Theatre Production: "Native Guard"
Sunday, March 8, 7:30 pm
Talmadge Recital Hall, Bradley
By Susan Booth. Based on the book by Natasha Trethewey M.A. '91.
Hollins Theatre Institute is thrilled to present Native Guard, the Pulitzer Prize winning collection of poetry by Hollins alumna and former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. It will be presented in a theatrical reading featuring Dominic Taylor, nationally renowned African American theatre maker and Hollins Theatre Resident Professional Teaching Artist. Native Guard juxtaposes the deeply personal experiences of Trethewey, a child of a then-illegal marriage between her African-American mother and Caucasian father living in 1960s Mississippi, with the experience of a soldier in the Native Guard, the first African-American Union troop in the Civil War who was charged with guarding white Confederate captives. Years after her mother’s tragic death, Trethewey reclaims her memory, just as she reclaims the voices of the black soldiers whose service has been all but forgotten.
“Challenges the way the broader story of the Civil War has been told and memorialized.” — New York Times
“Trethewey serves our profound need for that rare thing—artistically fine Civil War poetry that expresses the way the war and Reconstruction affect all Americans to this very day. She is our Native Guard.”—David Madden, author of Sharpshooter
“A moving testimony.”—Atlanta Journal Constitution
Admission: Free and open to the public.