by Gabrielle Fulton

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About the Play

Set in the aftermath of John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry, Uprising explores self-determination and sacrifice through the lens of a free black community during Secession Era America. When Sal discovers Ossie, a hypnotic revolutionary hiding in the field, her life is turned upside down by her strong attraction to him and his revolutionary mission and its impact on her commitment to the well-being of her young son, Freddie.   Inspired by the true story of Osborne Perry Anderson, the only African American participant in John Brown’s Raid to survive, and the tales of the playwright’s cotton-picking great-grandmother, Uprising explores notions of freedom and sacrifice, family and community.  In the shadow of emotionally charged nationwide protests against police brutality and the racial divide that is still a part of our American culture, it is imperative that conversation around slavery and freedom continue to be a part of the American zeitgeist.

WVFEST code discount: $10 off each ticket, special event nights and Saturday nights excluded.


Gabrielle Fulton (Playwright)

Gabrielle Fulton was the 2011-2012 National New Play Network Playwright-in-Residence at Atlanta’s Horizon Theatre Company. Her directorial debut, "Ir/Reconcilable", was selected as an HBO® Short Film Competition Finalist at the 2014 American Black Film Festival. Fulton, who earned her B.A. at Columbia University and her M.F.A. at Northwestern, is a member of the Dramatists Guild. 


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