Created in collaboration with residents in:
CHESAPEAKE, HAMPTON, NEWPORT NEWS, NORFOLK, PORTSMOUTH, SUFFOLK, VIRGINIA BEACH
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Director Chantal Pavageaux
Assistant Director Brittney Harris
Producer Goode Productions
Playmakers Jon Adam Ross, Zhailon Levingston
Music & Lyrics Ellie Kahn, Denise Manning
Music Director Ellie Kahn
Production Stage Manager Marijke Silberman
Assistant Stage Manager Leajjah Flemmings
Set & Prop Designer Terry Flint
Set Assistants Kim Higgins & Suzanne Peterson
Sound Designer Martha Goode
Lighting Designer Akin Ritchie
Costume Designer Demetria Geralds
Production Manager Patrick Mullins
Lobby Exhibit Team Renee Calway, Destini Harrell & Kelly Jackson
Community Engagement Ari Warmflash
Artistic Community Associate Caterina Nonis
Local Liaisons Kelly Jackson & Robin Mancoll
Dramaturg Rebecca Schorsch
Poster Art Aimee Bruce
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This play was made with nearly 1000 participants, from over 40 community organizations, across all 7-cities in the Hampton Roads area. Since August 2021 In[HEIR]itance Project artists have been working with community members exploring three narratives side-by-side; the story of Exodus, the history of Coastal Virginia, and the reflections of the people who call this place home. Community conversations revealed themes that became monologues, scenes, and songs which were then shaped in a participatory process into what you’re seeing today. All box office proceeds from this production will go back to local artists and arts organizations in Hampton Roads.
When we first started working in the Coastal Virginia area, we quickly realized that we could not talk about one city without the context of the others. We had to approach the region all together, like one family made up of individuals. The more community members told us about the challenges that the seven cities have faced in coming together, we were reminded of biblical scholar Leon Kass’ explanation of Exodus as a story of “fractured peoples becoming a nation.” Kass says that this nation building requires three parts: a shared narrative, shared agreements, and a shared commitment to something greater than themselves.
We were inspired by questions of how the cities of Hampton Roads can build a collective identity while also maintaining their own personalities, quirks and cultures. By examining a group of people who are connected as family and struggling to work together to face shared challenges, and exploring the reverberations of their decisions over time, we hope to reflect the multidimensionality of the issues facing this area, and how “the promised land” may still be within reach with a bit of expanded perspective.
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Advocates for Racial Justice
Muslim Community of Tidewater
Virginia Stage Company, Virginia Wesleyan University Scene Shop, Virginia Opera Costume
& Props Departments, WHRO/WHRV, Maizelle Brown, Denise Christian, BA Ciccolella, Melissa Day, Seth Feman, Dr. Johnny Finn, Katie Fletcher, Sibel Galindez, Jackie Glass, David & Susan Goode, Kenny Hopkins, Philip Odango, Wallis Quaintance, Kathleen Redfern, Huascar Robles, Rear Admiral Chip Rock, Vice Admiral Herm Shelanski, Larissa Trinder, Brad Tuggle, the ghosts of the Attucks Theatre, and all of the people of Hampton Roads who helped bring this project to life!
THIS PROJECT WAS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS, INSTITUTIONS, AND FOUNDATIONS
Shirley Baldwin, Clay Barr, Rob and Debbie Cross, Christina Goode, Jim Hixon, Connie Jacobson, Andria and Mike McClellan, Andrew Nusbaum and the Nusbaum Family, Jane and Win Short, Wayne Wilbanks, and Blair Wimbush