NHTP 2023-2024 Season Preview

NHTP MainStage Premier - Thirst for Freedom

September 13, 2023

2023-24 MainStage Season Premier


Thirst for Freedom

by Emory Wilson

September 22 - October 8
Fri - 7:30PM*
Sat - 4:00PM*
Sundays 2:30PM*
One Thursday Only October 5 at 7:30PM*

Artist Talkback following the September 30 performance

The story of Ona Judge will inspire and touch your heart. Enslaved by George and Martha Washington, she dares to defy her circumstances by fleeing their Philadelphia residence in search of a new life in Portsmouth, NH. Her unwavering determination, strength, and sacrifice facing incredible obstacles and dangers make for a riveting and important story. 

Thirst for Freedom is directed by Kim Starling and features performances by Seda Tuncok as Ona Judge and Matt Recine as John Langdon, along with Jordan Raymond, Lionel Loveless, John Bolduc, Haley Devalliere, John Jenks Seymour, Richard Glenn Ward, and Sandi Clark Kaddy as Dame Sally.  

Thirst for Freedom is co-produced by Jukwaa Mazoa Theatre Productions and in association with The Black Heritage Trail of NH and The Players' Ring.

In conjunction with Thirst for Freedom, NHTP will host a film screening of Free Renty: Lanier v. Harvard on September 27 at NHTP as part of our Community Connector Program. 

Free Renty: Lanier v. Harvard

Sept 27 |  7:00pm

Free Renty tells the story of Tamara Lanier, an African American woman determined to force Harvard University to cede possession of daguerreotypes of her great-great-great grandfather, an enslaved man named Renty. The daguerreotypes were commissioned in 1850 by a Harvard professor to prove the superiority of the white race. The images remain emblematic of America's failure to acknowledge the cruelty of slavery.

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