"...very sophisticated...Lydia R. Diamond goes a lot further than recounting a barbaric era." - Chicago Tribune, Read More
"Diamond's adaptation of Jacobs' 19th century prose sparkles with life." - Daily Herald, Read More
"...Diamond mobilizes her gifted pen and her powers of empathy to tell the story of one extraordinary woman." - Boston.com, Read More
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
- Time Period: American Civil War Era
- Duration: 90 minutes
Casting4m, 4f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)
GRANDMA / ENSEMBLE - Harriet's strong willed, well-liked, free grandmother.
MARY / ENSEMBLE - African American. 15. In awe of and dangerously jealous of Harriet. A house servant and field hand, and has fewer of Harriet's social and language graces. Charlotte - Slave, various ensemble roles.
TOM / ENSEMBLE - African American, 18. Handsome, strong, good natured, charismatic. He loves Harriet. Harold - Slave, various other roles.
MASTER NORCOM / ENSEMBLE - 50-65. The White Master. The town doctor, he carries himself with a confident swagger. He fancies himself a Godly, family man. (avoidcasting him as the obvious villain) Various other roles.
MRS. NORCOM / ENSEMBLE - The White Mistress. 27. A faded flower. Once beautiful and carefree, she is a victim of her environment. She is hateful toward her female slaves and wary of her husband. She has born a child a year since her marriage at 17. Slaves, various other roles.
SAMUEL TREADWELL SAWYER / ENSEMBLE - White Lawyer. 30s. From a prestigious family. He is intrigued by Harriet's intellect, and physically attracted to her. He is probably not "in love" with her.
HAROLD SKINMORE / ENSEMBLE - field slave, various other roles
BENNY - 7, Harriet's son, not necessarily required to speak.
ELLEN - 6, Harriet's daughter, not necessarily required to speak.
- Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
- Non-Traditional casting
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
Harriet Jacobs premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, IL in February of 2008 under the direction of Hallie Gordon. This play premiered as a part of the Steppenwolf for Young Adults program.