INSPIRATIONAL A CAPPELLA TRIBUTE

Jubilee

“Thompson] is a known showman with a gift for theatricality.”

– The Washington Post

Written and Directed by Tazewell Thompson

Jubilee is generously sponsored by:
 
Exelon   Altria   AARP    Comcast
Andrew R. Ammerman
R. Lucia RiddleDr. Donald Wallace JonesDr. Betty Jean Tolbert Jones and Tracey Tolbert Jones.

The world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers shattered racial barriers in the U.S. and abroad, entertaining kings and queens. For centuries, the bold a capella African American ensemble born on the campus of Fisk University has blended their rich voices together sharing a heritage of suffering, strength and endurance. “A known showman” with a “gift for stirring theatricality” (Washington Post), playwright and director Tazewell Thompson brings an innovative and heart-stirring score to life in this world premiere. With uplifting spirituals and hymns including “Wade in the Water,” “Ain’t That Good News,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” this a capella performance with more than three dozen songs is sure to ignite audiences.

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Illustration by Bruce Hutchinson

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Illustration by Bruce Hutchinson

Video

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Cast

SHALEAH ADKISSON

Mabel Lewis

LISA ARRINDELL

Ella Sheppard

JOY JONES

Jennie Jackson

ZONYA LOVE

Georgia Gordon

SEAN-MAURICE LYNCH

Frederick Loudin

V. SAVOY MCILWAIN

Thomas Rutling

AUNDI MARIE MOORE

Maggie Porter

SIMONE PAULWELL

America Robinson

TRAVIS PRATT

Isaac Dickerson

KATHERINE ALEXIS THOMAS

Minnie Tate

BUEKA UWEMEDIMO

Greene Evans

GREG WATKINS

Benjamin Holmes

JAYSEN WRIGHT

Edmund Watkins

Creative

TAZEWELL THOMPSON

Playwright and Director

DIANNE ADAMS MCDOWELL

Vocal Arrangements and Music Direction

DONALD EASTMAN

Set Designer

MERRILY MURRAY-WALSH

Costume Designer

ROBERT WIERZEL

Lighting Designer

FABIAN OBISPO

Sound Designer

SHAWN DUAN

Projection Designer

ANNE NESMITH

Wig Designer

RON PIRETTI

Fight Director

N. THOMAS PEDERSEN

Assistant Music Director

KURT HALL

Stage Manager

MARNE ANDERSON

Assistant Stage Manager

Program PDF

A program PDF will be added when available.

Production Script

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