"Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children and with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments—I submit; so let it be done!”
—John Brown's last words to the Virginia court—and sung again in the trial scene of John Brown's Truth musical—just before he was executed for "treason, and conspiring and advising with slaves and others to rebel, and murder in the first degree"
a multi-genre, musically-improvised musical by William Crossman with an extraordinary cast of classical singers and instrumentalists, dancers and spoken-word artists, using afro-caribbean/jazz/european-classical/spoken-word/dance to tell the story of abolitionist John Brown’s anti-slavery raid on Virginia 150 years ago.
Created by William Crossman; Directed by Michael Lange
Sunday, April 15, 2012; Doors 7:00 pm; Event 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 22, 2012; Doors 7:00 pm; Event 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 29, 2012; Doors 7:00 pm; Event 7:30 pm
Raymond Nat Turner• Maria Medina-Serafin• Eliza O*Malley• Lewis Jordan• Sandi Poindexter• Akinyele Sadiq• Sarita Cannon• Cheryl Schwartz• Henry Mobley• Ava Square-LeVias• Andrew Ross
Mimesis has commissioned these original posters by two renowned artists: former Black Panther Minister of Culture Emory Douglas (Malcolm X poster) and human-rights artist-activist Doug Minkler (John Brown poster).