NHTP 2023-2024 Season Preview

Thirst for Freedom

From Sep 22, 2023


Thirst for Freedom

by Emory Wilson

Please note these are NEW SHOWTIMES for us.
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 and Matt Recine as John Langdon, along with Jordan Raymond, Lionel Loveless, John Bolduc, Haley Devalliere, John Jenks Seymour, Richard Glenn Ward, and 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. 

"This may be a historical play but the story it tells is still relevant to our experience today. Degrading laws are still being enacted with impunity, books being banned for the sake of weaponized ignorance, and knees still crushing the civil liberties of too many.  We go backward if we do not heed the lessons of the past and that is what art, theatre, books and music provide us access to in the here and now."   Kim Starling, Director of Thirst for Freedom

In conjunction with this production, NHTP will host a film screening of Free Renty: Lanier v. Harvard on September 27 at NHTP. More info can be found here.


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