A comic imagining, in the vein of Stoppard, of 18th Century rivals gathering
for the position of Leipzig's Thomaskantor.
Politics, religion, and fragile egos collide in a desperate competition
before their hopes are dashed by the history trumpeted in the title of the play.
While set in the past,
this unflinching, brutally honest play is relevant to many of the issues facing our nation to this day. —Andrew Brown, Arizona Public Media
Images and thoughts from Celia keep tapping on my shoulder unexpectedly since Friday.
—Christopher Wendel, Audience Member
Incredible, important, and heart breaking.
—Chrysta Faye, Audience Member
Friends, do something for your soul and go see Celia, A Slave,
a most-timely and remarkable production by the The Rogue Theatre,
written by our very own Barbara Seyda, a brilliant genius.
Actors are fully embodied and incredible, choreography by Barbea Williams is magic,
music by Jake Sorgen and Vicki Brown lifts the theatre,
and incredible direction and staging by Cynthia Meier brings to life the cruelty and grace of a horrific era.
A story set in 1855 Missouri could not have more relevance to every year that followed, including this one.
Art is what we need. Go see it.
—Kimi Eisele, Audience Member
Producer Andrew Brown of Arizona Public Meida has created a nine-minute video on Celia, A Slave,
with footage from two rehearsals and interviews with actors and the director.