FOURTEEN: A Theatrical Performance
For a limited production run beginning on June 19 (Juneteenth)—the holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the Confederate States of America—visitors can experience FOURTEEN, a moving theatrical performance that sheds new light on the Reconstruction era and the ratification of the 14th Amendment. Through dramatic interpretation of original texts, such as Frederick Douglass’s open letter “To My Old Master,” the 35-minute performance brings to life the leaders, influential figures, and everyday Americans who were central to the era.
FOURTEEN runs Tuesdays through Saturdays, from June 19 through August 10. On Tuesdays – Fridays, performances run 3 times a day at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m.; on Saturdays, performances run 4 times a day at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. FOURTEEN is free with museum admission. Seating is limited. All performances are subject to availability; please check the daily program guide upon arrival to confirm that day's show times. Additional performances will be available this fall, Mondays through Fridays, from October 14 through December 6. Performance dates for spring 2020 will be announced later in the year.
FOURTEEN is created in collaboration and consultation with nationally recognized, award-winning artists and scholars, including Drama Desk Award-winning theater artist Suli Holum; three-time Obie Award-winning playwright, director, and actor Ain Gordon; John Collins of the internationally acclaimed theater company Elevator Repair Service; Tony Award-winning sound designer and composer Rob Kaplowitz; and Barrymore Award nominated sound designers Daniel Ison and Sara Outing. This production is led by the Center’s director of theatre programs Nora Quinn.
This production has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.