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Insurrection: Holding History
a dramatic fantasy by Robert O’Hara
Department of Theatre & Drama
Directed by Timothy Douglas
General Admission by Floor $28 • Students $12 w/ID
Struggling with his graduate thesis on slavery, Ron, a gay, black student at Columbia, attends a family reunion to celebrate his great-great-grandfather T.J.’s 189th birthday. Despite the fact that he can’t move, hear, or speak, T.J. (given voice by the spirit of his mother, Mutha Wit) convinces Ron to take him back to his old home in Virginia. Fracturing the space-time continuum as they go further south, they arrive on the eve of Nat Turner’s doomed 1831 uprising. Encouraged to understand his past in order to understand his current freedoms, Ron discovers that the history passed on depends on the storyteller.
Winner of the Oppenheimer Award for Best New American Play in 2012, Insurrection: Holding History is the debut work by multi award-winning playwright and director Robert O’Hara. Written during his artist-in-residency at the NY Public Theater, the play garnered immediate acclaim for the burgeoning playwright. The San Francisco Examiner called it “One seriously hilarious and hilariously serious play...remarkably exciting, deeply provocative, [and] comically profound.” Wonderfully witty with time-bending fantastical turns, Insurrection: Holding History is a wild, thrilling ride into the past.
This play contains depictions of violence, cruelty, and strong language that may prove offensive to some. Recommended for mature audiences.