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Jefferson's Garden

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Timberlake Wertenbaker

Published by Faber & Faber

5 Male 4 Female

America, 1776

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?

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"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

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