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NOV 9, 2010 – JAN 2, 2011

by Marcus Gardley
directed by Kenny Leon
featuring Phylicia Rashad

in the Kogod Cradle

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ELECTRIFYING WORLD PREMIERE

In the backwater town of Boligee, Alabama, the summer heat is rising higher, driving the townsfolk to distraction and conjuring the spirits of the past to walk the earth. Wrapped in the combustible music of a Deep South juke joint and the sweat-soaked gospel of a revivalist church tent, intergenerational stories of loss and redemption collide. Playwright Gardley blends ancient myth with magical realism, Biblical allegory with the local TV news to create a fiery theatrical furnace in which some will be saved, some will be purged and the truth cannot escape.

every tongue confess runs approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

2010 Edgerton New Play award recipient

 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

"A TOP-NOTCH CAST…"
"The depth of acting talent here is a decided bonus.
Best of all is Rashad…"The Washington Post

GARDLEY'S SCRIPT COMBINES HUMOR
WITH RAW, SEARING EMOTION
.”
“every tongue confess fuses powerful elements of storytelling and myth with a cast that elevates it beyond either genre.”
“…this is no ordinary piece of theater.”
A STELLAR CAST … luminous … Rashad delivers a mesmerizing performance.”

Washingtonian

"POWERFUL, POIGNANT PERFORMANCES."
"Rashad gives an especially moving performance…" TBD

BEAUTIFUL AND MUSICAL ... funny and ferocious.”
“High flying, poetic musicality … celebrates the rhythms and symbolism rife in rich language.”DC Theatre Scene

“SPELLBINDING
An immersive experience well worth participating in.”

“[Marcus] Gardley and director Kenny Leon
have assembled a cast of powerful performers.”

Talkin’ Broadway

American Voices

Marcus Gardley

“I grew up in the church and my father was a preacher, so gospel naturally comes out of me. But gospel, at its root, is the blues. It’s very powerful. I like music that gets to the heart of the story without too much flourish.”