FOURTEEN: A Theatrical Performance

Experience FOURTEEN, a moving theatrical performance that sheds light on the Reconstruction era and the ratification of the 14th Amendment. Through dramatic interpretation of original texts, the 35-minute performance—which is presented in conjunction with the National Constitution Center’s permanent exhibit, Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality—brings to life the leaders, influential figures, and everyday Americans who were central to the Reconstruction era.

FOURTEEN is created in collaboration and consultation with nationally recognized, award-winning artists and scholars.

Artistic Team

Natajia (Tay) Sconiers is an actress, wardrobe supervisor/costume designer from Cherry Hill, NJ. Graduating with a BA in Theatre from Rutgers University, Natajia is a former Arden Professional Apprentice of Class 26. She has recently played “Juletta” in PAC’s The Sea Voyage and understudied/gone on in Treasure Island at Arden Theatre Company. She has performed as an acting apprentice with Delaware Shakespeare and has performed in past New Jersey and Philly Fringe Festivals. Natajia has worked in costumes and wardrobe at multiple theatres in Philadelphia and New Jersey including: Ignoble Artist, The New Freedom Theatre, and The Philadelphia Opera House. She is positively thrilled to join the NCC and thanks her family for the constant love and support!  Brennen Savon Malone is a Philadelphia-born actor,  singer, performer, and teacher. He is so excited to be joining this wonderful show. After graduating from Bates College, he returned to Philly and worked as an Apprentice at the Arden Theatre for the 2017-18 season. Since finishing the program, he has been finding his way as an artist in the city. He loves education and theatre and is so excited to be able to combine the two.

Educational Videos

The Declaration of Independence and Frederick Douglass

The Emancipation Proclamation

Congressional Debates of the 14th Amendment

The Black Codes and Address of the Colored People’s Convention

Media Coverage

PHL17’s IN FOCUS: Reducing Pollution and the Theatrical Performance, "Fourteen"

And, we round out this week’s In Focus with one of the actors from “Fourteen.” The new performance at the National Construction Center focuses on the Reconstruction era and the ratification of the 14th Amendment. Actress Ebony Pullum and Nora Quinn, director of theater programs is with us for the show...

WHYY: Performing the Reconstruction Era (in its own words) in ‘FOURTEEN’ at National Constitution Center

For most kids studying history in public school, the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War is skipped over. “These rich stories of incredible progress in terms of representation in government — I know I wasn’t taught it, and I went to Philadelphia schools,” said Nora Quinn, director of theatre programs at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia...

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage: Inside the National Constitution Center: Q&A with Director of Theatre Programs Nora Quinn

How are cultural leaders and practitioners addressing artistic and organizational challenges today? And how do they make room for creative and institutional growth while facing shifting audience expectations and consumer behaviors? In this series of interviews with Center grantees, we offer a look inside the practices of many of Philadelphia’s leading cultural institutions and artists, their distinct characters, aspirations, and more...

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This production has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage:

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