On Tuesday, rehearsals began for the world premiere of Jan Buttram's LOST ON THE NATCHEZ TRACE, set to begin previews February 3, prior to its official press opening February 12, at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex's Dorothy Strelsin Theatre (312 West 36th Street). Directed by
Kate Bushmann, the new play about a slave auctioneer and the one man who can save his life co-stars Peter Brouwer ("My Deah" and "Glory Girls") and Audelco Award-winner Leopold Lowe ("Ma Rainey's Black Bottom").
In LOST ON THE NATCHEZ TRACE, when slave auctioneer Malcolm Jeters (Brouwer) falls from his mule in Mississippi's Natchez Trace, he is left stranded, injured and starving. Tom (Lowe), a runaway slave, discovers him, offering a sliver of hope in the vast swampland. The
meeting triggers a desperate negotiation for Malcolm's rescue. Who will pay the highest price?
The production has scenic design by Andrew Lu; costume design by Catherine Siracusa and Sidney Levitt; lighting design by Travis McHale; and sound design by David Margolin Lawson. The Production Stage Manager is Genevieve Ortiz.
Playwright Jan Buttram is the Artistic Director of Abingdon Theatre Company. Her plays include PHANTOM KILLER, PRIVATE BATTLES, TEXAS HOMOS, and THE PARKER FAMILY CIRCUS. LOST ON THE NATCHEZ TRACE, a project that has been five years in the making, was written specifically for Mr. Brouwer.
LOST ON THE NATCHEZ TRACE runs February 3-26: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm; Friday and Saturdays at 8pm; with 2pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays (with the following exception: opening, Sunday, February 12 at 5pm).
Tickets are $25. For tickets and more information about Abingdon Theatre Company (312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues), call 212-868-2055 or visit www.abingdontheatre.org.
Photo credit: Kim T. Sharp
Director Kate Bushmann and playwright Jan Buttram
Co-stars Peter Brouwer and Leopold Lowe