Adapted by Tony Kushner
Directed by Lane Savadove
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. Audiences of all races can intensely identify with the “other” in a way that is sorely needed in our world today.
This provocative remounting pays tribute to Stowe’s original novel and invites a sincere discussion of race in America.
“EgoPo's Unfortunate History Is Brave Theater” - Huffington Post
"EgoPo’s artistic team has created a stunning design...masterfully choreographed by Paule Turner and directed by Lane Savadove" - Stage Magazine
“A White Mammy. A Black Simon Legree. Is Philly Ready?”-The Philadelphia City Paper Cover Story
"Reworked 'Uncle Tom' Triumphs" -Philadelphia Inquirer
Listen to the conversation - EgoPo’s public forum on the show, “Performing Race in America”
“it's a novel about American character, American politics and American morality."- NPR, WHYY Newsworks