The Reclamation of Madison Hemings

It’s 1866, and the Civil War has ended. Madison Hemings, son of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, and Israel Jefferson, formerly enslaved footman, return to Monticello in search of Israel’s long-lost brother. Together, they must face their conflicting feelings about the man who wrote “All men are created equal.” Slavery has been abolished, but what really has changed? From what personal bonds do we need to break free? And where do we need to hold on tight? Don’t miss this gripping world premiere about history, family, and hard truths.

Original cast for the Goodman Theatre workshop of The Reclamation of Madison Hemings. L to R: John Cothran Jr., Stephen McKinley Henderson, playwright Charles Smith, director Ron O.J. Parson.

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