the road weeps, the well runs dry

Surviving centuries of slavery, revolts and The Trail of Tears, a community of self-proclaimed Freemen (Black Seminoles and people of mixed origins) incorporate the first all-black U.S. town in Wewoka, Oklahoma. But the very foundations of the town are rocked when the new religion and the old way come head to head, their former enslavers arrive to imprison them and the leader of the Freemen makes use of his brilliant, ‘burning’ immortality. Written in gorgeously cadenced language, utilizing elements of black folklore and daring humor, the road weeps, the well runs dry merges the myth, folklore and history of the Black Seminole people.

Cast Requirements

7 men
4 women

Production and Development History

Commissioned: South Coast Repertory Theatre.

Funded by The Lark Play Development Center through grants from the Mellon Foundation.