Ilesa Duncan and David Barr, III
Direction: Ilesa Duncan
Lighting Design: Josh Wroblewski
Scenic Design: Elyse Balogh
Costume Design: Melissa Perkins
Sound Design: Sarah Putts
A world premiere of the stage adaptation of Charles Johnson's The Middle Passage, this story is told through Rutherford Calhoun’s 1830’s log entries, a newly freed Illinois youth seeks fortune in New Orleans. He soon stows away on an outbound rigger to escape debtors. But The Republic isn’t just any ship. It’s a slave ship and it’s headed to Africa.
Rutherford’s Travels connects to contemporary issues as the protagonist is an educated, but fatherless youth. Though seeking independence, Calhoun gets trapped in gangster life. His journey aboard a slave ship forces him to confront history and his own inner demons.