Native Guard

Fri, May 1 - Mon, Aug 31

Following our critically acclaimed 2014 premiere and 2017 production at the Atlanta History Center of Natasha Tretheway's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry, LA Theatre Works captured an audio recording with our original cast including January LaVoy, Neal Ghant, and Nicole Banks Long, with original music by Tyrone Jackson. Native Guard is both an elegy to her mother and a journey into Mississippi’s Civil War history. In poetry and song, she reflects on her mother’s passing while contemplating the former slaves who became soldiers in a regiment known as the Native Guard. We’d like to reshare this story with you. Purchase a mp3 download of the audio play recording through LA Theatre Works for $4.99.


This recording was produced with the generous support of The Poetry Foundation.

Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in July 2018.

Written by Natasha Tretheway
Our production was originally directed by Susan V. Booth
Composer and Music Director, Tyrone Jackson
Original Sound Design, Clay Benning
January LaVoy as The Poet
Thomas Neal Antwon Ghant as the Native Guard
And featuring Nicole Banks Long on vocals and Tyrone Jackson on piano

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