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Sally & Tom

A groundbreaking world premiere

Playwright Luce has sky-high hopes for her latest script, which examines the complex relationship between Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson. To catch the attention of more notable producers, Luce recruits her longtime collaborator (and lover) Mike to direct, and then casts herself and Mike in the lead roles. Their creative visions align at first, but things unravel quickly as they find themselves at odds and deeply entangled in Sally and Tom’s story. Acclaimed playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks cleverly scrutinizes the realities of American history, past and present, through the lens of American theater.


Three things to know

  • Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the most acclaimed playwrights in American theater today. Named among Time magazine’s 100 Innovators for the Next Wave, she is the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, she is a MacArthur Genius Award recipient and she was awarded the prestigious Gish Prize for excellence in the arts.
  • A revival of Parks’ award-winning masterpiece Topdog/Underdog is slated to open on Broadway in October 2022. Her new work Plays for the Plague Year will receive its world premiere at The Public Theater in New York City this fall.
  • The play-within-a-play structure invites theatermakers to interrogate the playmaking process, including how and why certain plays get made, chosen, invested in and uplifted.

Themes

  • In this play, a romantic couple, who are also theater artists, decide to create a play about Sally Hemings and her enslaver Thomas Jefferson. The experience becomes more challenging than they expected. What do you imagine is the reason they use theater to process this historical situation? What do you imagine might be challenging about their approach?
Contains profanity, racial slurs, sexual/suggestive content, the use of prop cigarettes and references to enslaved people, Asperger’s Syndrome, rape and suicide. Children should be 14 years of age or older to attend this performance.

Sunday, October 02 2022 at 7:00 pm

Tuesday, October 04 2022 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, October 16 2022 at 1:00 pm

In partnership with

Guthrie Theater

Transportation

If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

Childcare is available for those under the age of 14. Please let us know if you need childcare when you make your reservation.

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Sally & Tom

Sunday, October 02 2022 at 7:00 pm

In partnership with

Guthrie Theater

Transportation

If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

Childcare is available for those under the age of 14. Please let us know if you need childcare when you make your reservation.

A groundbreaking world premiere

Playwright Luce has sky-high hopes for her latest script, which examines the complex relationship between Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson. To catch the attention of more notable producers, Luce recruits her longtime collaborator (and lover) Mike to direct, and then casts herself and Mike in the lead roles. Their creative visions align at first, but things unravel quickly as they find themselves at odds and deeply entangled in Sally and Tom’s story. Acclaimed playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks cleverly scrutinizes the realities of American history, past and present, through the lens of American theater.


Three things to know

  • Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the most acclaimed playwrights in American theater today. Named among Time magazine’s 100 Innovators for the Next Wave, she is the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, she is a MacArthur Genius Award recipient and she was awarded the prestigious Gish Prize for excellence in the arts.
  • A revival of Parks’ award-winning masterpiece Topdog/Underdog is slated to open on Broadway in October 2022. Her new work Plays for the Plague Year will receive its world premiere at The Public Theater in New York City this fall.
  • The play-within-a-play structure invites theatermakers to interrogate the playmaking process, including how and why certain plays get made, chosen, invested in and uplifted.

Themes

  • In this play, a romantic couple, who are also theater artists, decide to create a play about Sally Hemings and her enslaver Thomas Jefferson. The experience becomes more challenging than they expected. What do you imagine is the reason they use theater to process this historical situation? What do you imagine might be challenging about their approach?
Contains profanity, racial slurs, sexual/suggestive content, the use of prop cigarettes and references to enslaved people, Asperger’s Syndrome, rape and suicide. Children should be 14 years of age or older to attend this performance.

Additional Information

A word from playwright Suzan-Lori Parks

“I’m embracing two institutions I hold dear — America and theater — and putting them together in an incisive and joyous atomic super-collider. We come to know the ways in which Sally Hemings and her other Black family members navigated the harsh truths of 1790 as well as the ways we are still navigating some of those truths today. We also come to understand how the white Jefferson family embraced some of the less-than-noble truths on which the founding fathers built America.”

Learn some of this real life history about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: