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'Native Guard'

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Theater Emory
Natasha Trethewey, by poet laureate of the United States & Robert W. Woodruff, prof. of english and creative writing at Emory University; Susan Booth, dir.; Robert Schultz, casting coord.

Production Description

Casting for Brave New Works biennial festival to include "Native Guard" by Natasha Trethewey. The stage adaptation of “Native Guard” will utilize the full, published book of poems. This workshop seeks to discover effective staging and performance strategies, as well as illuminating choices regarding character voices, epigrams and notes.

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Rehearsals begin Jan. 26; project presentations between Jan. 30 & Feb. 15, 2014 in Atlanta, GA.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Pays $405/wk. min. Equity SPT Tier 6 Contract.


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Full Synopsis

Growing up in the Deep South, Natasha Trethewey was never told that in her hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi, black soldiers had played a pivotal role in the Civil War. Off the coast, on Ship Island, stood a fort that had once been a Union prison housing Confederate captives. Protecting the fort was the second regiment of the Louisiana Native Guards—one of the Union's first official black units. Trethewey's new book of poems pays homage to the soldiers who served and whose voices have echoed through her own life.

The title poem imagines the life of a former slave stationed at the fort, who is charged with writing letters home for the illiterate or invalid POWs and his fellow soldiers. Just as he becomes the guard of Ship Island's memory, so Trethewey recalls her own childhood as the daughter of a black woman and a white man. Her parents' marriage was still illegal in 1966 Mississippi. The racial legacy of the Civil War echoes through elegiac poems that honor her own mother and the forgotten history of her native South. Native Guard is haunted by the intersection of national and personal experience.—Mariner Books.

The developmental workshop seeks to adapt this Pulitzer Prize winning book of poetry for the stage, in collaboration with Ms. Trethewey and The Alliance Theatre.

Brave New Works

Brave New Works is a biennial festival of new play readings and workshops produced by the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory. The projects in-process will be rehearsed and presented over a 3-week period by a combined company of student and professional actors. Weeks of employment are certain-per project casting is subject to change, given the developmental nature of the scripts.