Lucy Thurber's The Insurgents to See New York Premiere Via Labyrinth Theater Company
Jackson Gay directs the drama, which weaves together characters including Harriet Tubman and Timothy McVeigh.
The Insurgents, a new play by Lucy Thurber, will have its New York premiere in Labyrinth Theater Company production at the Bank Street Theatre. The drama, directed by Jackson Gay, runs February 5-March 8, with opening night set for February 23.
Thurber's play is described as following "Sally Wright, an American wanderer, who returns to her dead-end rural northeast town after losing her athletic scholarship. At home, she's forced to face her beer guzzling father, wayward brother and the dearth of hope in her impoverished town. Sally soon starts carrying her shotgun wherever she goes and buries herself in books about Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, John Brown and Timothy McVeigh. She begins escaping into an interior world where their spirits talk to her, telling stories of their resistance to injustice. Yet even as she immerses herself in the lives of insurgents and clutches her shotgun to her chest, the bleak oppression of a life without opportunity threatens to poison her spirit."
Full casting and creative team information will be announced in the coming weeks. Thurber is the author of the plays Scarcity, Killers and Other Family, and Ashville, among others. Five of her works, including those three dramas, were produced as part of the cycle The Hilltown Plays.
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