Brother Nat: Rise Revolt Redemption
A sung-through musical/opera
The spirit of resistance is one that Jones and the Asims hope viewers carry with them when leaving the theater. Rebellion is a layered process and even the smallest acts can have the most transformative changes. “We want people to be reflective of history and what the possibilities are for our future.”
An amalgamation of musical and opera, “Brother Nat: Rise. Revolt. Redemption.” tells the story of Nat Turner, the enslaved man who led a revolt in Southampton County, Virginia, in 1831 that killed more than 60 white slave-owners. Reimaged for the stage, the production strives to depict how Turner’s revolt was not a tragedy but the beginning of a rebellion that would change the country.
Brother Nat was directed by Liana E. Asim, with book/lyrics by Jabari Asim and Liana Asim, music by Allyssa Jones, and orchestrations/musical direction by Damien L Sneed. Tenor, Duane Adolph Moody, starred as Brother Nat.
The production debuted as a concert performance on Thursday, October 25th, 2018.