Death and the King's Horseman

April 13-23, 2016
Written by: Wole Soyinka
Directed by: Sonita L. Surratt and John Hildreth


Yoruba tradition dictates that when the king dies, his horseman must continue to serve him in the afterlife and voluntarily join him in death. Honored and prepared to do what is expected of him, Elesin, the king’s loyal horseman, prepares for the impending ritual with the support and blessings of his family and village. But the occupying British authorities have their reasons for wanting to keep the horseman alive and arrest him to prevent his departure. Based on a real incident in Nigeria in 1946, the persistent roar to honor sacred traditions takes the horseman’s journey through many unexpected turn.


Cast of Characters

Jesse-James Austin: Elesin Oba
Dylan Barlowe: The Resident/Dancer; u/s Simon Pilkings
Xavier Biddings: Sergeant Amusa/Olunde
Shenise Brown: Woman of the Village/Praise Dancer
Katy Campbell: Jane Pilkings
Lizzie D’Elia: Woman of the Village/Dancer; u/s Jane Pilkings
Kanami Eshita: Woman of the Village/Dancer)
Michael George: Woman of the Village/Dancer; u/s Iyaloja
Wade Lawrence Hollomon: Aide-de-Camp/Dancer
Anastasia Johnson: Iyaloja
Desiré Jones: Woman of the Village/ Dancer
Selena Lasley: Woman of the Village/Dancer


Production STAFF

Directors: Sonita L. Surratt and John Hildreth
Music Director: Michael Kaish
Choreographer: Keyierra Collins
Lighting Designer: Pauli Dandino
Set Designer: Hayden Penn
Sound Designer: Amanda Ziegler
Stage Manager: Audrey Kleine
Makeup Designer: Tyler Oser
Costume Designer: Endia Brown-Bey
Dialect Coach: Susan Gosdick