Uncle Tom's Cabin: An Unfortunate Melodrama
Based on the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Adaptation by Lane Savadove & Glenn Odom
Directed by Lane Savadove
A provocative look at the history of slavery and its legacy in American culture.
In 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel became an overnight sensation, selling millions of copies and becoming the best-selling book in America. It laid the groundwork for the Civil War and for the end of slavery. However, in the decades that followed, theatrical versions distorted the novel's message and fostered racial stereotypes.
EgoPo adapted the novel for the stage for the first time in more than a generation, and in a bold invention, cross-racially cast the entire play: slaves are portrayed by white actors, while masters are played by black actors. The result is a profound re-examination of how slavery continues to permeate racial identity.
Featuring: Nia Ali, Tiffany Bacon, Robert Carlton, Caroline Crocker, Katie Croyle, Langston Darby, Maria Konstantinidis, Anthony Martinez-Briggs, Rachel O'Hanlon-Rodriguez, Ryan Sanders, Lia Simon, Ed Swidey, Paule "Duchess" Turner, Matthew Weil, and Steve Wright
Director/Adaptation: Lane Savadove
Choreographer: Paule Turner
Dramaturg/Adaptation: Glenn Odom
Voice & Dialect Coach: Melanie Julian
Lighting Design: Matt Sharp
Costume Design: Natalia de la Torre
Scenic Charge: Joseph Napolitano
Sound Design/Composition: Zachary Wisely
Stage Manager: Matt Ploch
Assistant Director: Jaried Kimberley
Assistant Set Design: Heather Felker
Assistant Costume Design: Katie Verde
ASM/Properties: Kaitlin Kemp
ASM: Brookelyn Rose
Honorary Producer: The Wyncote Foundation
Production Sponsors: The Charlotte Cushman Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, and Rowan University College of Performing Arts