loading

1-866-598-8449

Customer Service available Mon - Fri 9am to 9pm EST Sat & Sun 1pm to 8pm EST

Nat Turner in Jerusalem - Full Length Play, Drama

Nat Turner in Jerusalem

Nathan Alan Davis

Customer Rating: starstarstarstarstar (Rate this!)

Full Length Play, Drama

2m

ISBN: 9780573706141

"The sparse, persuasive two-hander examines America's racial history, but feels disturbingly close to the present day." - The Village Voice

More Information Below:

Description | Characters | Author | Now Playing | Reviews
$8.95
: Acting Edition
$17.95
: Large Print
$19.95
: Stage Manager

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Period, Docudrama/Historic

90 minutes

Time Period - 19th Century

Settings Of Play - A small, dark holding room in Jerusalem, Southampton County, VA. 
The evening of Nov. 10th to the morning of Nov. 11th, 1831. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

In August 1831, Nat Turner led a slave uprising that shook the conscience of the nation. Turner’s startling account of his prophecy and the insurrection was recorded and published by attorney Thomas R. Gray. Nathan Alan Davis writes a timely new play that imagines Turner’s final night in a jail cell in Jerusalem, Virginia, as he is revisited by Gray and they reckon with what has passed, and what the dawn will bring. Woven with vivid imagery and indelible lyricism, Nat Turner in Jerusalem examines the power of an individual’s resolute convictions and their seismic reverberations through time.

REVIEWS

"[T]he most interesting part of the creative exercise is not the activity inside Turner's cell, but the breadth of its implications about our relationship with history as a whole — whether 200 years past or flooding your Twitter feeds as we speak." - TheaterMania, Read More 

"But while offering a corrective to earlier interpretations of Turner’s narrative, Davis doesn’t attempt to saddle it with an equally overbearing one; he resists any singular reading, let alone an overtly political one. He prefers to let the tale remain as mysterious and open-ended as possible, and thus, in its way, more terrifying." - New York Magazine, Read More 

"The sparse, persuasive two-hander examines America's racial history, but feels disturbingly close to the present day." - The Villaige Voice, Read More 


Check out these photos of the New York Theatre Workshop production of Nat Turner in Jerusalem in September 2016.


Nat Turner in Jerusalem premiered at the New york Theatre Workshop in New York City in September 2016 under the direction of Megan Sandberg-Zakian.

Characters

CASTING

2m

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), All Male, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

NAT TURNER - (M, Black, 30s) A religious leader, author of a slave uprising and now prisoner on the eve of his execution.
THOMAS R. GRAY - (M, White, 30s): A lawyer, rhetorician and now the author of Nat’s confession.
GUARD - (M White, 30s): A jailor. Played by the actor playing Thomas Gray. 
Author

Nathan Alan Davis

Nathan Alan Davis is a playwright based in New York. His plays include Nat Turner in Jerusalem (NYTW), Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea (NNPN Rolling World Premiere; Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation) and The Wind and the Breeze (New Harmony Project Residency; Blue Ink Playwriting Award; Lorraine Hansberry Award). He is currently developing projects with The Public Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Arena Stage ... view full profile

Other Nathan Alan Davis titles:

Now Playing
Loading
Producer
City
State
Opening
Closing
Reviews

You May Also Like

See all

Customers Also Bought