Nat Turner in Jerusalem

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    written by Nathan Alan Davis

    Directed by José Carrasquillo


    In August 1831, Nat Turner led a slave uprising that shook the conscience of the nation. Turner's startling account of his prophecy and the insurrection was recorded and published by attorney Thomas R. Gray. Nat Turner in Jerusalem imagines Turner’s final night in a jail cell in Jerusalem, Virginia, as he is revisited by Gray and they reckon with what has passed and what the dawn will bring. Woven with vivid imagery and indelible lyricism, Nat Turner in Jerusalem examines the power of an individual's resolute convictions and their seismic reverberations through time.





    Nathan Alan Davis (Playwright) is a playwright based in New York. His other works include Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea (NNPN Rolling World Premiere; Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation) and The Wind and the Breeze (New Harmony Project Residency; Blue Ink Playwriting Award; Lorraine Hansberry Award). He is currently developing projects with The Public Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Arena Stage, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Davis is a Lecturer in Theatre at Princeton University, a Usual Suspect at NYTW and a 2016 graduate of Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program.


    José Carrasquillo (Director) is a theatre director and educator with over two decades of professional experience with nearly a hundred productions across the United States. In the DC area, recent credits include: Sotto Voce, The Body of an American, and Arthur Miller's After the Fall at Theater J, where Jose is an associate artist; Don Juan Tenorio, El Paso Blue, La señorita de Tacna, at GALA Hispanic Theatre, where Carrasquillo is a company member. Other credits include: the 50th anniversary production of Beckett's Happy Days, Medea, Blood Wedding, Metamorphosis (based on Kafka's novella), and Macbeth (profiled in American Theater Magazine’s Production Notebook) for Washington Shakespeare Company; Jesus Hopped the “A” Train, and Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown for Round House Theatre;  A Language of Their Own and Clean for Studio Theatre; Sueño, an adaptation of Calderon’s Life is a Dream for Olney Theatre; and the world premieres of The Obituary Bowl at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, The Magic Rainforest and Perdita at The Kennedy Center, and Donna Qat Signature Theatre. Locally, his productions have received numerous Helen Hayes awards and nominations. He is the recipient of a Mary Goldwater Lobby Award for best director for theThe Maids and has been nominated for the TCG Alan Schneider Director Award. As an educator, Mr. Carrasquillo has lectured and/or directed at universities and acting conservatories around the country, including University of Washington in Seattle, Juilliard School of Drama, the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts , The Theater Lab, Catholic University of America, and The University of Maryland at College Park.