In an innovative move, the creators and executive producers of Truth the musical are staging its world premiere here in DC with a three night run (Feb 26 – 28, 2015) at THEARC Theater in Anacostia and live streaming it worldwide for free Friday night, Feb 27th at 7:30pm.
TRUTH is inspired by the life and words of Sojourner Truth – an African/American woman born into slavery, who escaped into freedom with her infant daughter to become an abolitionist and women’s rights activist, and went to court to recover her son, winning the first case against a white man. Her best? known extemporizing speech on gender inequalities, “Ain’t I a Woman?” was delivered in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Convention in Ohio.
Tune in for the live broadcast of Truth the Musical: Friday, February 27th at 7:30pm, www.truththemusical.com
Running time: Approximately 1:15
“We have been developing TRUTH for quite some time and we are honored and grateful to be here in the nation’s capital, where Sojourner Truth lived and worked” said Keni Fine, who wrote the book and co-wrote the music with Tony Small.
Selected songs from the show were presented at the United Nations during the 60th Anniversary Celebration of the Declaration of Universal Human Rights, for a special program on women in human rights.
Cast member Harv Lester alerted us to the event this morning. “It’s really a fabulous production” he told us. “The producers have made a major investment in it, and it looks and sounds great.”
The full cast includes Olivier Award nominee April Nixon as Sojourner Truth, Thaddeus McCants of TV’s Boardwalk Empire as Peter Williams, Ashley Ware Jenkins as Mama Isabella, Thomasina Nelson as Aunty Bee, Nia Simon Smith as Mau?Mau Bett/Millie, Drew Tillman as Young Isabella, Beth Amann as Mrs. Dumont, Brandon Mack as Fiddlesticks, DeCarlo Raspberry as Trunk, Roy Patten Jr as Sydney, Nurney as Zipper, Will Hawkins as Master Charles/Rev Bullworthy, and Harv Lester Master Dumont/Mayor Hightower.
Presented by THEARC Theater and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington as a part of Black History Month, executive producer Brooke Ciardelli told us there have already been a number of conversations for the further development of TRUTH.