Published by Faber & Faber
5 Male 4 Female
Christian is a Quaker
His family came to America to live in peace
But he is a young man fired up by dreams of revolution
Should he defy his community and pick up a gun?
Thomas Jefferson is also an idealist, with a vision of liberty for all
But America is a fractured coalition of states, in a bloody war for independence
How will he balance the ideal with the reality?
Susanna was born a slave
But the British promise liberation for those who join their fight against the revolution
So where does true freedom lie?
"This play brilliantly captures the idealism and passion of young people trying to create a new society, and the bitter disillusion when political pragmatism comes to dilute those original dreams.Timberlake identifies a faultline under American democracy that was fought over from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement and whose tragic consequences are still being played out today. It is a powerful contribution to the debate about the place of modern America in the world" ~ Brigid Larmour - Watford Palace Theatre Artistic Director