This production was staged as part of our 2014/15 Season

Native Guard

Native Guard

September 26 to October 19, 2014 | On the Hertz Stage
World Premiere
Part of the Hertz Series

A world premiere by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey

Join us nightly for Act II - a participatory experience hosted by community leaders, cast, and Alliance staff.

Ages 14+

History and memory collide in this theatrical staging of Pulitzer Prize winner and 19th U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey's searing poetry.

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard will be staged for the first time in this special Hertz Stage world premiere. Native Guard will take to the stage with music, image, and text in this special Hertz Stage world premiere. Native Guard juxtaposes the deeply personal experiences of Trethewey, a child of a then-illegal marriage between her black mother and white father living in 1960s Mississippi, with the experience of a soldier in the Native Guard, the first African-American Union troop in the Civil War, who was charged with guarding white Confederate captives. Years after her mother's tragic death, Trethewey reclaims her memory, just as she reclaims the voices of the black soldiers whose service has been all but forgotten. Join us nightly for Act II—a participatory experience hosted by community leaders, cast, and Alliance staff.  Act II also includes a complimentary wine, beer, or other beverage of your choice.  Click here to learn more and to see a full schedule of Act II hosts.  


Originally developed with support from the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Cast & Crew


  • Vocalist/As Cast
    Nicole is elated to return to the Alliance for yet another incredible experience. Regional credits: Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL as Mary Magdalene (Alliance Theatre);... read more »
  • Native Guard/Discussant/As Cast
    Neal is excited to once again hit the Alliance stage in another wonderful year of A Christmas Carol! Alliance Theatre credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo... read more »
  • The Poet/Discussant/As Cast
    January was last seen at the Alliance as Lena in the world premiere of Pearl Cleage’s What I Learned in Paris. Broadway: ENRON. Off-Broadway: Wings (Second Stage... read more »


  • Sound Designer
    Clay has been the Resident Sound Designer at the Alliance Theatre for 16 years and has designed more than 90 productions including 26 world premieres, 30 musicals and 23... read more »
  • Associate Projection Designer
  • Composer/Music Director
    The name Tyrone Jackson is quickly becoming synonymous with the quintessential jazz piano player. His creativity coupled with subtle accompaniments, has him poised for... read more »
  • Media Designer
    Adam Larsen, Projection Designer, has designed nearly 100 productions both on and off Broadway, including: Hal Prince’s LoveMusik (Broadway); The... read more »
  • Set Designer
    Patterson is a multitalented visual artist who has gone on to create incredibly varied works, from “Graced With Light” — a music-inspired installation... read more »
  • Costume Designer
    Taylor has designed sets and costumes for more than 160 productions. Her most recent Alliance set design was for August: Osage County, for which she received a Suzi Bass... read more »
  • Playwright
    Natahsa Trethewey served two terms as the 19th poet laureate of the United States (2012-2014). She is the author of four collections of poetry, Domestic Work (2000),... read more »
  • Lighting Designer
    Ken is the Resident Lighting Designer for Sarasota Opera, Lighting Designer for Atlanta Opera, and Lighting Director of FIO Americas, Brazil. Alliance credits: Native... read more »


  • Director
    Susan V. Booth joined the Alliance Theatre in 2001 and has initiated the Collision Project for teens, the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition,... read more »

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