Jefferson's Garden

Photo of Felicia Curry for the American premiere of Timberlake Wertenbaker's "Jefferson's Garden," at Ford's Theatre. Christopher Mueller
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Playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker explores the contradictions between our Founding Fathers’ ideals and the realities of freedom in America. Christian, a Quaker pacifist, defies his family to fight in the American Revolution. Susannah, an enslaved woman, is tempted to fight for the British when they promise her liberty. On their travels, Christian and Susannah cross paths with Thomas Jefferson, George Mason and Sally Hemings. These encounters force them to confront the compromises America makes after the promise of equality. Wertenbaker takes us from Revolutionary battlefields to Paris to Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello. Nataki Garrett (Woolly Mammoth’s "An Octoroon") directs this American premiere. Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. 



Production Information

Approximate Running Time
120 minutes


Martha/Nelly Rose
Harry/ Madison
Jefferson/Carl Christian
Louisa/Imogen/Patrick Henry

Creative Team

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