“Confessions of the Slave Nat Turner” chronicles the trial and sentencing of Nat Turner. Nat Turner was the slave responsible for the first rebellion against white slaveholders that took place August 21-23, 1831. Based on the court record of the trial and his confession taken by Thomas Gray while Turner was jailed, the play details Turner’s inspiration, planning, and harrowing story in his quest for freedom. Slave Songs from the era are incorporated into the narrative. The play will be a World Premiere and stars Steven Singleton II as Nat Turner, Willetta Marie Davis as the Spirit Woman, with voice over performances by Mike Hathaway as Mr. Gray, and Richard S. Blake as The Magistrate.
The play was created and conceived by Mark-Brian Sonna who directs the play and serves as music director along with his assistant Sarah Nichole Thompson. After each performance there will be a discussion and Q & A with cast and crew for any audience members who wish to participate.