Featuring: Brian Barnhart, Brian Carter, George Demas, Sean Patrick Monahan and Julian Rozzell
Lighting Design: David Zeffren and Amy Harper
Sound Design: Steve Fontaine
Set Design: Chad Yarborough
Costume Design: Karl Ruckdeschel
Original Music: Paul Carbonara
Prop Design: Lynn Mancinelli
Stage Manager: Regina Betancourt
Asst. Director & Dramaturg: Marc Palmieri
2nd Asst. Director: Spencer Aste
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THE VAST MACHINE
Although Great Britain and the United States made the slave trade illegal in 1807-1808, other countries carried on the trade as did many illegal British and American traders. After 1818 the British and American navies sent vessels called interceptors to police the Middle Passage, sometimes impounding vessels, arresting crews, and returning captives to the African continent.
The Vast Machine
takes place on the slave ship Perisher completely becalmed on a mirror-like sea. Following an unsuccessful slave insurrection, the crew is almost completely decimated by illness, alcohol and accident. On the horizon is an approaching Interceptor.
Who were the crewmen that perpetrated the complex and multi-faceted crime of slavery? Who would take this work knowing what it entailed? Is there a vast machine that still grinds away today existing only because of the complacency and fear of the witness?