May 31 — June 25


by Suzan-Lori Parks

West Texas, 1862. “Hero” is promised his freedom from slavery in exchange for his service in the Civil War—on the Confederate side. He leaves behind his community, his father, and the woman he loves for what may be an empty promise; what he finds on the front lines might make it impossible for him to return home the same man. Featuring live music, this three-act play has been hailed as a “masterpiece” (New York Magazine) and “the finest work yet” by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (New York Times).

Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton

Featuring Sam Malone, Robert Diago DoQui, Idella Johnson, John Ray Proctor, Martin Bradford, LaKesha Glover, Harold X. Evans, Zeb Hollins III, Todd d’Amour and Greg Baber

Presented at Loyola University, Marquette Theatre. Southern Rep Theatre is in residence at the Loyola University Department of Theatre Arts & Dance. Free parking in the West Road garage.

Preview Performances
Wednesday, May 31 – Friday, June 2, 2017 8:00 PM

Regular Performances
June 3 – 25, 2017
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Sundays at 3:00 PM

Running time is approximately three hours with two intermissions.

Special Events
Wednesday, May 31 – Friday, June 2: Preview Performances ($25)
Thursday, June 1: Special Post-Performance Talkback with members of Free Southern Theater, Dashiki Project Theatre, and Amistad Research Center
Friday, June 2: Community Partner Night! Use promocode GROWDAT and $5 of your ticket benefits our friends at Grow Dat!
Monday, June 5: Opening Night – Reception to Follow!
Thursday, June 8: Pay What You Can Night – At the door only, starting one hour before curtain (tickets reserved in advance are full price)

Supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council New Orleans.

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Lagniappe Stage – free and open to the public
The Lagniappe Stage Performance Series takes place outdoors immediately prior to Friday night performances and includes local musicians and performers in a free ‘show before the show.’
Fridays, 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Friday, June 2: Jazz vocalist & storyteller Mikhala Wolsgaard-Iversen [RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 9TH DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER]
Friday, June 9: Dance & Poetry by Keah Moffett + Jazz vocalist & storyteller Mikhala W. Iversen
Friday, June 16: Spoken Word Artists Michael “Quess” Moore, Shelton “Shakespear” Alexander, Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa
Friday, June 23: DC Paul, Cameron Mitchell-Ware, Spirit & Sparrow LEARN MORE

Table Talks – free and open to the public

Saturday night panel discussions offer critical engagement with the themes and history of the play.

Saturday, June 3, 7:00 – 7:30 PM
What does it mean to be Black? What does it mean to be a Woman? What does it mean to be a Writer? A conversation among artists navigating the intersections of Black/Woman/Writer.

Saturday, June 10, 7:00 – 7:30 PM
Black Soldiers and the Civil War
Black soldiers fought and died in the Civil War — on both the Union and Confederate sides. What did they contribute and what did it mean to be Black in the war to end American slavery?

Saturday, June 17, 7:00 – 7:30 PM
Black Bodies Matter, Then and Now
A discussion of the relationship between U.S. policy and the treatment of Black bodies

Saturday, June 24, 7:00 – 7:30 PM
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Theatre
An examination of the state of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the contemporary American and local theatre landscapes.

Sunday afternoon actor talkbacks open the floor to the audience to ask questions directly of performers.
(Immediately following matinee performances on June 4, 11, 18 – no talkback June 25)

Play Dates
Through the Play Date initiative, Southern Rep Theatre will work with Bayou Road businesses and other partners, including Amistad Research Center, to engage deeply with the community through free collaborative art-making events.

Saturday, April 22, 12:00 PM
What does freedom look like?
A collaborative art-making session for children of all ages, featuring readings about emancipation by the Southern Rep Theatre Acting Company and facilitated discussion for parents.
Community Book Center
2523 Bayou Rd.
New Orleans, LA 70119

Saturday, May 20, 6:00 PM (doors at 5:30)
What does freedom sound like?
What role has music played in the struggle for freedom? A participatory music workshop that invites all community members to join in making music, regardless of skill level or experience. No instrument required!
Junk Masters
2563 Bayou Rd.
New Orleans, LA 70119

Thursday, June 1
Amistad Research Center Reception
Amistad Research Center hosts a private reception honoring the legacy of Free Southern Theater & Dashiki Project Theatre. Moderated talk-back follows the performance!
Amistad Research Center
Tulane University
6823 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118

Saturday, June 3 (12:30 – 2:30)
How do you know when you are free?
We head to Le Musée de F.P.C. to learn the rich and varied history of Free People of Color in New Orleans, including Andre Cailloux and Henriette Delille. Guided tour (12:45) and community art-making exercise (1:30)!
Le Musée de F.P.C
2336 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119

Saturday, June 17, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Juneteenth Celebration
Commemorate Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day), the anniversary of the day enslaved people in some states finally learned that they were free, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.
6363 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

All details subject to change, including cast, venue, and performance schedule.