Naomi Wallace's Liquid Plain, About Runaway Slaves, Opens Off-Broadway Tonight

News   Naomi Wallace's Liquid Plain, About Runaway Slaves, Opens Off-Broadway Tonight Signature Theatre's New York premiere of Naomi Wallace's The Liquid Plain officially opens March 8 at 7 PM following previews that began Feb. 17 in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center.

Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, performances continue through March 29.

The cast includes Ito Aghayere as Dembi, LisaGay Hamilton as Bristol, Robert Hogan as James De Wolfe, Michael Izquierdo as Cranston, Kristolyn Lloyd as Adjua, Karl Miller as Balthazar/William Blake, Tuck Milligan as Gifford, Tara A. Nicolas as Guinea Worm, Johnny Ramey as Liverpool Joe and Lance Roberts as Nesbitt.

Kristolyn Lloyd, Ito Aghayere and Michael Izquierdo
Kristolyn Lloyd, Ito Aghayere and Michael Izquierdo Photo by Joan Marcus

"On the docks of late 18th century Rhode Island, two runaway slaves, Adjua and Dembi, plan a desperate and daring run to freedom," according to the Signature. "When a chance encounter triggers an unexpected collision of worlds, painful truths are uncovered and the brutality of past crimes spills into the next generation. Winner of the 2012 Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play, The Liquid Plain brings to life a group of people whose stories have been erased from history."

The design team includes Riccardo Hernandez (scenic design), Paul Tazewell (costume design), Thom Weaver (lighting design), Shane Rettig (sound design), Alex Koch (projection design) and UnkleDave’s Fight-House (fight direction). Cole Bonenberger is the production stage manager. Casting is by Telsey + Company, Karyn Casl, CSA.

Tickets to the initial runs of all Signature productions at The Pershing Square Signature Center are $25.

The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues. To purchase tickets for all Signature productions, call Ticket Services at (212) 244-7529 or visit signaturetheatre.org.

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