Rosie Part 1: The Great Dismal Swamp, takes place in the United States at the turn of the century during the Convict Leasing Era. At the center of the action is The Great Dismal Swamp who has witnessed the decimation of the land, water and observed the mistreatment of black bodies in the American South. When a young woman Dande comes to live in The Great Dismal Swamp their relationship is magical, musical and complicated as they seek to find healing, release trauma and find freedom for themselves together in the Reconstruction South.
Playwright and Music Director Jamara Wakefield. Stage Manager Chanel Byas. Creative Director Imani. Performance Director Nora Cole. Production Assistant Jared Hudson. Principal Actresses Nora Cole (The Swamp), Kim Yancey-Moore (The Swamp), LaVonda Elam (Dande).
About The Artist
JAMARA WAKEFIELD is a poet and playwright. Her work is cross genre combining music, poetry, theater, music and improvisation to create public performance. In 2017, her play Rosie/ The Great Dismal Swamp was shortlisted for the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women writers prize and staged at The Theatre Lab NYC. She is the new age protector of the black radical tradition. You can tweet her and follow her at @JamaraNYC.