Special Show Info
Special Theatre Info
Premiering at Lincoln Center in 2005, Dessa Rose and tells the story of a runaway slave, Dessa Rose (Shaunte Tabb) and the deserted wife, Ruth (Abby Carlson) of a plantation owner, Bertie (Mikhail Roberts) who form a grudging alliance in their struggle to find their own individual freedoms in the Antebellum South in the 1840s. Nehemiah (Matt Mancuso), working for his fiance, Susannah's (Margaret Berkowitz) father's newspaper, intends to write the story about the runaway slave who led a slave rebellion with her friends Nathan (Mykell Barlow), Harker (Ken Maurice Purnell) and Annabel (Ambrey Benson) as they try to make their way to the North to freedom. Dessa Rose also stars Claire Buchignani as Ruth's overbearing mother, Bradley Alan Turner as Kaine, Dessa Rose's love interest, Zach Campa as Mr. Oscar, the owner of Dessa Rose, and Kymberly Stewart as Dorcas, the slave woman who raised Ruth. Understudies are Maya Sh'Von (Dessa Rose), Jessica Jacobs (Ruth), Allen Barstow (Nehemiah), and Christopher T. Wood (Nathan).