Hamner presents Nat’s Last Struggle
Nat’s Last Struggle is a powerful one-act, one-man show written by Norfolk playwright P. A. Wray. Nat Turner led the slave rebellion that took place in Southampton County, Virginia during August 1831; this play is a dramatic adaptation of The Confessions of Nat Turner, published by Thomas R. Grey in November that same year as ‘an authentic account of the whole insurrection’. Woven into the piece are bits of lore and supposition regarding several aspects of Turner’s life.
Says playwright P.A. Wray, “I became fascinated with Nat’s brilliant mind which was tormented by slavery. To find release, Nat turned to religious fanaticism – something we continue to see the oppressed do today.”
Nat’s Last Struggle features George T. Davis, III as Nat Turner. It premiered at Norfolk’s The Venue on 35th in 2009, returning in August 2011 for the Norfolk Summer Play Fest, where Davis’s performance was described as ‘powerful’ and ‘growing in subtlety and complexity’ in a ‘thought-provoking and captivating’ play.
There will be two performances, Friday, Oct. 14 at 7:30PM and Sat., Oct. 15 at 2PM. Admission is $15, and as seating is limited, reservations are advised. Please call the Box Office at 434.361.1999.