Going Under the Covers with America’s Founding Fathers and Mates

The cast of 'Thomas and Sally' begin rehearsals at the Marin Theatre Company

The cast of 'Thomas and Sally' begin rehearsals at the Marin Theatre Company (Photo: Courtesy of Marin Theatre Co.)

Sept. 28–Oct. 22: The politics of race, religion and sex have been omnipresent in our culture this past year, and its reflection can be found in many plays opening on Bay Area stages this fall. The Marin Theatre Company is offering a world premiere of Thomas Bradshaw’s play Thomas and Sally, about Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings, who bore him six children. Bradshaw’s plays are always in-your-face: explicit about sex, and politics, and very funny and nasty. He’s also African-American, so he’s among the playwrights I’m most keen to see deconstruct this founding father, whose slaveholding ways and personal life mocked many of the values he so eloquently expressed in the Declaration of Independence. Bradshaw promises as well to take us into the beds of Ben Franklin, John and Abigail Adams, and the Marquis de Lafayette. I can’t wait. Details here.

Tara Pacheco is Sally Hemings and Mark Anderson Phillips plays Thomas Jefferson in Thomas Bradshaw’s play ‘Thomas and Sally’
Tara Pacheco is Sally Hemings and Mark Anderson Phillips plays Thomas Jefferson in Thomas Bradshaw’s play ‘Thomas and Sally.’ (Photo: Courtesy of Marin Theatre Co.)
Going Under the Covers with America’s Founding Fathers and Mates 6 September,2017Cy Musiker

  • Daniel Olson

    “Under the covers”? “Into the beds”? This isn’t a sex comedy. It’s a story about enslavement and rape. Your tone is troubling.

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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