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Stage Left Theatre has announced the cast and creative team for the Chicago premiere of INSURRECTION: Holding History by Robert O’Hara.
Directed by Wardell Julius Clark, the production features Stage Left Ensemble Member David Lawrence Hamilton (Ova Sea Jones/Nat Turner), as well as Breon Arzell (Ron), Ian Martin (TJ), Shariba Rivers (Mutha/Mutha Wit), Sydney Charles (Gertha/Mistress Mo’tel/Clerk Wife), Anna Dauzvardis (Octavia/Katie Lynn), Nathaniel Andrew (Hammet), Sam Boeck (Reporter/Cop/Buck Naked), and Ayanna Bria Bakari (Izzie Mae/Clerk Son).
The production staff includes Stage Left Ensemble Members Kathy Arfken (Scenic Design) and Kanomé Jones (Assistant Director), as well as Kaili Story (Lighting Design), Uriel Gomez (Costume Design), Matthew Bonham Lockdall (Sound Design), Ardarius Blakely (Technical Director), Breon Arzell (Movement Consultant), Brian Plocharczyk (Violence Design), and Jared Bellot (Dramaturg).
From the press release: Ron, a young, gay African-American graduate student, trying to complete his thesis on Nat Turner’s slave rebellion, is feeling lost in his life and alienated from his family. When his 189-year-old great, great grandfather TJ takes him back in time to meet Turner in the flesh, both men find answers they never expected. The play deals with themes of racial identity and sexuality, as Ron comes to face his ancestors’ history, and his own personal identity.
INSURRECTION runs January 5th – February 11th, 2018. For more information visit stagelefttheatre.com.