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News Nat Turner in Jerusalem Opens Tonight at New York Theatre Workshop
Nathan Alan Davis’ play imagines Nat Turner during the final night in his jail cell.
Phillip James Brannon in <i>Nat Turner in Jerusalem</i>
Phillip James Brannon in Nat Turner in Jerusalem Joan Marcus

The New York Theatre Workshop production of Nat Turner in Jerusalem by Nathan Alan Davis (Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea) officially opens Off-Broadway September 26. The new play is centered on Nat Turner, who led a landmark slave uprising in 1831, and imagines his final night in a jail cell in Jerusalem, VA.

Megan Sandberg-Zakian directs a cast that includes Phillip James Brannon (Bootycandy) as Nat Turner and Rowan Vickers as Thomas R. Gray. The production began previews September 7.

Billed by NYTW as a timely new play “woven with vivid imagery and indelible lyricism,“ Nat Turner in Jerusalem recalls Turner’s final hours. “In August 1831, Nat Turner led a slave uprising that shook the conscience of the nation. Turner's startling account of his prophecy and the insurrection was recorded and published by attorney Thomas R. Gray,“ state production notes. “[The play] examines the power of an individual's resolute convictions and their seismic reverberations through time.“

Nat Turner in Jerusalem features scenic design by Susan Zeeman Rogers (Thumbprint), costume design by Montana Blanco (War), lighting design by Mary Louise Geiger (The Constant Wife), sound design by Nathan Leigh (Icarus) and fight direction by Thomas Schall; Dawn Elin-Fraser (Waitress) is the dialect coach.

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(Updated September 26, 2016)

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