Creative Team

Co-creator

ERIC ANDERSON

Co-creator

SEAN EVELYN/ "TRUTH"

Co-creator

WAYLAND COLEMAN

Composer

GRACE GALU

Librettist

MAHOGANY L. BROWNE

Stage and Movement Director

JENNIFER HARRISON NEWMAN

Music Director

ANDRÉ DEQUADROS

Choir

Voices 21C

ERIC ANDERSON

SEAN EVELYN/ "TRUTH"

WAYLAND COLEMAN

GRACE GALU

JENNIFER HARRISON NEWMAN

ANDRÉ DEQUADROS

About

The Slaying of Innocence is a music-theatre work that emerges from the lived experience of African American men who have served and are currently serving prison sentences, in particular, Eric Anderson, Truth, and Wayland Coleman. Co-created by André de Quadros, Eric, Truth, and Wayland, the narrative incorporates their challenges in living life on the inside and the outside. Their stories are vividly told through rich and compelling poetry and poignant rap. The Slaying of Innocence fuses storytelling, music, and visual art to create a compelling artistic testimony about America’s broken and racialized justice system and the triumph of hope. The Slaying of Innocence crosses many cultural and aesthetic lines, impacting many different communities in its realization. The confluence of these artists from different mediums welcomes broad and inclusive audiences who respond to classical, contemporary, and popular music as well as theatre and spoken word/poetry slams. A large-scale version featuring immersive visual projections will be available for tours to national performing arts centers. These presentations aim to build awareness of our failed justice system, how it disproportionately affects African Americans, and how it has become the 21st-century version of Jim Crow. A second, more intimate version will tour detention centers nationally.

Support

Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, Arts Emerson, and Marian Godfrey. Developed and produced by Beth Morrison Projects. Additional support provided by MAP fund and the New England Foundation for the Arts.

The Slaying of Innocence is made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ New Work New England program, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Seedlings Foundation, the Fund for the Arts at NEFA, and individual donors.

Press

“de Quadros’ work leading multicultural and prison choirs around the world...”

The Power of Music in 60 Seconds

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