“The Reclamation of Madison Hemings” at IRT

This spring, the Indiana Repertory Theatre will share with audiences the world premiere of The Reclamation of Madison Hemings written by Charles Smith. A story steeped in the struggle of historical representation, the play gives voice to untold narratives hidden by the racial power dynamics of slavery. This season’s first production of the INclusion Series, which celebrates diverse storytelling, will be live on the OneAmerica Mainstage from March 23 through April 16, and available for streaming online April 11 – 24.

About the show

The Reclamation of Madison Hemings takes place shortly after the Civil War has ended and follows Madison Hemings, the son of enslaved woman Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson, as he returns to Monticello with formerly enslaved footman, Israel Jefferson. Now in ruins, Monticello brings up the haunting, complicated, and conflicting perspectives and memories from the two men: one struggling with anger and resentment toward his biological father and mother, and one whose memories lean more toward the recollection of the warmth and belonging of family, even in the time of bondage.

The influence of the past, the need to tell stories from different perspectives, and the drive to honor our ancestors helped inspire Charles Smith to write this compelling play, in which he works to shed light on individuals who have largely disappeared from history–in this case the history of Monticello.

Directed by Ron OJ Parson, this gripping world premiere about the past, identity, and hard truths will star long-time IRT actor David Alan Anderson as Israel Jefferson and Brian Anthony Wilson as Madison Hemings. There will be multiple post-show discussions throughout the run to help enhance the reflection and conversation about this important piece of theatre and the supporting history.

Tickets and information

In-person and virtual tickets are on sale now and start at $25. For information regarding ticketing, the full creative team, special performances, and related materials, visit IRTlive.com.

WHERE: Indiana Repertory Theatre140 W. Washington Street, OneAmerica Mainstage. Streaming online via irtlivevirtual.com.

RUN DATES: Live in-person March 23 – April 16, 2022, various times Streaming April 11 – 24, 2022.   

The Reclamation of Madison Hemings is approximately 2 hours, including a 15-minute intermission. Tickets and performance schedule are available at IRTlive.com.

TICKETS: Tickets for live performances start at $25. Virtual tickets are $30.



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