Wednesday, September 29, 2010

WHAT PRICE FREEDOM? A One-Man Play about Prosser's GABRIEL, Joseph Bryan Park, Oct. 1, 8, and 15, 2010.

Joseph Bryan Park Centennial Celebration
A One-Man Play about
Prosser's GABRIEL
free performances
in Joseph Bryan Park

Fridays, Oct 1st, 8th & 15th, 6:30pm

In the late 1700s, Gabriel was a slave in Henrico County. During the summer of 1800, he and other leaders planned a slave uprising in Bryan Park, which was to capture Governor James Monroe, the City arsenal, and burn Rocketts Landing. Their plans were foiled by a rainstorm and untimely delay.

Later that Fall, Gabriel was captured and imprisoned. This monologue, written by Derome Scott-Smith, founder of Richmond’s African American Repertory Theater, recreates Gabriel's last days, meditates on his desire for freedom, his indignation at the injustice of slavery, the planning of his bold rebellion, and his thoughts about his impending execution.

Richmond actor Timothy L Harris (BigManBigVoice) brings Gabriel to life .

Performances will be outdoors beside the tennis courts near Picnic Shelter #1. Signs in the Park will direct visitors to parking. The public is advised to bring a blanket or chair to sit on. In case of inclement weather, performances will be postponed.

For more information, call 646-5733 or visit:
These Productions generously supported by the
County of Henrico Board of Supervisors and the City of Richmond City Council.
Special thanks to Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton,
City Councilman Chris Hilbert (3rd District) and
City Councilman Marty Jewell (5th District)

Resources on Slavery in Richmond, Virginia

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Ray, for posting info about the Gabriel Performances ...
I'm sending, by email, photos of Timothy L Harris (Gabriel) and Derome Scott Smith (playwright) with Henrico Supervisor Frank Thornton and his wife Betty.

Love all the history, information and insights in TSE !
Keep Third Eye Open
best, JJZ
Friends of Bryan Park