When the sun rises, Nat Turner will face execution for leading the slave rebellion in Southampton, Virginia, August of 1831. Ready to crossover, Turner reckons his life with Attorney Thomas Gray, who seeks to journal Turner’s account of the insurrection and if there will be more attacks. Davis’ play is based on the true interactions of Thomas Gray and Turner prior to his execution. This examination of America’s history with race reveals a disturbing resemblance to our present day.
Nat Turner in Jerusalem originally premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop in New York City in September 2016 under the direction of Megan Sandberg-Zakian. New York Magazine, in reviewing the play and playwright, says, “But while offering a corrective to earlier interpretations of Turner’s narrative, Davis doesn’t attempt to saddle it with an equally overbearing one; he resists any singular reading, let alone an overtly political one. He prefers to let the tale remain as mysterious and open-ended as possible, and thus, in its way, more terrifying.
Six performances of Nat Turner in Jerusalem will be available for streaming via www.showtix4u.com. To purchase a streaming ticket, patrons may visit their website, as well the theatre’s website, www.playhouseonthesquare.org.