The Deliverance

A family in a shrinking black farming community in Texas have a deep spiritual and historical connection with the land that is being disrupted by climate change. So, when a land investor takes interest in buying their land, they must weigh which option is best for their future and their freedom.
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The Deliverance

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  • Rachel Bublitz:
    29 Nov. 2021
    THE DELIVERANCE weaves family, history, curses, and farming together to create a theatrically stunning evening of theater. It jumps off the page, I would love to see it fully realized on stage. As epic as "The Grapes of Wrath," but adds in the intersectionality of race with poverty for an even harder punch of truth.

Character Information

  • MAMA OLA
    N/A,
    Black, African American
    ,
    woman
    griot, storyteller; holder of history.
  • LORRAINE HOWARD
    60,
    Black, African American
    ,
    woman
    Wife of Curtis.
  • LENNY HOWARD
    40,
    Black, African American
    ,
    Man
    Eldest son of Curtis. 5th generation farmer. Next in line to inherit the farm.
  • JOHN CRAWFORD
    62,
    Black, African American
    ,
    Man
    Neighboring farmer.
  • HARVEST DANCERS
    N/A,
    Black, African American
    ,
    Any gender
  • GREG HOWARD
    35,
    Black, African American
    ,
    Man
    Youngest son of Curtis. Has recently finished business school.
  • FIELDS
    N/A, Array,
    N/A
  • DONNA HOWARD
    35,
    Black, African American
    ,
    woman
    Wife of Lenny. 7 Months pregnant with their first child.
  • DON RICHARDS
    50s-60s,
    White
    ,
    Man
    Investor.
  • CURTIS HOWARD
    66,
    Black, African American
    ,
    Man
    Howard family patriarch. 4th generation farmer. Owner of the Howard family farm.
  • ASASE YAA
    N/A,
    Black, African American
    ,
    woman
    Mother Earth; bearer of life.

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