by Idris Goodwin
Nov. 4 - Dec. 12, 2015
"Beautiful from the first moment."
- Buzz on Stage
“Kaiser Zaki Ahmed directs a nine-member ensemble adept at imposing colloquial rhythms upon dialogue that could quickly grow stilted and textbookish.”
-- Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times
-- Chicago Stage Standard
"A fantastic idea for a play...a laudably ambitious historical drama from Jackalope"
-- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
"White Hot...In the sinister shifting staging of Kaiser Zaki Ahmed, Goodwin’s eloquence, both in capturing the voices of these movers and shakers and illustrating the variety of paths America might have chosen in that laminar time, and Ahmed’s capturing of the violence the chosen course lead to.”
- Chicago Theatre Review
Unlike other prominent abolitionists, John Brown is convinced only bloodshed will dismantle American Slavery. After fighting alongside his sons in Kansas, Brown plots to make real his vision: To free and arm black slaves across the south. With Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman conflicted, Brown heads to Harpers Ferry. A tragedy of dissenting heroes, The Raid investigates the line between civic disobedience and civic duty, ultimately asking whether or not there’s such a thing as justifiable violence.
Featuring: Ron Wells, Warren Feagins, Daniel Desmarais, Jared Bellot, Toya Turner, Tracy Garrison, Anthony Conway, Alex Hand, and Scot West
Ashley Woods (Scenic), Sarah Jo White (Costume), Claire Sangster (Lighting), Corinne Bass (Prop), David Woolley (Violence), Cody Spellman (Dramaturg)
Photos by Joel Maisonet