Wit) convinces Ron to take him back to his old home in Virginia. Fracturing the space-time continuum as they go further south, they arrive on the eve of Nat Turner’s doomed 1831 uprising to see Nat Turner himself racing through the woods. Encouraged to understand his ‘past’ in order to understand his ‘present’ and the perception-altering confrontation with what it means to be ‘free’, Ron discovers that how the authenticity of history unfolds depends on the perception of the storyteller.
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What if theatre weren't a mirror reflecting the familiar, but an opening into unknown territory? What if there were no fourth wall?
What if, instead of going to the theatre to watch a play, you crossed the threshold into the world of the play to experience it?
Theatre that expands the imagination and extends the conventional boundaries of language, structure, space, and performance that challenges the conventional notions of what theatre is.
What sort of theatre would this be?