A Sweeping Drama Set during the American Revolution
Playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker explores the contradictions between our founding fathers’ ideals and the realities of freedom in America. Christian, a Quaker pacifist, defies his family to fight in the American Revolution. Susannah, an enslaved woman, is tempted to fight for the British when they promise her liberty. On their travels, Christian and Susannah cross paths with Thomas Jefferson, George Mason and Sally Hemings. These encounters force them to confront the compromises America makes after the promise of equality. Wertenbaker takes us from Revolutionary battlefields to Paris to Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello. Nataki Garrett (Woolly Mammoth’s “An Octoroon”) directs this American premiere. Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.
Michael Kevin Darnall
"An ensemble-driven epic! Wertenbaker has woven a sizable tapestry, and it gains aura being framed at Ford’s. Fascination is partly due to Michael Halling’s subtle, intriguingly contradictory performance as Jefferson."– The Washington Post
"Outstanding cast! Insightful and powerful! Packed with pearls of historical insight. Now is a perfect opportunity to catch a remarkable American premiere, part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, in the perfect historical setting at the Ford’s Theatre."– DC Theatre Scene
"Intriguing! Fascinating! Felicia Curry plays the role [of Susannah] with great passion and determination. It is her character who best articulates what constitutes freedom."– Broadway World
"A sweeping study of America’s battle for independence. It’s an exciting, provocative play … a stirring show about differing definitions of freedom and the nature of America."– The Guardian
"A complex portrait of Thomas Jefferson and the men he both inspires and enslaves with his words."– DC Metro Theatre Arts