BY: Nikkole Salter
THE STORY: Prince George's County, MD, 1859. Hannah, a rela-
tively contented enslaved woman, has her world rocked when
her master dies and she, for the first time, is separated from
her family, new husband, and baby. But, just as she begins to
lose all hope to ever see her husband and child again, the
seceded south falls to the Union, slavery is abolished with the 13th Amendment, and Hannah has the opportunity to put her family back together...if she can find them.
TORN ASUNDER dramatizes true stories of newly emancipated African Americans trying to overcome the ever-present vestiges of chattel slavery to reconnect with their families. Based on the research of Dr. Heather Andrea Williams in her book HELP ME TO FIND MY PEOPLE. (Commissioned by Dr. Heather Andrea Williams and Kathy A. Perkins)
TORN ASUNDER was presented in workshop production at the University of North Carolina, Winston Salem's "Telling Our Stories of Home" Festival, March 31-April 8, 2016 in conjunction with the Institue for Arts and the Humanities' Process Series.
TORN ASUNDER received its world premiere at the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre April 13 - 29, 2018, directed by Ron Himes. For more on that production, see here. The Luna Stage production was directed by Lisa Rosetta Strum, with Antu Yacob as the assistant director.
NY Times Sunday Book Review - HELP ME TO FIND MY PEOPLE
US National Archive Interview - PROF. HEATHER ANDREA WILLIAMS
Starring Kara Green, David Roberts, Steven Makropoulos, Brittany Davis, Mark Hofmaier, LeVane Harrington
LINKS TO PRESS & REVIEWS from the Luna Stage Production
IN THE CONTINUUM
LINES IN THE DUST
REPAIRING A NATION