Charismatic young revolutionary Fred Hampton lies sleeping next to his heavily pregnant girlfriend Deborah Johnson.
At just 21 years old, he’s negotiated non-violence pacts between street gangs, founded free public health clinics, and fed thousands of starving school children.
But in the darkness outside, 14 Chicago PD officers load their weapons...
Messiah is an explosive new play from Fringe First winners Bear Trap Theatre and Alfred Fagon Award-winner Paula B. Stanic, exploring the forgotten legacy of the ‘Black Messiah’ and the revolutionary power of young people.
Director: Jesse Briton; Writers: Jesse Briton & Paula B Stanic; Devised by the Company; Photo: Chicago Tribune
This piece is a shining example of politically engaging theatre and is pertinently staged on the cusp of a national election
The narrative somehow fails to be captivating, falling short of fulfilling its potential to stir emotions or add a fresh contribution to a hot topic
Messiah is still an excellent piece of theatre, relevant for the history books and as a chilling reflection on our society today