Middle Passage

February 14 – April 5, 2020

$25 Previews: February 14-24 (Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 8pm, Sun at 4pm)

Regular Run: Feb. 27-Apr. 5 (Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm)

Middle Passage is an epic work adapted from Charles Johnson’s celebrated book of the same name. Written for the stage by David Barr, III and Ilesa Duncan, the story follows cavalier, self-confessed rascal Rutherford Calhoun, a recently freed slave, from Illinois down to decadent 1830 New Orleans. In an attempt to escape debtors and avoid a forced marriage, he stows away on an outbound rigger, The Republic. But The Republic is not just any ship. It’s a slave ship—and it’s headed to Africa. Thus begins a voyage of self-discovery that changes our young hero forever.

Co-adaptors David Barr, III and Ilesa Duncan, Lifeline Artistic Director, revisit Johnson’s epic tale, originally mounted at Pegasus Theatre in 2016 under the title Rutherford’s Travels, to share a tale of personal growth within a dark phase of American history. Of Middle Passage, the Chicago Tribune said, “Long after we’d stopped believing in the great American novel, along comes a spellbinding adventure story that may be just that.”

Based on the novel by Charles Johnson

Adapted by David Bar, III and Ilesa Duncan

Directed by Ilesa Duncan

Special Performances:

Audio Description and Touch Tour
Saturday, February 29
   Touch tour: 2:30pm
   Performance: 4pm

Open Captioning
Sunday, March 1 at 4pm
Friday, March 27 at 7:30pm

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