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)

Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed Illinois slave eking out a living in 1830 New Orleans, stows away aboard The Republic, an outbound rigger, to evade debtors enforcing marriage. But his clever escape backfires as the clipper turns out to be a slave ship bound for Africa. Calhoun must choose between a fanatical captain, a mutinous crew, and the Africans seeking escape. Building on a tradition of African American storytelling, this tale challenges perceptions of American identity using a Black aesthetic. We are at a critical historical moment in which issues such as racism, classism, poverty, and the meaning of freedom impact us all.

Co-adaptors Ilesa Duncan and David Barr III, 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 Ilesa Duncan & David Barr III

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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